Blink 182

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USA act that are thought of as Punk by some, and definitely not by others, they have been referred to as a mixture of styles, including - "Pop", "Punk", Alternative Rock", "Rock", "Pop Punk", and "Skate Punk".

They were thought of as a key group in the development of Pop Punk, they successfully combined Pop melodies with a high tempo Punk, which made them more radio-friendly and more accessible than some of their predecessors.


They are from Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California, and were formed in 1992.

Initially, they emerged out of the Southern California Punk scene of the early 1990s and first gained notoriety for high-energy live shows and irreverent lyrical toilet humor, this was the days with their original drummer.

Originally they were known as Blink until the Irish band Blink threatened legal action, so they added the "-182".

The 1995 recording "Cheshire Cat" led the band to tour with Pennywise and NOFX on the Warped Tour.

Dude Ranch in 1997, was co-distributed by major label MCA Records and featured their first rock radio hit, "Dammit".

Raynor was fired midway through a 1998 tour and replaced by Barker.

Enema of the State in 1999 was an enormous success on the strength of hit singles "What's My Age Again?", "Adam's Song" and "All the Small Things", which enjoyed massive airplay and became radio/MTV/club standards.

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket came out in 2001 and hit the number 1 spot in the United States, Canada, and Germany.

The self-titled Blink-182 followed in 2003 and marked a change in style for the Blink 182, taking more experimental elements into what they were doing, giving them a more mature sound.

During their height of fame, DeLonge quit the group, this was in 2005, putting Blink 182 into what was titled an "indefinite hiatus". They did reunite in 2009 and their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods, was released in 2011.

The band has sold over 35 million albums worldwide.
In 2011, The New York Times claimed, "no punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than Blink-182," and even as the band receded after their 2005 split, "its sound and style could be heard in the muscular Pop Punk of Fall Out Boy or in the current wave of high-gloss Warped Tour Punk bands, like All Time Low and The Maine."

Studio Albums List

1) Cheshire Cat (1995)

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2) Dude Ranch (1997)

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3) Enema of the State (1999)

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4) Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)

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5) Blink-182 (2003)

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6) Neighborhoods (2011)

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7) California (2016)

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Members Name Check

  • Mark Hoppus – bass guitar, vocals (1992–2005; 2009–present)
  • Travis Barker – drums, percussion (1998–2005; 2009–present)
  • Matt Skiba – guitar, vocals (2015–present)
  • Scott Raynor – drums, percussion (1992–1998)
  • Tom DeLonge – guitar, vocals (1992–2005; 2009–2015)

Touring Members

  • Byron McMackin – drums, percussion (1999)
  • Josh Freese – drums, percussion (1999)
  • Damon DeLaPaz – drums, percussion (1999; 2000)
  • Brooks Wackerman – drums, percussion (1999; 2013)

External Links

Tom Delonge quits Blink 182 in 2015