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The Story Behind Blink-182’s ‘Enema Of The State’ Album Cover

"This record changed our lives."
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On June 1, 1999, blink-182 released Enema of the State, an album that would go on to sell more than 15 million copies and change the band’s lives forever.

The album boasted three major singles, each unique: the humor-driven “What’s My Age Again?,” midtempo love song (well, much as blink can do love songs) “All The Small Things” and suicide tale “Adam’s Song.”

As the ’90s came to a close, the album transcended the pop-punk world and reached the mainstream. And with it, the album’s cover became indelible, particularly in the minds of blink’s many teenaged male fans; the cover art famously features adult film star Janine Lindemulder adorning a nurse uniform and rubber glove. According to bassist/singer Mark Hoppus, it took three tries to get the artwork correct.

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During a reddit session from his London home Sunday, (June 2), Hoppus thanked loyal fans by revealing a few secrets about the pop-punk masterpiece. He wrote:

Wow. 14 years. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Here’s some trivia about the artwork. There are three different versions. Initial release version has the red cross on the nurse’s hat and a capital B Blink-182. We’d always preferred the lower case b, so the artwork was changed to the second version: red cross on the nurse’s hat, lower case b blink-182 (my favorite). We were then contacted by the Red Cross that, as we are in no way a medical organization (which I would debate. one time I changed a band-aid), we should not have a red cross on our artwork. If we continued using the red cross logo, we would be in violation of the Geneva Convention. (for real). Thus, the third iteration of the artwork: no red cross, lower case b blink-182.

This record changed our lives. Thanks to everyone who has supported it through these years. It still makes me happy to be onstage and hear Tom start the opening riff of What’s My Age Again. Looking forward to new music in the future.

And by the way, it’s “wore cologne,” not “walk alone.”

According to Tom Delonge the band is working on a follow-up to its 2011 comeback album, Neighborhoods. On May 22, Delonge tweeted: “This is my office… Inside my studio… As I Record… A new #Blink song.”

The band is schedule to co-headline the Riot Fest in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, September 13-15.

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