Before Tom DeLonge came back to Blink-182, the band were breathing fresh air with Matt Skiba. Before anything came out from the new lineup, there already was talk about having a legendary punk guest in Fat Mike from NOFX join the group for a song. Sadly, it was squashed by Travis Barker.
Fat Mike recently opened up about the first album that Blink-182 made with Matt Skiba. As Mike says, there was a song on the album that he did with the band.
Mike said: “They recorded the album, they recorded the song for the album, and their label said ‘This is your first single.’ Matt called me and said, “Dude, you won’t believe this, but your song ‘Punk Rock Cliché’ is going to be our first single.” It was a big deal because it was their first single in years. Then he called me up six weeks later and said, “I don’t know how to tell you this, but I told the band you wrote the song and they dropped it off the album completely.”
This is really sad because what a way it would have been for Blink-182 to make a comeback with Fat Mike apart of the project.
Mike continued: “But it was just weird because Travis and I used to text and talk pretty regularly. He played on one of my albums. We weren’t close, but we were friends. And he just never spoke to me again after that. At first, it felt really, really bad for me. It really bummed me out because I got my hopes up, and I really liked the song. So about a year or two later, NOFX recorded it — because it was still my song.”
Having Mike involved could have easily helped the new beginning to Blink-182, but Mike now has it scheduled for release on their new album.
Mike closed: “It didn’t make it on Single Album, but it was recorded four or five years ago. Now, it’s coming out on our new album. It’s funny because six months ago, I reached out to [Blink-182] and said “Hey, you guys want to do a split seven-inch? It would be pretty cool to have both versions of the same songs.” No response from anyone. No shit, but their version is way better than the NOFX version. I tried really hard, but Travis just killed it.