It seems that blink-182 legend Mark Hoppus has finally found an outlet for his questionably-funny humour that isn’t pop punk or Twitter. Continuing in the spirit of his projects, Hoppus will play host to After School Radio on Apple Music, joining a long list of musical legends that Apple have tapped in to muse on culture, community and tunes, including Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain.
“As a founding member of blink-182, +44, and Simple Creatures, Mark Hoppus has survived three decades of alternative music—from the punk clubs of Southern California to unlikely pop stardom in the TRL era to navigating the new millennium’s post-genre revolution,” the program description boasts. “Each week on After School Radio, Hoppus focuses on the songs, artists, and culture that’ve defined the movement, with the sense of humor and perspective that have become his trademark.”
In the first episode of the show, titled ‘Mark Makes a Radio Show’, Hoppus speaks to All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth. Gaskarth is also a bandmate of Hoppus in duo Simple Creatures, comprised exclusively of the two as an experimental outlet for their pop rock sensibilities.
Tunes wise, Episode One sets the scene for things to come with Descendents, Nirvana and The Replacements copping spins, and Hoppus promising “all the best music from the past 30 years” whether it be alternative rock, emo, punk rock or, basically “If it made you want to yell at your mum: ‘This is not a fucking phase mum!’, it’s on my show.”
The Vice President of Apple Music, Beats and International Content, Oliver Schusser, has commented that the new Apple Music stations will provide the opportunity for “an unparalleled global platform for artists across all genres to talk about, create, and share music with their fans, and this is just the beginning.”
Hoppus has also been busy with his band lately, with Blink releasing single ‘Quarantine’, an angsty coronavirus-themed anthem, earlier this month. Word on the street is that the single is the first warning shot off a brand new record from the group in the form of a forthcoming EP. With a flurry of activity surrounding him at all times, Hoppus’ productivity is putting us all to shame during lockdown.