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 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."
-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)