About Blink 182
In February of 2009, at the 51st Grammy Awards, Blink-182 appeared together in public for the first time since their break up some four years prior. The band used the opportunity to emphatically announce their reformation, "Blink-182 is back!"
The band soon announced plans for a North American tour and a new studio album, the band’s sixth. Blink-182’s first performances as a reunited band occurred in late May of 2009. The band performed at a cell phone launching in Hollywood and then on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Blink-182 had split in December of 2004 after suffering the usual problems that plague successful rock bands: unrelenting pressure, lack of communication, feelings of betrayal, rigors of touring, and the pull of domestic life.
Before their acrimonious split, Blink-182 had garnered a cult-like following. These legions of faithful fans appreciate the band’s witty blend of punk and pop, humorous (sometimes profane) lyrics, charming stage presence and overall convivial appeal.
Blink-182 consists of lead singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge, bass guitarist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker.
Delonge and Hoppus were introduced to one another by Hoppus’ sister, Anne, and the two quickly began jamming together. One of the first songs the duo worked on was, “Carousel.” The song would later appear on their debut release and their 2005 Greatest Hits album.
The band practiced so frequently during its early days that Hoppus’ girlfriend gave him an ultimatum, it was either her or the band. Hoppus initially chose her but changed his mind after Delonge secured a multi-track recorder sufficient for the band to cut a demo.
Delonge enlisted his friend Scott Raynor to play drums. Raynor would remain with the band until 1998 when he was then replaced by Travis Barker of the band The Aquabats. Depending on whom you ask, Raynor was asked to leave the band due to his alcoholism or he left the band to attend college.
The first handful of Blink-182 releases were low-budget, low-fidelity recordings, mostly distributed on cassette tapes to friends and family. Their first g successful album was Dude Ranch, released in 1996. The album sold 1.5 million copies and contained the single “Damnit.”
The band would skyrocket to fame in 1999 with the release of Enema of the State. Featuring porn star Janine Lindemulder on the cover, Enema contained several Blink-182 classics "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things" and "Adam's Song." Enema sold 15 million copies and is still the band’s bestselling album.
The band’s next offering, 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, was also very successful, debuting at number one and selling over 350,000 copies in its first week. The album contains the hits "The Rock Show", "First Date" and "Stay Together for the Kids."
The band’s self-titled fifth studio album was released in 2005. Not nearly as successful as their previous two works, the eponymous named album did move Blink-182’s music in a different direction. It featured none of the toilet humor the band was famous for and the album’s music relied heavily on experimental elements. The band’s sudden musical evolution was due in large part to all three band members becoming fathers.
The band appeared in the 300th episode of The Simpsons playing "All the Small Things" at a party in Tony Hawk’s loft. In 1999, the band appeared in the movie American Pie. In the film’s credits, Travis Barker is listed as Scott Raynor and when the band’s song “Mutt” is credited, Travis’ last name is misspelled as “Barkor.”
The band originally called themselves “Duck Tape,” but that soon changed to “Blink” Facing a legal action from an Irish pop band of the same name, the band decided to add the “-182” to the end of their name.
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