Geffen RecordsNobody likes you when you’re 23, so Blink-182‘s Enema of the State officially still has three years left.
Released June 1, 1999, the third album from the pop-punk trio celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday. The record has been certified five-times platinum in the U.S., and is the best-selling release of Blink’s career.
Enema of the State spawned the hit singles “All the Small Things,” “What’s My Age Again?” and “Adam’s Song.” Each of the tracks’ videos were also in heavy rotation on MTV.
“That record changed my life forever,” former Blink guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge tells ABC Radio. “To be a kid that wanted to be a musician, and to have a record go and sell millions and millions of copies and all of the sudden you’re on the cover of Rolling Stone…yeah, I have a lot of memories.”
If you’ve been following DeLonge’s post-Blink career, then it may not surprise you to learn that one of his favorite memories from the Enema days is when he wrote the song “Aliens Exist,” early evidence of the musician’s growing interest in the possibility extraterrestrial life.
Since leaving Blink in 2015, DeLonge has launched his To the Stars Academy UFO research program, which includes multiple former government an military officials on staff, and his new docu-series Unidentified premieres Friday on History.
“That’s a good memory for me because I remember writing that song,” DeLonge says of “Aliens Exist.” “The fact that I’m here now, surrounded by guys in the CIA and the DOD and partnered with the U.S. government on a variety of things, it’s unreal to me.”
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