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Cary Father Concerned About Pop Band Blink 182

Posted August 3, 2001

— Blink 182 is one of the top rock bands in the country right now. But the California bad boys of rock are not winning over many parents. Their show at Alltel Pavilion this week drew thousands of teens, but one Cary dad was so revolted, he walked out -- and now he is warning other parents.

When Jim Bartley of Cary took his 14-year-old son Andrew and some friends to see Blink 182 in concert, he expected to see a pop band.

"They were in fact a Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Ozborne type of band in disguise. It was contrasted by bubblegum song lyrics and then this hardcore x-rated sexually explicit commentary. It was just savage," said Bartley.

The staff at SchoolKids Records says Bartley should have done a little homework on Blink 182. All the band's CDs, including the latest, 'Take Off Your Pants' and 'Jacket,' include warnings for explicit lyrics.

"The guys tend to get naked in their videos and are quite silly and lewd at times," said Jesse Mimms of SchoolKids Records.

From bras on stage to crude language to running naked, Blink members admit, even


parents are appalled.

"It's really bad taste once again and that seems to be what we've gotten better at saying worse and worse things," said Tom DeLonge of Blink 182.

"Maybe now that I have kids I'm more and more concerned about what they're subjected to and what values they're given as normal," said Bartley.

"I do kind of think he's overdramatizing, but, that's a parent. I'd probably do the same thing when I'm an adult," said Andrew Bartley.

Jim Bartley believes he did the right thing by making his son leave the concert. He predicts many other parents would have done the same had they attended the show. Blink 182, meanwhile has the number 11 album in the country after debuting at number one.


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