Former blink-182 bandmates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge reunited on Hoppus' After School Radio show on Apple Music Hits to discuss their time in one of Punk's most beloved bands and give some behind-the-scenes band insight.
During their lengthy chat, appropriately titled The Mark and Tom Show, the two friends and fellow musicians got into everything from UFOs to movies, music videos, Tom's current Angels & Airwaves project which is set to arrive in September, and much more.
When Mark asked what Tom's favorite blink-182 video was, things got a little out of hand. "I still really like ‘Always,'" DeLonge says. "Because the complexity of filming that was so amazing. I learned so much. Even on my movie that I just did this summer, I still do things that I learned on that watching Joseph Khan do that. I just thought it was brilliant."
Mark jumped in to remind him, “And we were drunk,” but Tom remembered quite a bit more. “Yeah, remember when Travis had to kiss the chick and we were like, ‘You got to do what? You're married. How's that going to work?’ You and I were tripping. We were like, ‘Oh my God. We're rock stars,’ but we're still 14."
“We were like, ‘Ooh, he's going to kiss her. He's going to kiss her,’” Hoppus added. DeLonge continued, “We heard that huge argument broke out between you and me against Travis, because we were like, ‘Well, you never even kiss us.’ And then that was weirder."
As the memories came flooding back, Mark asked, “He got to make out with the lady in which video? The ‘What's My Age Again?’ video, and then he got to make out with the lady in the ‘Always’ video.”
“Now I'm on to him. Now I know what he was doing,” says DeLonge.
Hoppus was having none of that, calling out Tom bluntly. “But then just the other day you send me a picture of yourself," he says, "you're directing an Angels and Airwaves video, and there's a bunch of models behind you in lingerie and you're like, ‘I'm making art over here.’”
“This is art,” DeLonge says in defense. “It's the human body. I just think it's really disrespectful to cover up what God made, and I think that I'm trying to uncover it. No. I think it's funny, for me, I'm thinking about doing these videos and they go, ‘Okay, here's two grand to make a video.’ No, I don't know, what do they spend, 15 to 20 grand? It's so small for a band like Angels, so I'm like, ‘Well, what do people want to watch that costs a few thousand bucks?’ I know it's definitely not me. It's going to be really pretty girls in thongs or something, and motorcycles. And so yeah, it was funny, we had the video, we shot it here… All I came up with when I really put all of my skills and talents together, it was like, we'll just get five girls that are pretty much naked, but it looks really cool. It's all arty and stuff."
Tom says that video is for a song called “Spellbound."
“It sounds like Depeche Mode. It's really different,” he says. “We haven't released it yet, but it's a super old Depeche Mode type thing, at least in a way that I can try. No one's ever going to be as good as them obviously. I mean, I can be as good as the Beatles, but not Depeche Mode.”