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Did the Guy From Blink-182 Convince Taco Bell to Start Serving French Fries?

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Say it ain’t so, fries and tacos

Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, no doubt thinking about Taco Bell french fries during a performance.
When you’re playing a show and you start thinking about french fries at Taco Bell.
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In the song “Josie,” one of four singles on Blink-182’s 1997 breakout record Dude Ranch, singer and bassist Mark Hoppus divulges that his smart and independent girlfriend brings him “Mexican food from Sombrero just because.” Hoppus is married now, and soon it might be possible for his wife, Skye, to bring him french fries from Taco Bell just because.

Whether Taco Bell is actually better than Del Taco is debatable, but Hoppus’s french fries point is well taken. Taco Bell, being a brand that knows it must think outside the box to keep youthful diners interested — because thinking outside the bun wasn’t working — has recognized this tweet as a golden opportunity.

Oh ho, how coy, T-Bell. It is worth noting that a quarter-century after he co-founded Blink, Hoppus is still writing songs for angsty teenagers, which may be Taco Bell’s most coveted demographic.

Despite what the fast-food Tex-Mex giant might have its legions of fans believe, it’s likely Hoppus is not the inspiration for any potential menu additions. Back in December 2016, Taco Bell tested fries dusted with habanero seasoning at a location in Southern California (which happens to be Hoppus’s old stomping ground). The limited-time item was available to be dressed with the chain’s nachos supreme fixin’s. But, there hasn’t been any public buzz about it since the test quietly ended. As the chain tweets, that just might change soon.

If Taco Bell does indeed begin serving french fries nationwide, perhaps Hoppus could get on board as a spokesperson. It would be a more sensible side gig than trying to crowd-fund a spaceship, which is what former Blink-182 singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge is up to these days.

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