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
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