Blink-182Blink-182: The American Punk Band
“To put simply, we’re back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio, writing and recording a new album.”
Blink-182 started out as Tom DeLonge was expelled from Poway High School and began to attend Rancho Bernardo High School; he became friends with Anne Hoppus. He expressed to her how much he wanted to be in a band, so she introduced him to her brother Mark, who also wished to play in a band. The two of them would play for hours sharing the songs they had written and wrote new songs together including “Carousel”. In 1992, they decided that it was time to officially put up a band, so DeLonge enlisted a friend Scott Raynor whom he met at a Battle of the Bands competition. They called themselves Duck Tape and they began playing together. Later on, DeLonge thought of the name ‘Blink’.
The band recorded their first demo tape Flyswatter, in May 1993, in Raynor’s bedroom. In the same year, they recorded another demo, which was simply titled as Demo #2. It had a few re-recorded songs from Flyswatter, as well as new songs that went on to be re-recorded and re-released on the albums Buddha, Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch.
In 1992, they signed with Cargo Music and finished recording their first debut album Cheshire Cat, in only three days. The album featured various updated versions of songs like “Carousel”, “Strings”, “Sometimes” and “T.V.”, which had been on the Buddha demo, along with a few original songs. The singles “M+M” and “Wasting Time” failed to chart. Soon after, Cheshire Cat was released and an Irish pop band with the same name threatened legal action, so they modified their name to Blink-182. After the release of this album, they released Buddha Promo, intended to promote the release of Buddha. It was released in 1993 and sold about 1,000 copies.
Blink-182-Getting on their Feet
After they made the move to Encinitas, California; they recorded in 1996, Dude Ranch with Cargo Records. The album was released in 1997 and was marginally successful, selling 1.5 million copies worldwide. “Dammit”, their single, did well on modern rock charts and the band experienced a small level of mainstream accomplishment. A few years later, they decided to sign with MCA records, specifically in 1998.
During a U.S. tour in 1998, Scott Raynor was asked to leave the band. The reason for his removal was that he had a drinking problem and was asked to go to rehab or be released. He claimed that he agreed to enter rehab; however DeLonge and Hoppus were skeptical and fired him over the phone. Drummer Travis Barker filled in for the rest of the tour.
In 1999, the album Enema of the State, propelled them into mainstream and had the hit singles “What’s My Age Again”, “All the Small Things” and “Adam’s Song”. These tracks had large amounts of airtime on the radio and on MTV which sold 15 million copies, making it their best selling album.
Blink-182 continued with their success in 2001 with Take Off Your Pants. It sold more than 350,000 copies in the first week of its release. They began the recording of their next album in early 2003, which featured the hit singles “Feeling This”, “I Miss You”, “Down” and “Always”.
After being on hiatus for a while, the band played their first show on their tour, on July 23, 2009. In 2010 they plan to do a European tour, in which after, they plan to go back in the studio, to start working on a brand new album. DeLonge has already posted some of the possible demos to Angels and Airwaves.
Did you know that...
- ...in 2000, “Adam’s Song” created a stir when a 17 year-old set it to replay as he hung himself in the garage?
- ...DeLonge left the group in 2005 and formed the band Angels & Airwaves?
- ...Hoppus and Barker played together in +44?