Incredible to think that blink-182 have been famous for 20 years now. Twenty years! There have been a few hiccups along the way, of course – side projects that caused rifts, the occasional indefinite hiatus, Tom DeLonge’s departure – but they’ve somehow managed to still be a thing – still massive, still great, still hilarious.
In 1999 though, all of that was yet to come, and Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker were three fresh-faced, pert-buttocked youngsters. Dude Ranch had done very well, particularly Dammit, and new recruit Barker was absurdly good, but little did they know, they were about to go stratospheric.
What’s My Age Again? was the first single from Enema Of The State, an album that went on to sell a staggering 15 million copies and still tops lists of the best pop-punk albums ever. While second single All The Small Things was an even bigger hit, this video was in a lot of ways career-defining, earning the band a reputation as perpetually-nude pranksters that they were sometimes uneasy with. The song – initially titled Peter Pan Syndrome until people at the label objected, saying it was too obscure a reference – is at once a celebration and lament at wilful immaturity inspired by Hoppus’s own life.
Look, though, we’re all here for the naked dudes. So let’s go for it.