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Can You Match The Lyrics To The Blink-182 Song About Gambling Travis Barker Away?

How well do you remember Blink-182’s songs about using Travis Barker as collateral in a high-stakes poker game? Take the quiz to find out!

  1. 1. It’s a fuckin’ bummer
    Makes you wanna cry loud
    Our fuckin’ buddy Travis
    He lives in Taiwan now
    ’Cause he was good at drumming
    And he was worth a whole lot
    They tape-measured his fingers
    I had a couple bad thoughts
    It was a game of poker
    A backroom back in Reno
    They put him in a choker
    And said, “You belong to me now”

    Sorry, but no! This is a verse from Blink-182’s “Reno Torpedo,” the first song Tom and Mark wrote about the time they gambled their drummer and friend away in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’em in a shady Reno backroom. The song was famously debuted at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, where the two remaining bandmates played using a drum machine, a sign of respect to their recently enslaved brother.

    Correct! This is a verse from Blink-182’s “Reno Torpedo,” the first song Tom and Mark wrote about the time they gambled their drummer and friend away in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’em in a shady Reno backroom. The song was famously debuted at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, where the two remaining bandmates played using a drum machine, a sign of respect to their recently enslaved brother.

    Sorry, but no! This is a verse from Blink-182’s “Reno Torpedo,” the first song Tom and Mark wrote about the time they gambled their drummer and friend away in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’em in a shady Reno backroom. The song was famously debuted at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, where the two remaining bandmates played using a drum machine, a sign of respect to their recently enslaved brother.

    Sorry, but no! This is a verse from Blink-182’s “Reno Torpedo,” the first song Tom and Mark wrote about the time they gambled their drummer and friend away in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold’em in a shady Reno backroom. The song was famously debuted at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, where the two remaining bandmates played using a drum machine, a sign of respect to their recently enslaved brother.

  2. 2. Parents just don’t get us
    Everything we’ve been through
    You and me will run away
    But never back to Reno
    They urged us to gamble Travis
    They said double or nothing
    We thought we’d catch some magic
    Turned out to be a dumb thing
    He was at the main bar
    While we were in the back room
    They dragged him out to their car
    And we told him the bad news
    He was their possession now (x4)

    Correct! This is the opening verse from “Negotiating Nymphos,” the hit single from Blink-182’s 2003 album Poker Chippendales, which saw the band turn away from singing about growing up and wanting to have sex to tackle the emotional and mental anguish of gambling Travis Barker away to a team of high-rolling Taiwanese businessmen years earlier. Mixed with a healthy dose of suburban teenage angst and post-traumatic regret, this song is viewed by real Blink fans as a turning point for the band.

    Wrong! This is the opening verse from “Negotiating Nymphos,” the hit single from Blink-182’s 2003 album Poker Chippendales, which saw the band turn away from singing about growing up and wanting to have sex to tackle the emotional and mental anguish of gambling Travis Barker away to a team of high-rolling Taiwanese businessmen years earlier. Mixed with a healthy dose of suburban teenage angst and post-traumatic regret, this song is viewed by real Blink fans as a turning point for the band.

    Incorrect! This is the opening verse from “Negotiating Nymphos,” the hit single from Blink-182’s 2003 album Poker Chippendales, which saw the band turn away from singing about growing up and wanting to have sex to tackle the emotional and mental anguish of gambling Travis Barker away to a team of high-rolling Taiwanese businessmen years earlier. Mixed with a healthy dose of suburban teenage angst and post-traumatic regret, this song is viewed by real Blink fans as a turning point for the band.

    Nope! This is the opening verse from “Negotiating Nymphos,” the hit single from Blink-182’s 2003 album Poker Chippendales, which saw the band turn away from singing about growing up and wanting to have sex to tackle the emotional and mental anguish of gambling Travis Barker away to a team of high-rolling Taiwanese businessmen years earlier. Mixed with a healthy dose of suburban teenage angst and post-traumatic regret, this song is viewed by real Blink fans as a turning point for the band.

  3. 3. She was the girl of my dreams
    And we would talk after class
    She had the sweetest nose ring
    I acted like such an ass
    And as great as it was
    Having so much damn fun
    I just couldn’t stop
    Thinking of Travis’ mug
    As they tied him with rope
    When our cards came up 7 and 2
    As he lost all his hope
    And screamed, “What did you do?”
    Now Travis is likely a slave (x8)

    Wrong! This is from “No Means No,” a song that showed Blink-182 really begin to accept the reality that the friend they gambled away was, in all likelihood, being forced into slave labor in a foreign country. This was the beginning of a change for the band, as they began to write beyond angsty, teenage emotions and instead began grappling with seeing Travis bound and gagged after a series of terrible decisions.

    Sorry, but no! This is from “No Means No,” a song that showed Blink-182 really begin to accept the reality that the friend they gambled away was, in all likelihood, being forced into slave labor in a foreign country. This was the beginning of a change for the band, as they began to write beyond angsty, teenage emotions and instead began grappling with seeing Travis bound and gagged after a series of terrible decisions.

    Incorrect! This is from “No Means No,” a song that showed Blink-182 really begin to accept the reality that the friend they gambled away was, in all likelihood, being forced into slave labor in a foreign country. This was the beginning of a change for the band, as they began to write beyond angsty, teenage emotions and instead began grappling with seeing Travis bound and gagged after a series of terrible decisions.

    Correct! A few years removed from the incident that would traumatize the remaining band members for decades to come, “No Means No” saw Blink-182 really begin to accept the reality that the friend they gambled away was, in all likelihood, being forced into slave labor in a foreign country. This was the beginning of a change for the band, as they began to write beyond angsty, teenage emotions and instead began grappling with seeing Travis bound and gagged after a series of terrible decisions.

  4. 4. Warped Tour / is sick
    I’m your / main dick
    Come by / our table
    I’m so / unstable
    Travis / in a cage
    Atop a / Cadillac Escalade
    I tried / to bargain
    With the guy / in charge and
    He said / “no way”
    Life’s a / never-ending Monday
    The license plate was in Taiwanese (x10)
    It’s fun to think our friend somehow broke himself free (x10)
    But we all know in our hearts that he didn’t (x10)

    Wrong! These lyrics are from “Anthem Part 3 (Cage Boy),” the bonus song on their 1996-2006 greatest hits collection. While the “Best Of” album largely included the classic party songs that helped rocket the band to megastardom, Tom and Mark made sure to pay homage to their favorite Taiwanese slave, too.

    Correct! Only real Blink fans will remember this verse from “Anthem Part 3 (Cage Boy),” the bonus song on their 1996-2006 greatest hits collection. While the “Best Of” album largely included the classic party songs that helped rocket the band to megastardom, Tom and Mark made sure to pay homage to their favorite Taiwanese slave, too.

    Nope! These lyrics are from “Anthem Part 3 (Cage Boy),” the bonus song on their 1996-2006 greatest hits collection. While the “Best Of” album largely included the classic party songs that helped rocket the band to megastardom, Tom and Mark made sure to pay homage to their favorite Taiwanese slave, too.

    Sorry, but that’s wrong! These lyrics are from “Anthem Part 3 (Cage Boy),” the bonus song on their 1996-2006 greatest hits collection. While the “Best Of” album largely included the classic party songs that helped rocket the band to megastardom, Tom and Mark made sure to pay homage to their favorite Taiwanese slave, too.

  5. 5. Now she’s with another guy
    It honestly just makes me want to cry
    Why are girls such a damn drag
    In Taiwan last month I swear that I saw Trav
    We were doing a couple of shows
    He was in a fish market and wearing nice clothes
    He had a full head of hair
    A wife and nine kids and no tattoos anywhere
    There’s no winning with girls who can rock (x4)

    Wrong! This is from “Friendly Face In A Shitty Place,” which skyrocketed to #1 on the charts because of its throwback pop-punk vibe and beautiful description of a final, possible interaction with Travis Barker that left fans wondering if the drummer could somehow still be alive.

    Incorrect! This is from “Friendly Face In A Shitty Place,” which skyrocketed to #1 on the charts because of its throwback pop-punk vibe and beautiful description of a final, possible interaction with Travis Barker that left fans wondering if the drummer could somehow still be alive.

    Nope! This is from “Friendly Face In A Shitty Place,” which skyrocketed to #1 on the charts because of its throwback pop-punk vibe and beautiful description of a final, possible interaction with Travis Barker that left fans wondering if the drummer could somehow still be alive.

    Correct! One of Blink-182’s biggest hits of the last decade, “Friendly Face In A Shitty Place” skyrocketed to #1 on the charts because of its throwback pop-punk vibe and beautiful description of a final, possible interaction with Travis Barker that left fans wondering if the drummer could somehow still be alive.

  • Results for Can You Match The Lyrics To The Blink-182 Song About Gambling Travis Barker Away?

    You’re Terrible At This!

    You’re a first-class, grade-A poser if you call yourself a real Blink-182 fan, because you simply don’t know a song about gambling Travis Barker away when you see one. Try going back and giving the pop-punk legends a thorough listen before taking this quiz again.
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    You Kind Of Know Your Stuff!

    You’re no Warped Tour regular, but you know a thing or two about Blink-182 songs detailing how they once gambled Travis Barker away. You've still got some work to do before hopping in the pit, though, so you might want to go back and give these classics a listen.
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    You’re A True Blink-Head!

    You know every Blink-182 song by heart, especially the ones about Travis Barker being taken away to a foreign land by Taiwanese businessmen. You don’t just have Blink stickers on your old binders or a few band T-shirts from Hot Topic: You’re practically a fourth member of the legendary band. Congrats!

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