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Blink-182

Blink-182

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Biography

Blink-182 is a pop-punk band from California that has been active since August 1992. Since then, they’ve put out a steady stream of hits, made waves with their tongue-in-cheek music videos, and redefined the punk sound. Originally called Blink, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Tom Delonge, drummer Scott Raynor, and bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus. 

However, the group’s current lineup includes drummer Travis Barker instead of Raynor and Matt Skiba instead of Delonge. Skiba, previously a member of Alkaline Trio, joined the group in 2015 after the departure of Delonge that same year.

Since their formation, Blink has shaped the pop-punk scene with hit album after hit album. They managed to retain their distinct sound after their 2015 lineup change, and they’ve since released two more albums – their seventh album, California, in 2016 and Nine in 2019. 

Here’s a brief overview of the story of one of the most beloved American punk bands ever.

instruments played
drums
guitars
percussion
Vocals
Also Known As

Blink (1992 1995)

Associated Acts

Box Car Racer +44

Genres

Pop punk alternative rock punk rock skate punk

Labels

Cargo Grilled Cheese Kung Fu MCA Geffen Interscope DGC BMG Columbia

Origin

Poway, California, U.S.

Website
Years Active

1992 2005 2009 present

Name

Blink-182

How Did Blink-182 Form?

The founding members of Blink – guitar player and vocalist Tom Delonge, Scott Raynor on drums, and bassist and singer Mark Hoppus – all met each other in high school while growing up in Poway, a suburb of San Diego in Southern California. The story goes that they formed the band in Raynor’s bedroom, writing music and playing practical jokes along the way.  The group released their first album, Cheshire Cat, on February 17, 1995. Released via Cargo Music and produced by Otis Barthoulameu, the record includes the singles "M+M" and "Wasting Time," as well as fan-favorite song “Carousel.”  

Dude Ranch and Mainstream Success

The group's second album, Dude Ranch, was their last record to feature Scott Raynor, who left the group in 1998. Released on June 17, 1997, the album was produced by Mark Trombino and features the singles "Dammit," "Apple Shampoo," "Dick Lips," and "Josie."  While the recording process was full of difficulties, the payoff was massive. The band ended up making it onto the lineup for the Vans Warped Tour, and the video for "Josie" got them significant airplay on MTV.

Enema of the State 

Enema of the State, the band's third album, is their first to feature drummer Travis Barker, who is still a member of the group today. He was formerly the drummer for The Aquabats. Produced by Jerry Finn, the album includes some of the band's most beloved tracks, including the singles "What's My Age Again?," "All the Small Things," and "Adam's Song." “Dysentery Gary” is also a notable track, and the song “Family Reunion” was released as a promotional single for this album.  The album has currently sold over 15 million copies worldwide, and it has a 5X-Platinum certification from the RIAA in the United States.

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket 

After the release of their first live album in 2001, the band released their fourth studio album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, on June 12 of the same year. Working once again with producer Jerry Finn, the band crafted one of their most commercially successful records yet.  The tracklist for the album includes "The Rock Show," "Roller Coaster," “Story of a Lonely Guy,” “Everytime I Look for You,” and "Stay Together For the Kids." After the album's release, the band went on tour with Green Day, a group that was quickly becoming their closest peers in the pop-punk genre. The album was later certified 2X-Platinum in the US.

Blink-182 

The band's fifth studio album, their self-titled record, was another collaboration with producer Jerry Finn, and it was their first release via Geffen Records. The album features the hits "Down," "I Miss You," "Always," and "Feeling This," and it was released on November 18, 2003.  The band followed up the release of their self-titled record with a greatest hits compilation, which came out on Halloween 2005. From there, the band announced that they were going on indefinite hiatus. They didn't return with another record until the 2010s. After the release of Greatest Hits, Tom Delonge took time to focus on his new side project, Angels and Airwaves. This period was when Travis Barker's plane crash occurred, nearly taking the drummer's life.

Neighborhoods and Lineup Change 

After several years of silence, Neighborhoods marked the band's reunion for the first time in the 2010s. Their sixth studio album was produced by the band, along with Chris Holmes. It was released via DGC Records and Interscope and yielded the singles "Up All Night" and "After Midnight." The album was the last to feature Tom Delonge, who was replaced by singer and guitarist Matt Skiba in 2015. Tom Delonge's final effort with the band, the EP Dogs Eating Dogs, was released on December 18, 2012, and produced by the band and Chris Holmes. The self-released EP made it to the top 30 on the Billboard 200 and features the songs "When I Was Young," "Boxing Day," and more.

The Matt Skiba Era 

Since Tom Delonge's Departure, the group has released two more albums. The first, California, was released on July 1, 2016, and features the singles "Bored to Death," "She's Out of Her Mind," and "Home Is Such a Lonely Place." The second, Nine, came out on September 20, 2019, and includes the singles "I Really Wish I Hated You," "Darkside," "Happy Days," "Generational Divide," and "Blame It on My Youth." That same year, Hoppus released a new project called Simple Creatures, which he completed with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low.  In 2021, Blink's bassist Mark Hoppus announced that he was facing a difficult obstacle – he had received a cancer diagnosis and had been secretly receiving several months of treatment with chemotherapy. However, Hoppus made the announcement on September 21 that he'd been declared cancer-free by doctors. 

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