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Blink-182

The pop punk trio blink-182 was formed in the suburbs of San Diego, California around guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge, bassist/vocalistMark Hoppus, and drummer Scott Raynor. Originally known as simply Blink, the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP, Fly Swatter.After releasing the album Buddha in 1994, the trio signed to Grilled Cheese/Cargo and released Cheshire Cat the following year. The threatof a lawsuit from a similarly named Irish band forced them to change their name to blink-182, but the group earned a higher profile touringthe world with Pennywise and NOFX on the 1996-1997 War ...read more

The pop punk trio blink-182 was formed in the suburbs of San Diego, California around guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge, bassist/vocalistMark Hoppus, and drummer Scott Raynor. Originally known as simply Blink, the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP, Fly Swatter.After releasing the album Buddha in 1994, the trio signed to Grilled Cheese/Cargo and released Cheshire Cat the following year. The threatof a lawsuit from a similarly named Irish band forced them to change their name to blink-182, but the group earned a higher profile touringthe world with Pennywise and NOFX on the 1996-1997 Warped Tour, plus appearing on innumerable skate/surf/snowboarding videos.

The third blink-182 LP, Dude Ranch, was jointly released in 1997 by Cargo and MCA. Dude Ranch expanded the group's audience and wentplatinum by the end of 1998, due in part to the popularity of their infectious teen anthem, "Dammit (Growing Up)." The group also signedofficially with MCA, which released the band's fourth album, Enema of the State, in the summer of 1999. The album, produced by Jerry Finn(Green Day, Rancid), also welcomed a new member into the trio's ranks; Travis Barker, formerly with the Aquabats, settled in on drums afterRaynor left midway through a 1998 U.S. tour. Enema was greeted with almost immediate success, and helped the band achieve themainstream status of toilet-humored pop-punk kings that Dude Ranch had only hinted at. Driven by the commercially successful singles"What's My Age Again?," "All The Small Things," and "Adam's Song," music videos for the three songs (whose clips included themes ofstreaking and boy band spoofs) were MTV smashes as well.

After selling over four million copies of Enema of the State, the trio played on with the limited-edition release The Mark, Tom, and TravisShow (The Enema Strikes Back) in fall 2000. The album featured the band's radio hits in a live setting, intertwined with their quirky sense ofhumor as well as the new song "Man Overboard." Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, issued in spring 2001, saw the band return to their SoCalpunk rock roots. Maturity, of a sort, came with 2003's self-titled album, released on Geffen. Not only did the album sport a song ("All ofThis") that featured Robert Smith of the Cure, but "I Miss You" also topped the modern rock charts in 2005.

In February 2005, however, popular as ever and seemingly indestructible, blink-182 unexpectedly announced they would be going on an"indefinite hiatus," supposedly to spend more time with their growing families. Asking fans for help in selecting tracks, the group issuedGreatest Hits that November. Bandmembers also continued on with other projects: Barker -- who had previously released an album withDelonge as Boxcar Racer -- continued playing with the Transplants and running his clothing company, Famous Stars and Straps. His familywas also spotlighted in the MTV reality show Meet the Barkers. Hoppus carried on with his Atticus fashion venture, began producing --starting with Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This to Memory -- and hosting his own podcasts. He further began work with Barker in a newband, Plus 44. Delonge also continued work with his lifestyle clothing company, Macbeth, and formally announced his new project, Angelsand Airwaves, that fall.---- FROM MTV.COM « hide

Similar Bands: Angels And Airwaves, Sum 41, Green Day, Bloodhound Gang, Bowling for Soup

LPs
Neighborhoods
2011

3.2
1,033 Votes
Blink-182
2003

3.8
2,547 Votes
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
2001

3.7
2,348 Votes
Enema of the State
1999

3.8
2,535 Votes
Dude Ranch
1997

3.7
1,606 Votes
Cheshire Cat
1995

3.3
938 Votes
EPs
Dogs Eating Dogs
12/18/2012

3.4
295 Votes
They Came to Conquer... Uranus
1995

3.7
40 Votes
Buddha
1994

3.1
458 Votes
Flyswatter
1993

3.2
174 Votes
Live Albums
The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show
2000

3.9
619 Votes
Compilations
Greatest Hits
2005

3.9
677 Votes

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