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Hoobastank formed in the Los Angeles County suburb Agoura Hills in 1994. According to drummer Chris Hesse, vocalist Doug Robb had known guitarist Dan Estrin for some time before competing against him in a high school battle of the bands competition and subsequently, they decided to form a band. They then recruited Markku Lappalainen and Hesse to form Hoobastank.

Hoobastank started playing gigs at the local venue Cobalt Cafe along with Incubus and others. They recorded their first full-length self-released album in 1998 called They Sure Don't Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To. It featured an unusual saxophone section headed by Jeremy Wasser, who executive produced the album and recorded the Summer Romance saxophone solo on Incubus' S.C.I.E.N.C.E. album. The Incubus connections continued with Fourth Street Recording's music producer Jim Wirt and logos and visual design by Brett Spivey.

By this stage, Hoobastank had developed a strong reputation in Southern California. This attracted interest from Island Records, who subsequently signed the band in 2000. At the time of signing, the band had completed a second full-length album, titled Forward, also featuring Jeremy Wasser, however Island execs felt that the direction they were heading in would work best without a sax, so Wasser departed the band and the album was shelved. A few tracks were rerecorded for release on the band's self-titled 2001 release. The original recordings from the Forward sessions made their way to the Internet via peer to peer sites in late 2001.

Hoobastank is an American alternative rock band best known for their 2004 hit "The Reason".
To date, they have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.
On the December 16, 2003 broadcast of Loveline, Hoobastank, guests on that show, claimed Hoobastank was the name of a gas station in Germany near where a friend lives.
Hoobastank released their self-titled debut album in November 2001. The first single was "Crawling in the Dark" which was a breakthrough hit reaching #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Modern Rock chart, #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart[4] and #1 on an download chart in early 2002.
The Reason was released as a single in the first half of 2004. It became a massive hit reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100,[6] #1 on the US and World Modern Rock charts, #10 in Australia and #15 in Germany. The song was also played during the final episode of Friends.

Hoobastank's music has been considered a various of genres which are post-grunge, alternative rock, alternative metal, hard rock, nu metal, funk metal and ska punk. On their early independent releases, the band use a funk metal and ska punk sound and had a saxophone musician in the band. In their major-label debut album self-titled debut album, the band's sound has changed and removed their saxophone musician and remained as a 4-piece rock band using a heavily post-grunge sound and although, despite the album having no rapping, the album had a few influences of the nu metal sound.[18] The band's sound matured in their third album The Reason which removed their nu metal influences sound and their post-grunge sound became more melodic. Throughout their releases after The Reason, the band has retained their post-grunge and alternative rock sound.


Adult Hits

The Reason


Crawling in the Dark
Running Away

Today's Hits


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