An unnecessarily deep dive into the cameo appearance of Blink-182 in American Pie
Blink-182 not part of hilarious 1999 teen sex comedy American pie for a very long time. In total, they get something like 29 seconds of screen time. But it’s a really good 29 seconds, and worth exploring in what might be considered excessive detail.
While sometimes the cameos are sorted at the last minute, Blink-182 has been involved in American pie not only before production, but before it is called American pie. In a 1998 Canadian interview, bassist Mark Hoppus told a reporter, âWe have a little part where we’re a band playing in the background. It’s called East Great Falls, and it’s about four high school kids trying to fuck before they graduate, and we’re like a band playing in one of the scenes and we get a few lines.
Many years later he said, âWe were a part of this movie before it even got shot, when it was just a script that was circulating in Hollywood. A friend of ours brought it to our attention and I thought it was the funniest scenario I have ever seen. I think Tom read for one of the parts, or something like that. We were really proud to be a part of this film. It’s awesome.
This is Tom DeLonge’s second appearance in a movie. He is credited as Thomas M. DeLonge for some reason. His first was a year earlier, when he had a line – “Alright!” – as an employee of Dave the Burger Jungle in the horror comedy Inactive hands.
Plot-wise, the unnamed group Blink describes are rehearsing when his attention is drawn to a link that film protagonist Jim (Jason Biggs) unwittingly sent to “every mailbox in the East directory. High â. The link is to a webcam feed set up to watch exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) change, which then becomes a feed of Jim prematurely ejaculating twice. The purpose of Blink in the movie is to make it clear that a lot of people are watching. The script originally had a group of stoners instead of a group, with a caged monkey.
The group at this point consists of DeLonge, Hoppus and new recruit Travis Barker. New to the group and decidedly quieter than the other two, with the exception of some âholy shitâ in unison, Barker doesn’t do much in the film. Awkwardly, in the end credits of the film the bad drummer is named – the garage band is said to be Hoppus, DeLonge and Scott Raynor. Raynor had recently been fired and replaced by Barker, and someone at Universal Pictures did not receive the memo. (The credit just above the group in the end credits is for the “Computer Nerd” character, played by an actor named Travis Cody Aimer, which adds another element to the Travis / Scott confusion above.)
The other guy with them is played by actor Danny Spink. Spink also appears in the sequel, and later appeared in Butterfly Effect and The incredible Burt Wonderstone. The monkey is played by animal actor Crystal The Monkey, who has arguably the most impressive IMDb page of all. American pie, except maybe Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge. Crystal appeared in George of the jungle, both Eddie Murphy Dr Doolittle movie theater, The Hangover Part II and the whole Night at the museum franchise.
Hoppus is 27 here and DeLonge and Barker are 23. Spink is 20 years old and the monkey is five years old.
With “Go Trig-boy, it’s your birthday”, Hoppus reinterprets a song by Luther “Luke” Campbell of 2 Live Crew, It’s your birthday, from 1994. Luke’s song is a celebration of birthdays, grouping people both by month and by zodiac sign with the aim of wishing everyone a happy birthday, but in doing so, it misses a lot of things – he only names four months and nine astronomical signs. 50 cents In the club, which came out in 2003, opens with a similar wording, for which Luke’s manager attempted to sue 50 Cent. The case was dismissed. 50 Cent is currently producing a TV show called The oath, which stars singer Christina Milian, who is also in American pie as a member of the choir. It’s a big loop!
Part of this sequence is accompanied by the song Blink-182 Pooch. This was the second version of Pooch – an earlier version, featuring Raynor on drums, was recorded for the soundtrack of a surf movie. Re-register it for the American pie The soundtrack marked both Barker’s first work with Blink that was recorded and the group’s first collaboration with producer extraordinary Jerry Finn.
Finn has worked on four albums with Blink, and would still work with them if it weren’t for his tragically early death in 2008 at the age of 39. Finn was responsible for perfecting and developing the way they sounded on record, and for the stratospheric success of State enema – and everything beyond – owes a lot to his ears, his vision and his passion. Funny, enthusiastic, and able to bring out the best in whatever he’s worked on, he’s left a huge hole in the music industry. “He helped shape the sound and direction of Blink-182, from State enema until the end, “Hoppus said after Finn’s death.” When my son was born, while everyone was sending us baby blankets and teddy bears, Jerry and his girlfriend gave him a baby girl black leather jacket covered with metal studs and Ramones pins. Every day that I have spent with Jerry over the past 10 years, I feel like he’s taught me something new about music, recording, or life. “
Blink-182 is probably the group most associated with American pie franchise, which is fair enough considering the cameo and soundtrack, but their music only appears on the first two films. the american pie 2 soundtrack characteristics Every time I look for you, and that’s all. It just happened at a really pivotal moment – between shooting the cameo and the movie being released in theaters, State enema was out and the How old am I? the video was in intense rotation making them very recognizable even with clothes on. There were more cries of recognition in theaters than anyone might have expected.
And now, 22 years later, thanks to DeLonge’s mission to expose UFOs, Barker being on just about every record released this year and Hoppus’ status as one of music’s most beloved men, they are arguably the most famous people in the film set. In the completely opposite situation to what happens to Jim in the movie, no one saw it coming.