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.