Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge wrote "All The Small Things" for his girlfriend after she complained that he always writes songs about other girls. He was afraid it wouldn't be good so he kept telling her it was terrible. It ended up being a hit and she was very pleased with it.
According to DeLonge, the lyrics are true. His girlfriend really did leave him roses by the stairs after a long night in the studio.
The music video, directed by Marcos Siega, finds blink-182 mocking boy bands and other TRL mainstays by parodying concepts from contemporary pop videos, such as identical outfits, choreographed dance routines, and romantic beach scenes. For example, they don matching white suits and disembark from a private jet at Van Nuys airport a la the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," and wear camo pants and tight black vests (with nothing underneath) as a jab at 98 Degrees. In a riff on Britney Spears' "Sometimes" video (as well as Christina Aguilera's sandy "Genie In A Bottle" clip), a beach stroll goes wrong for Mark Hoppus when a little dog attacks him while Tom DeLonge, dressed as Spears, stands on a rock and clutches a beach ball. Travis Barker gets in on the action by rolling around the surf and sand with a sexy model. The guys also run naked together across the sands of Santa Monica State Beach as a callback to their famous nude spree across Los Angeles for the "What's My Age Again?" promo. According to Siega, the concept was meant as good-natured ribbing rather than a "f--ck you" to boy bands. "In some ways, they're poking fun at themselves," he explained to The Ringer. "Because they were a part of that. They were on TRL as well and running around naked. I think they just knew how to express themselves in a way that never came across as, 'We're bigger and better than those guys.'"
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