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Left to right: Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker visit US soldiers stationed in Manama, Bahrain in August 2003
Left to right: Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker visit US soldiers stationed in Manama, Bahrain in August 2003
Background information
OriginPoway, California, United States
GenresPop punk,[1][2][3] punk rock[4][5]
Years active1992 – 2005; 2009-present
LabelsFilter, Kung Fu, Cargo Music, Grilled Cheese, MCA, Geffen
MembersMark Hoppus
Matt Skiba
Travis Barker
Past member(s)Scott Raynor
Tom Delonge
Blink-182 performing in 2016. From left to right: Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, Matt Skiba

Blink-182 is a popular California pop punk band formed in 1992. Currently, the band members are Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals), Travis Barker (drums), and Matt Skiba (guitar, vocals). The band was originally created by Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Scott Raynor. They quickly became popular for their exciting concerts and immature humour.

The band played lots of concerts after releasing their first album Cheshire Cat in 1995. The band signed with MCA Records to distribute its second album, Dude Ranch, in 1997. In 1998, the band got rid of Scott Raynor and replaced him with drummer Travis Barker. The band's next two albums, Enema of the State (1999) and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001), were very popular and successful both on the radio and on MTV. For their fifth album, Blink-182 (2003), the band changed their musical style. After DeLonge quit the band in 2005, Hoppus and Barker suspended the band. The members of the band came together again in 2009 to create their sixth album, Neighborhoods, which was released in 2011. In 2015, DeLonge quit the band again and was replaced by Matt Skiba of the band, Alkaline Trio. The band's seventh album, California, was released on July 1, 2016.

Blink-182 is considered to be very important to the development of pop punk. The band's combination of pop music melodies with fast-paced punk rock made them popular on the radio. The band has sold over thirteen million albums in the United States,[6] and over 50 million albums around the world.[7] In 2011, The New York Times wrote that, "no punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than Blink-182."[8]

History[change | change source]

Tom DeLonge, who played guitar, had been friends with Ann Hoppus while living in San Diego. He had often complained about wanting to start a band. Ann then introduced Tom to her younger brother, Mark Hoppus, who played bass. They later found drummer Scott Raynor to complete the band. The original name the band chose was blink. After an Irish techno band that had the same name threatened to sue them, they added on the "182". Fans still refer the band as simply "Blink".

In 1998, midway through a North American tour, Raynor left the band to continue his education. It was also rumoured that Raynor was forced to leave the band due to his drinking problem. Travis Barker, who had been drumming for The Aquabats at the time, played drums for Blink for the rest of the tour. Tom and Mark were so impressed that they had Barker become the band's full-time drummer.

In February 2005, the band announced that they were going to take a break for a while. DeLonge went on to create the band Angels & Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker created the band +44.

During the 2009 Grammy Awards, the members of Blink-182 said that the band would be getting back together.

In 2016, Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio joined the band to take DeLonge's place. They released a new album, California, in 2016.

Music[change | change source]


  • Flyswatter (1993)
  • Buddha (1993, later released on CD in 1998)

Albums Released:

  • Cheshire Cat (1995)
  • Dude Ranch (1997)
  • Enema of the State (1999)
  • The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show: The Enema Strikes Back (Live) (2000)
  • Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (2001)
  • Blink-182 (2003)
  • Neighborhoods (2011)
  • California (2016)
  • Nine (2019)
  • EDGING (Singel) (2022)

They also made a Greatest Hits album in 2005. That album contained two songs that had not been released in the United States before, "Not Now" and "Another Girl Another Planet". "Another Girl Another Planet" was a cover song; it was first sung by The Only Ones.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Drummerworld:Travis Barker". Drummerworld. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  2. "Blink-182". Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  3. "Blink-182 Announce 'Indefinite Hiatus' As Breakup Rumors Swirl". MTV. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  4. "Blink-182: Punk-rock Peter Pans". CNN. Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  5. "BLINK 182: PUNK ROCK POSTER BOYS". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on 2000-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  6. "Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182, Staind: Alt-Rock Vets Return To the Charts". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  7. "US: blink-182 Top the US Charts". BMG. 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  8. Caramanica, Jon. "Blink-182 Returns With New Album, 'Neighborhoods'". Retrieved 2018-07-18.

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