You’ve probably already seen Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker tear it up on The Late Late Show With James Corden. In addition to their “Bloody Valentine” performance, Barker and MGK had a very interesting interview. An interview where Barker talks about the correct way to pronounce blink-182.
Is it blink one-eight-two or blink one-eighty-two or something entirely different? Find out below.
Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker rocked the house last with a performance of “Bloody Valentine.” The song is the first single from Machine Gun Kelly’s upcoming pop-punk record Tickets To My Downfall.
Before that rip-roaring performance, however, James Corden sat down with Kels and Travis Barker and talked about the record, how Barker and MGK became friends and how to pronounce blink-182.
Both Machine Gun Kelly and Barker talk about how they’d love quarantine if there wasn’t the coronavirus with Kels adding he’s “the best version of [himself].”
MGK talks about learning the words to blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again?” and tells how he first met Barker when he was “just a mixtape kid” around 18. Barker had invited him to a blink-182 show and they smoked, which Kels says was “the worst drive home [he] ever had, but the best memory [he] ever made.”
Before going on to perform though, Corden says that a while ago there was a debate on Twitter about how to pronounce blink-182.
Corden says he’s always said it “blink-one-eight-two. That’s what we’ve always called you in the UK. But in America, it’s blink-one-eighty-two, right?”
“Yeah, I think when we’re over there we’re okay with people saying ‘blink-one-eight-two,” Barker says. “And in the States it has always been blink one-eighty-two. So I guess it’s just like where we’re at. When we’re in Europe or the UK, they’re always saying blink-one-eight-two.”
Corden chimes back in and pitches his argument that it is “blink-one-eight-two” otherwise it would be “blink-one hundred-eighty-two.”
“Yeah, that would sound really weird,” Barker jokes.
Corden presses for a definitive answer on the pronunciation.
“It’s so hard,” Barker replied. “I guess because of the way you [Corden] just explained it to me, it could be blink-one-eight-two.” MGK lets out a gasp of bewilderment and a gigantic “wooaaahhhhh.”
“I mean, hundred and eighty-two is really odd,” Barker continued. “But, I mean its better than blink-eighteen-two.”
Corden directs the question to Machine Gun Kelly who is clearly passionate about the debate.
“Baby Yoda would probably call it ‘one-eighty-two blink, so there are so many different ways to approach the name of this. I’m like a blink hunnid-eighty-two.”
Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba talked about the pronunciation on Good Morning Britain in the past, saying “We say one-eighty-two because we’re American but when we got to Australia and the UK people say one-eight-two.”
“Thank you James. Some say one eighty two. Some say one eight two. But in all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the B in blink-182 should be lower-case.”
Thank you James. Some say one eighty two. Some say one eight two. But in all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the B in blink-182 should be lower-case. https://t.co/d3Gi2Ezmhu
— Ḿå℟₭ (@markhoppus) November 19, 2018
Then DeLonge jumped in as he usually does, with a joke.
It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years. Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art.
It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years. Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art. https://t.co/jmsfv401KF
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) November 19, 2018
Watch the interview below.
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