4. Embrace what made them popular
In an interview with NME, Tom Delonge appeared to insult both his bandmates and his legion of fans when he criticised Blink’s earlier material.
He was quoted as having said: ““I do not want to be in a bullshit pop band with some bullshit pop songs while you drive your fucking bullshit car and sing along to it like you’re some 14 year-old girl.”
If true, Tom needs to realise that Blink’s back catalogue isn’t “bullshit pop”. Sure, it’s not all gold, but songs like Josie, Pathetic and Lemmings spoke to a generation of teenagers who are now well into their twenties and even thirties who don’t appreciate having something they loved spoken about in that way.