Kung Fu records is proud to be home of Blink 182's very first album "Buddha". This is the record that Mark and Tom used to sell on cassette (themselves!) at their merchandise booth at their earliest shows in San Diego, California.
The Vandals met Blink 182 at a show they both played with Unwritten Law many years ago. Mark, Tom, and then drummer Scotty, were impossible not to get along with and so The Vandals started putting Blink on a lot of Vandals shows to help Blink break out beyond the San Diego punk scene. Other bands like Pennywise and NOFX were also doing this because everyone liked these guys. Blink later rewarded The Vandals' label with Buddha which, as you can imagine, is Kung Fu records' biggest seller.
Buddha's rough and punk yet cute - and sometimes really funny - material, provides an early window into what we now know as a world wide phenomena.
.... Blink-182's first album, Buddha, may be a little generic, but it's nevertheless a solid skatepunk record that illustrates the group's flair for speedy, catchy hooks and irreverent humor. There are a few weak cuts, but on the whole, it's a promising debut.
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
released February 6, 2014
Mark Hoppus - Bass / Vocals
Tom De Longe - Guitar / Vocals
Scotty Raynor - Drums
Original Recording Executive Produced By Pat Secor
Re-mixed by Warren Fitzgerald and Jon St. James
at Formula 1 Studios in La Habra, California
Art Direction: Grace Walker
January 1994 (original)
October 27, 1998 (re-issue)
Recorded January 1994 at Doubletime Studios, Santee, California
For more info on this release:
Here's a note from us:
We read the above wikipedia entry and learned things we never knew about the history of this release before it came to our label.
There's a bit of a controversy over it but what we can say for sure is that if we didn't put this out, MCA / Universal Records was going to bury it with all their legal might.
Kung Fu, owned by one attorney, hired another attorney, and spent tens of thousands of dollars to prevent the death of these recordings. The original label never would have been able to do that, and given the choice, would not have even contributed to the legal fund necessary to pull it off.
We fought like hell to keep it from MCA ( so Blink fans could enjoy it) and we have proudly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties to the band (including Scott Raynor) over the years. We have no reason to disbelieve the band's version of the history of these recordings. We are proud to have this as part of our catalog because of the music, it's historical significance, and how hard we worked to keep it.