American rock band Blink-182 is credited to have made key contributions in the development of pop punk genre. According to The New York Times it is the most influential band of the 1990s. Even after its “disbandment” in 2005 and what appeared at the time to be an indefinite hiatus, its sound and style were evident in the music of acts such as Fall Out Boy, The Maine and All Time Low.
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In 1992, when Mark Hoppus moved to San Diego he was introduced to Tom DeLonge. At the time Hoppus was thinking about forming a band so the two musicians got together and set out their search for a drummer until they discovered Scott Raynor. The trio considered a number of names for the band and eventually settled for ‘Blink.’ However since an Irish band had the same name, the trio added 182 to distinguish themselves. With their indie recordings and performances at various local clubs and festivals, the band garnered a young and devoted fan base. Their following grew by leaps and bounds during the mid 1990s when they had the opportunity to tour with punk veterans such as Pennywise and NOFX.
Although the first two studio albums by Blink-182 met a favorable response from the audience, it was with their third album Enema of the State that marked their mainstream breakthrough and established the band as the biggest pop punk act of the time. Three singles off the album –Adam’s Song, All the Small Things and What’s My Age Again became staples on MTV and were major radio hits.
Enema of the State sold more than fifteen million copies. The record had a significant impact on contemporary pop punk and inspired a ‘second wave’ of the genre.
Having found mainstream recognition, Blink-182 continued with its string of hits in their fourth studio album titled Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. This was the first punk rock recognized album to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard 200. It spawned Top Ten hits such as Stay Together for the Kids, First Date and The Rock Show. The record mostly met positive response from the critics who viewed the collection as an expansion on teenage themes.
Blink-182’s fifth self-titled album debuted at the third spot on the US Billboard 200. The album marked a shift from the kind of music the band had produced earlier. According to critics, it brought forward a more mature side of the band. The songwriting for this album explored personal and serious themes such as the realities of adulthood. The album also featured collaboration with Robert Smith, the front man of the English rock band The Cure.
In 2005, Blink-182 went on a hiatus and the three members explored various side-projects. The band reunited in late 2008 and finally released their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods in September of 2011. It was the band’s first record in eight years and the final one to feature Tom DeLonge. Neighborhoods debuted at the second spot on the Billboard 200 and sold around 150,000 copies in its first week of release.
Blink-182’s most recent studio album California came out in July of 2016. It is the first record by the band to feature singer and guitarist Matt Skiba who replaced Tom DeLonge. The album debuted at the top spot in the US as well as numerous other countries. It also bagged a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rock Album. A deluxe edition of California, comprising ten new songs was released in May of 2017.
Awards & Honors
Blink-182 has garnered numerous awards and accolades. They’ve sold more than thirteen million albums in the US alone. Besides they have won 18 awards out of the 29 nominations received.
Blink-182 is the proud recipient of two MTV Europe Music Awards, two Kerrang! Awards and three Teen Choice Awards.
The band has been an inspiration to many emerging artists in the genre. Bands such as All Time Low and Panic! at the Disco rose to fame covering Blink-182 songs. Besides, the band has been cited as an influence by acts including Mumford & Sons, Avril Lavigne, Owl City, Best Coast and more. The Chainsmokers even mentioned the band in the lyrics of their song ‘Closer.’
Blink-182 Tour Tickets
Although Blink-182 members have had their share of differences in the past but their music has only evolved and matured along the years. The rockers are known for their energetic live performances and every time they hit the road, Blink-182 tour tickets sell out in a matter of days.
So, watch out for these Californians and their upcoming shows and make your bookings in advance to catch them live in their element.