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Blink 182

Mostly Credited As: Blink 182
Sometimes Credited As: blink-182

Date Of Birth: 1992
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Poway, California
Date Of Death: 2005

Blink 182


Formation
Blink-182 formed in San Diego, CA, when Tom met Scott Raynor. He met Mark Hoppus through his sister. In short time they found out that they had a lot in common, like their perverted humor sense and they loved the music.

Scott Raynor leaves the band
Original drummer Scott Raynor left the band in 1998 and was replaced by Travis Barker. They say that Scott "disappeared" a few hours before a show. Travis Barker, a drummer of other band who had an great aptitudes with the drums learned more than 30 songs in 3 hours, and he replaced Scott. There are many rumors as to why Scott left the band, the most popular being that he was battling problems with alcoholism that affected the performance.

History (based in albums)
Their demo tape, Flyswatter (1993) called the attention of some smaller record labels like Kung Fu records. Even if it was never released, several people at record labels heard the tape and thought that the band had potential to be a very big one.

In 1994, they signed a contract with Kung Fu records and they recorded "Buddha". The tape was released but in a small amount: only 1000 copies. Even if the release was very short, this gave a lot more popularity.

One year after, in 1995, they signed a contract with Cargo Music and recorded "Cheshire Cat". This album had lots of songs from Buddha and Flyswatter, and, of course, new songs. The group was not very popular but it had its fans.

Both Buddha and Carousel got strong critics, saying that was extremely fast and generic. The sings that "saved this albums" were the hits "Carousel" and "M+M's".

In 1997, they recorded Dude Ranch. This album gave the band really a lot of popularity. Their singles "Josie" and "Dammit" called the attention of major labels like MCA. After the release of this CD the band began touring. During a tour, Scott Raynor retired from the band.

In 1999, they signed a contract with MCA and recorded their extremely successfully album "Enema of the State". Millions of copy of this album were sold over the world, and gave the group international fame. But the popularity had its price. Since the band was very popular, it began to lose its "Punk" reputation and earned the reputation of "pop" band, exactly what they didn't wanted.

In 2001, they recorded Take Off your Pants and jacket. Marlins of copies were sold, too, but this album got stronger critics than Enema of the State. The fact is that the guys were just too old, according to some critics. In the same year, they earned a Kids Choice Award, but this, in place of giving the band a better reputation, only made the lose their "punk band" reputation.

In 2003, they signed with Geffen Records and recorded the Self-Titled album, blink-182. This album showed more maturity, and the critics were better. There are rumors that this is the last album the band recorded.

The end of blink-182?
Even if they are officially on "Undefined Hiatus", there are several rumors that the band broke up. There are also several contradictions. Travis Barker said:
"We will record a disc in 2006", but in another interview he said:
"blink-182 is over. It doesn't exist anymore". He also said:
"Being in the transplants is amazing. I'm in a band with 2 guys that love making music, and that's something that I can't say of blink-182 close to the end". Furthermore, Mark Hoppus said:
"The only problem is that Tom doesn't want to play this music, and he wants to go back home with his family."


Discography:
-Flyswatter (Demo tape, 1993)
-Buddha (Tape, 1994)
-Cheshire Cat (1995)
-Dude Ranch (1997)
-Buddha (CD, Re-Release, 1998)
-Cheshire Cat (Re-Release, 1998)
-Enema of the State (1999)
-Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)
-blink-182 (2003)

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Freshly Squeezed (2006) 
  Series 4, Episode 22 04x22: (Jan/31/2012) As Themselves, [Featuring]
  Series 4, Episode 20 04x20: (Jan/27/2012) As Themselves, [Featuring]

Conan (2010) 
  Armageddon Comes to Quiznos 02x16: (Dec/08/2011) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Reading + Leeds Festival (2007) 
  Blink 182 and the Klaxons 04x06: (Aug/29/2010) As Themselves 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Terry Bradshaw, 8-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, Blink 182 17x149: (May/19/2009) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]
  Cameron Diaz, Kirk Fox, Blink 182 17x148: (May/18/2009) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Laguna Beach (2004) 
  The Best Part of Breaking up... 01x06: (Nov/02/2004) As Themselves 

Teen Choice Awards (1999) 
  The 6th Annual Teen Choice Awards 06x01: (Aug/11/2004) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Barting Over 14x11: (Feb/16/2003) Voiced  Themselves, [Special Guest Stars]

Diary (2000) 
  Diary of Green Day & Blink-182 03x12: (May/29/2002) As Themselves 

MADtv (1995) 
  Episode #707 07x07: (Nov/24/2001) As Themselves 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Jamie Foxx/Blink 182 25x09: (Jan/08/2000) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Two Guys and a Girl (1998) 
  Au Revoir Pizza Place 03x02: (Sep/29/1999) As Themselves 
Featured Songs

Daria Songs:
Of Human Bonding + Adam's Song 
Just Add Water + What's My Age Again? 
Arts 'n' Crass + Dammit 
The Simpsons Songs:
Barting Over + All the Small things 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Songs:
Something Blue + All the Small Things 
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) Songs:
Double Time + All the Small Things 
Doctor Who Confidential Songs:
The Valiant Quest + All The Small Things 
Tru Calling Songs:
Reunion + All The Small Things 
Laguna Beach Songs:
The Best Part of Breaking up... + Feeling This
+ First Date
+ I Miss You
+ What's My Age Again 
What Happens in Cabo + All the Small Things- 
Dawson's Creek Songs:
Boyfriend + Dammit 
Las Vegas Songs:
The Big Bang + Feeling This 
Still Standing Songs:
Still Rocking + First Date 
Cavemen Songs:
The Cavewoman + Man Overboard 
Legit Songs:
Reunion + Miss You 
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Trivia

Travis Barker was born on November 14, 1975, in California.

Tom Delonge was born on December 13th, 1975, in San Diego.

Both Mark and Tom's parents are divorced. Travis' mom Gloria died of cancer.

During the movie "Bubbleboy" the song "Dammit" (Dude Ranch, 1997) can be heard several times.

Travis and Tom are members of the band "Boxcar racer".

Travis is a member of "The Transplants"

Mark and Travis are part of the band "Plus 44"

Blink-182 was originally called just blink, but an Irish band had that name before and they changed it when they recorded their first disk.

Tom's hobby is the "Ufology", science that studies UFOs. He even wrote a song called "Aliens Exist" (Enema of the State, 1999)

In 1999-2000, their great hit "All the Small thing" appeared in the "top 10 songs" of several important music magazines.

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