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Blink-182

California trio blink-182 were the most popular band to emerge from the post-Green Day mainstream explosion of pop-punk.At atime whencompetitionwith teen pop and nu-metal were not unheard of, blink-182 released a steady stream of hits,bolstered byhumorous, tongue-in-cheek music videos thatwere popular in the waning days of MTV's musical programming.The band formedin the suburbs of San Diego,California around guitarist/vocalist TomDeLonge, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus,and drummer ScottRaynor. Originally known as simply Blink,the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP,Fly Swatter.After ...read more

California trio blink-182 were the most popular band to emerge from the post-Green Day mainstream explosion of pop-punk.At atime whencompetitionwith teen pop and nu-metal were not unheard of, blink-182 released a steady stream of hits,bolstered byhumorous, tongue-in-cheek music videos thatwere popular in the waning days of MTV's musical programming.The band formedin the suburbs of San Diego,California around guitarist/vocalist TomDeLonge, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus,and drummer ScottRaynor. Originally known as simply Blink,the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP,Fly Swatter.After releasing the albumBuddha in 1994, the trio signed to GrilledCheese/Cargo and released Cheshire Cat the following year.The threat ofa lawsuit froma similarly named Irish band forced them to changetheir name to blink-182, but that did not slowthem down: the group earned ahigherprofile by touring the world with Pennywise and NOFX onthe 1996-1997 Warped Tour,in addition to appearing oninnumerable skate/surf/snowboardingvideos.

The third blink-182 LP, Dude Ranch, was jointly released in 1997 by Cargo and MCA. Dude Ranch expanded the group'saudienceand wentplatinum bythe end of 1998, due in part to the popularity of the infectious teen anthem "Dammit (GrowingUp)." Thegroup also officiallysigned with MCA, whichreleased the band's fourth album, Enema of the State, in the summer of1999. Thealbum, produced by Jerry Finn(Green Day, Rancid), also welcomed anew member into the trio's ranks; TravisBarker, formerlywith the Aquabats, settled in on drums afterRaynor left midway through a 1998 U.S. tour.Enema was greetedwith almostimmediate success, and helped the band achieve themainstream status of toilet-humored pop-punk kings thatDudeRanch hadonly hinted at. Driven by the commercially successful singles"What's My Age Again?," "All the Small Things,"and "Adam's Song,"musicvideos for the three songs (whose clips included themes ofstreaking and boy band spoofs) were MTVsmashes as well.

The Enema Strikes Back After selling over four million copies of Enema of the State, the trio played on with the limited. editionrelease TheMark, Tom,and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) in fall 2000. The album featured their radio hits in alivesetting, intertwined with theirquirky sense of humoras well as the new song "Man Overboard." Take Off Your Pants andJacket,issued in spring 2001, saw the band returnto its SoCal punk roots andbecame their first number one album in the U.S.Maturity,of a sort, came with 2003's self-titled album, releasedon Geffen. Not only did the album sporta song ("All of This")that featuredRobert Smith of the Cure, but "I Miss You" also topped the modernrock chart in 2005. In February 2005,however,popular as everand seemingly indestructible, blink-182 unexpectedly announced they would begoing on an"indefinite hiatus," supposedly tospendmore time with their growing families. Asking fans for help in selecting tracks, thegroupissued Greatest Hits thatNovember.

The band members also continued on with other projects. Barker -- who had previously released an album with DeLongeasBoxcar Racer --continuedplaying with the Transplants and running his clothing company, Famous Stars and Straps. Hisfamily wasalso spotlighted in the MTVreality show Meetthe Barkers. Hoppus carried on with his Atticus fashion venture andbegan producing-- starting with Motion CitySoundtrack's Commit This to Memory --and hosting his own podcasts. He furtherbegan work withBarker in a new band, Plus 44. DeLongealso continued work with his lifestyle clothingcompany, Macbeth, andformally announcedhis new project, Angels and Airwaves, that fall.

While still on hiatus in 2008, the group endured a handful of personal setbacks including the death of longtime producer JerryFinn,whosuffered a brainhemorrhage and subsequent heart attack, eventually going off life support and passing away thatAugust.Then in September,both Barker and frequentcollaborator DJ AM were seriously injured in a plane crash in which bothpilots andtwo of Barker's associates died.It ultimately took 11 months forBarker to fully recover from his injuries and led tothe drummersuffering from post-traumatic stressdisorder. The crash prompted Hoppus and DeLongeto reconnect with thedrummer in supportof his recovery, and in 2009 blink-182 announcedthat they were reuniting, hitting the road with Weezerfortheir reunion tour. Theywent into the studio later that year and began laying downthe groundwork for a new album, whichwould be plagued bydelaysuntil 2011, when they were eventually able to release their sixth studioalbum, Neighborhoods.

Despite growing evidence of friction within the band, blink-182 toured throughout much of the rest of 2011, joining MyChemicalRomance,Rancid, andAgainst Me! on the tenth annual Honda Civic Tour. A 20th anniversary tour found the groupmembersappearing together again in2012. Later that year,blink-182 parted with Interscope, a transition they marked withthe release oftheir self-produced Dog Eating Dogs EP.

Following a string of sold-out dates in Los Angeles in 2013, as well as headlining appearances at the Reading and LeedsFestivalsin August2014, blink-182 began discussions concerning a follow-up to Neighborhoods. However, in January 2015,Hoppus andBarker were quoted inRolling Stone saying thatDeLonge had left the band and announcing the possibility thatAlkaline Trio's MattSkiba would fill in for the guitaristat future shows. DeLonge thenquickly responded via Facebook that hehad not quit blink-182,and that any decision for the band to moveforward was made without him. In the end,Skiba officiallyjoined blink-182 and theband entered the studio at the end of the year to beginrecording new songs. The first taste from thenew triowas "Bored toDeath," which was released in April 2016. Their seventh LP, California,was released that summer anddebuted at number one,just beforethey embarked on a tour featuring All Time Low, A Day to Remember, andAll. AmericanRejects. Also in 2016, blink-182released the career-spanningvinyl anthology Box Set, which featured all six of the band'sstudioalbums prior to California.

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LPs
California
2016

2.6
651 Votes
Neighborhoods
2011

3.1
1,403 Votes
blink-182
2003

3.8
3,096 Votes
Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
2001

3.7
2,797 Votes
Enema of the State
1999

3.8
3,061 Votes
Dude Ranch
1997

3.7
1,926 Votes
Cheshire Cat
1995

3.3
1,167 Votes
EPs
Dogs Eating Dogs
12/18/2012

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

3.6
65 Votes
Buddha
1994

3.1
529 Votes
Flyswatter
1993

3.1
196 Votes
Live Albums
The Mark, Tom and Travis Show
2000

3.9
666 Votes
Compilations
California (Deluxe Edition)
2017

2.6
106 Votes
Greatest Hits
2005

3.9
743 Votes

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