When I first heard that Matt Skiba was going to replace Tom DeLonge in blink-182, I had several reactions. First, what about Alkaline Trio? I love that band. Second, okay, whatever. blink hasn't been all that exciting these last few years. I didn't even buy their last album and the whole drama scenario that Tom brought to the band sort of ruined what had been one of the biggest bands to influence me as a musician. I used to love blink but they really had become a let down in every facet of a band worth following. Lastly, what the Hell is this going to sound like? How is the King of morbid Chicago pop punk going to sound in the band that brought the light hearted, fun pop punk of Southern California? The scenes and styles couldn't be much more different. This made no sense to me.
Until I thought about it.
Bizarro was a villain from the DC Comics universe. He was basically Superman with an evil twist. He came from Bizarro world. This whole Bizarro version of Superman was later expanded into pop culture by the T.V. show, "Seinfeld". Jerry Seinfeld is a big Superman fan, so it's no wonder this became a running joke on the show, as characters would run into the Bizarro versions of each other throughout the seasons. The idea was picked up by "How I Met Your Mother", as the characters would run into the 'doppelganger' versions of themeselves. Bizarro branding even appeared in an episode of "South Park", with the little Bizarro versions of the Colorado kids appearing identical, but with goatees.
It was from this perspective that I decided to start comparing the two bands. And what I found is that Alkaline Trio is indeed the Bizarro blink-182.
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