Mark Hoppus is a bone-afide dog-lover. The Blink-182 front man added his track “Not Every Dog Goes To Heaven” – inspired by the film National Lampoon’s Vacation – to the charity album, Dog Songs. Proceeds from the musical project – conceived by Allie Goertz and Casey Boyd – will go towards raising money for the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“I became friends with Allie Goertz on twitter a while ago and she reached out about writing a song dedicated to a dog from a movie or TV show, to benefit the ASPCA via a compilation album,” said Hoppus in a statement. “As a dog lover, I was honored to be asked. I wanted to write an anti-tribute to Dinky, the total bummer of a dog from Vacation, one of my favorite films of all time.”
He continued, “Last week I went into the studio with John Feldmann and we bashed out the guitars, bass, and vocals in a morning. Travis [Barker] came in that afternoon and absolutely destroyed the drums. It was all finished in a matter of 3-4 hours. In a matter of days it went from an idea in the back of my head to a song on an album out in the world. It’s a fun, energetic track that I’m proud to have included on the album, and it’s for a great cause.”
All of the members of Blink-182 are longtime animal lovers. Hoppus is a vegetarian and Matt Skiba and Travis Barker are both vegans. “Honestly, ever since I found this way of eating I have endless amounts of energy,” said Barker in an interview with Men’s Journal. “I can go all day, and after it all I never find myself getting tired. No matter what kind of shows I have done, or workouts I do on top of it, I still have to force myself to sleep at night.”