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Blink-182 Are a Little Less Than Merry in “Not Another Christmas Song”

“Why can’t we get divorced for Christmas?”

Is there any sentiment more pop-punk than hating Christmas?

Okay, so maybe hating your hometown or never wanting summer to end — but aside from that, probably not much else.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Blink-182 have written a Christmas song for the Hot Topic crowd — “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas” has found a home on many “anti-Christmas” playlists made up by angsty teenagers, alongside other classics like “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out” by Fall Out Boy and the My Chemical Romance cover of “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

But for the immature content of the lyrics (which is a welcome return to form for Blink-182, especially in light of the relatively polarizing NINE), “Not Another Christmas Song” is more musically aligned with the melodic and mature Blink-182 that happened after the self-titled/untitled album than the punk rock Blink-182.

The song itself is fun and “punk rock” Christmas songs are rare, so complaining about a new addition to the list seems a bit ungrateful; however, there’s just enough dissonance between the song and lyrics that it comes off more as “sad” than “funny” and “irreverent,” which it’s meant to be.

The best part of the new Blink-182 song is the lyric “Another year not in a coffin // Growing up or whatever you call it,” which is a clever nod to music journalists always referencing the famous line from “Dammit” (which Mark Hoppus has made comments on before). But mostly, the song’s just a reference to divorce and hating when you get exactly what you ask for, which is way more of a bummer than lyrics about being creeped out over perpetual Christmas cheer.

Naturally, the Blink-182 of today is not the same Blink-182 from 2001 (don’t worry, we’ll spare you a bad “Dammit” pun), so maybe they are feeling more bummed out by the holidays than pissed off. But we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: listening to Blink-182 should be a fun experience and when it’s not, it definitely feels like a little bit of a letdown.

At least there’s a fun claymation-style video that we’ll (probably) get to see soon.

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