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Blink 182

  • Blink-182 was an American rock trio formed in 1992 in Poway, California.
  • After being expelled from Poway High School, Tom DeLonge attended Rancho Bernardo High School where he became friends with Anne Hoppus. DeLonge often complained about wanting a band, so in August 1992 Anne introduced him to her brother Mark Hoppus, who also wanted to be in a band. The two played for hours in DeLonge's garage, showing each other songs they had previously written, and writing new songs together. One of these songs would eventually become what is now "Carousel".
  • After moving to Encinitas, California, the band recorded the album Dude Ranch in 1996 with producer Mark Trombino. Blink-182 recorded the album under Cargo Records, but signed with MCA in 1998 in order to handle increased distribution. The album was released in 1997 and was relatively commercially successful, selling 1.5 million copies worldwide.
  • According to their website: "We used to just be called blink, and then about a year and a half ago, we got a call from a lawyer from an irish band called blink, who had prior usage on the name, so we were forced to change our name. we decided just to add the number 182. there is no reason for the number, we just picked one at random."
  • The album propelled the band into the mainstream, generating the hit singles "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things", and "Adam's Song", and an incredible amount of airtime on radio and MTV. Enema of the State went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide making it the band's best selling album.
  • Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was recruited at the last minute from his then-current band, The Aquabats, when Raynor left to attend college. Barker was forced to learn all of the band's songs quickly.
  • They have been honored by several different organizations, including the Teen Choice Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. No Grammies... yet.
  • Originally named Blink, they were forced to change by the threat of a lawsuit from an Irish Pop group with the same name. This was after releasing a couple of records on independent labels, but before they were signed to MCA in the late 1990s.
  • They gained fame when they played on the 1996-1997 Warped Tour with bands that were bigger at the time, Pennywise and NOFX. They also appeared in several skateboarding videos.
  • Some pre-blink bands: Hoppus was in Of All Things, and Pier 69; DeLonge was in Big Oily Men.
  • Names considered for the band that became blink-182: Figure 8, and Duck Tape. Those choices would have prevented a lawsuit.
  • Barker and DeLonge have a side project called Boxcar Racer that tends to play rawer and more serious punk music. Barker can also be heard in the Transplants, a punk supergroup comprised of him and Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman from Rancid.
  • Hoppus married Skye Everly in November 2000.
  • DeLonge began playing the trumpet when he was 11. He wasn't very good so he soon switched to guitar.
  • Hoppus' parents divorced while he was in 3rd grade. He moved to Monteray, California with his dad in fifth grade, where his dad worked on a postgraduate degree. His father now works for the Department of Defense designing missiles.
  • Hoppus and DeLonge met each other through Hoppus' sister, Anne, who was dating one of DeLonge's best friends. When she heard that DeLonge was looking to start a band, she hooked up the two of them.
  • They appeared in the comedy American Pie in 1999.
  • DeLonge is obsessed with aliens and UFOs. He's convinced that there's some kind of government conspiracy to cover up the existence of aliens.
  • Hoppus and DeLonge are known for their onstage banter consisting of penis and fart jokes. Barker is very quiet and subdued in contrast.
  • To impress Tom the first time he saw him, Mark climbed up a street light pole.
  • DeLonge was arrested during the Good Times tour for underage drinking. A cop noticed he was drunk and walking the street at night.
  • In 2004, they had to postpone their tour when Barker broke his foot.
  • Hoppus got his first bass in exchange for painting his dad's house at the age of 15.
  • Blink-182 and Tony Hawk appeared in the 302nd Simpsons episode - "Barting Over" - in February 2003. They recorded their voices for the episodes almost a whole year earlier. Mark gets two lines, whereas Travis and Tom only get one.
  • Early on, Delonge would call up different high schools around his area and say that his band promoted not using drugs and asked if they could play at lunchtime. This is how they got some of their first gigs.
  • Among the theories of how they got their name: "182" is how many times Al Pacino says the F word in the movie Scarface.
  • 182 stands for "RB" (R=letter 18, B=letter 2), which stands for rival high school Rancho Bernardo.
  • The truth is much less interesting - they made up the name.
  • Plus 44 is a side project of Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. They recruited the female vocalist and guitarist from the band Get The Girl, Carol Heller. Their music is mostly electronic based, with lots of synth and some songs recorded with electric drums. Travis Barker stated in one interview, "If Blink was the daytime, Plus 44 is the night time. It's such a departure from Blink, but it's amazing."
  • Plus 44 (or +44) got their name from the Europe area code where they played many of their early gigs.
  • Tom Delonge formed the band Angels & Airwaves, which is more Rock than Pop-Punk.
  • Travis Barker and his wife Shanna starred on an MTV reality show called Meet The Barkers. The show ran for 2 seasons starting in 2005.


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