We gave it a D
The most offensive of the new batch of live albums is undoubtedly blink 182’s The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back). It’s not that this wise ass trio of lucky punks make terrible music — their crass, hyperkinetic tunes are just the thing for adolescents who find Green Day too intellectually challenging — but this collection is wholly unwarranted from a band whose breakthrough album is barely a year old.
A sticker on the CD cover trumpets putative selling points, promising ”the new song ‘Man Overboard,”’ ”their biggest hits,” and ”those great blink 182 one liners” (”I choose to blame my parents for giving me a small, bent wiener and an ugly face”). Still, the marketing strategy at work here is laughably obvious: to quickly flood the market with blink 182 product before their fans outgrow ’em.