BLINK-182 (often stylized as BLINK-182; pronounced "blink one eighty
two") is an American rock band formed in
Poway, California in 1992.
Since 2015, the lineup of the band has consisted of bassist and
Mark Hoppus , drummer
Travis Barker , and guitarist and
Matt Skiba . Founded by guitarist and vocalist
Tom DeLonge ,
Hoppus and drummer
Scott Raynor , the band emerged from the Southern
California punk scene of the early 1990s and first gained notoriety
for high-energy live shows and irreverent lyrical toilet humor.
Blink-182 was initially known as BLINK until an Irish band of the same
name threatened legal action; in response, the band appended the
meaningless number "-182".
In its early years,
Blink-182 toured heavily behind the band's debut,
_Cheshire Cat _ (1995). The group signed with major label MCA Records
to co-distribute its second album, _Dude Ranch _ (1997). Raynor was
fired midway through a 1998 tour and replaced by Barker. The group's
next two releases, _
Enema of the State _ (1999) and _Take Off Your
Pants and Jacket _ (2001), were enormous successes on the strength of
MTV airplay. The eponymously titled _
Blink-182 _ followed in
2003 and marked a stylistic shift for the group. DeLonge quit in 2005,
sending the band into what was termed an "indefinite hiatus". They
reunited in 2009, producing the trio's sixth album, _Neighborhoods _
(2011). In 2015, DeLonge again exited and was replaced by Alkaline
Trio guitarist and vocalist
Matt Skiba . The band's seventh studio
album, _California _, was released on July 1, 2016.
Blink-182 is considered a key group in the development of pop punk ;
the band's combination of pop melodies with fast-paced punk rock
featured a more radio-friendly accessibility than prior bands. The
trio has sold over thirteen million albums in the United States, and
over 50 million albums worldwide. In 2011, _The New York Times_
asserted, "no punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than
Blink-182," and even as the band receded after its 2005 split, "its
sound and style could be heard in the muscular pop punk of Fall Out
Boy or in the current wave of high-gloss
Warped Tour punk bands, like
All Time Low and The Maine ."
* 1 History
* 1.1 Formation and early years (1992–94)
* 1.2 Early releases and touring (1994–98)
* 1.3 Mainstream breakthrough and continued success (1999–2004)
* 1.4 Hiatus, side projects, and Barker\'s plane crash (2005–08)
* 1.5 Reformation (2009–14)
* 1.6 Lineup change, _California_, and future (2015–present)
* 2 Musical style, lyrical themes and influences
* 3 Legacy
* 4 Members
* 5 Discography
* 6 Awards and nominations
* 7 References
* 8 External links
FORMATION AND EARLY YEARS (1992–94)
The band formed in a suburb of
San Diego, California , seen here
around the time of the group's formation in 1992.
Blink-182 was formed in
Poway, California , a suburb outside of San
Diego , in August 1992. Guitarist
Tom DeLonge was expelled from Poway
High for attending a basketball game drunk and was forced to attend
another local school for one semester. At Rancho Bernardo High School
, DeLonge performed at a Battle of the Bands competition, where he was
introduced to drummer
Scott Raynor . He also befriended Kerry Key,
who too was interested in punk music. Key's girlfriend, Anne Hoppus,
introduced her brother, bassist
Mark Hoppus —who had recently moved
from Ridgecrest to work at a record store and attend college—to
DeLonge on August 1, 1992. The two clicked instantly and played for
hours in DeLonge's garage, exchanging lyrics and co-writing
songs—one of which became "Carousel ". Hoppus, in trying to impress
Delonge, managed to fall from a lamppost in front of DeLonge's garage
and crack his ankles, an injury that put him in crutches for three
weeks. "We had a lot of fuckin' fun. We were out all night
skateboarding. We were out throwing food and drinks at security guards
who were chasing us through malls, skateboarding at four in the
morning, eating doughnuts at places making hot doughnuts near the
beach, breaking into schools and finding skate spots in dark schools
or slaloming down parking garages naked and shit in downtown San
Tom DeLonge in 2013, reflecting on the band's foundation
The trio began to practice together in Raynor's bedroom, spending
hours together writing music, attending punk shows and movies, and
playing practical jokes. Hoppus and DeLonge would alternate singing
vocal parts. The trio first operated under a variety of names,
including Duck Tape and Figure 8, until DeLonge rechristened the band
"Blink". Hoppus' girlfriend was angered by her boyfriend's constant
attention to the band, and demanded he make a choice between the band
and her, which resulted in Hoppus leaving the band shortly after
formation. Shortly thereafter, DeLonge and Raynor borrowed a
four-track recorder from friend and collaborator Cam Jones and were
preparing to record a demo tape , with Jones on bass. Hoppus promptly
broke up with his girlfriend and returned to the band.
_Flyswatter_—a combination of original songs and punk covers—was
recorded in Raynor's bedroom in May 1993.
Southern California had a
large punk population in the early 1990s, aided by an avid surfing,
skating, and snowboarding scene. In contrast to East Coast punk
music, the West Coast wave of groups, Blink included, typically
introduced more melodic aspects to the group's music. "New York is
gloomy, dark and cold. It makes different music. The Californian
middle-class suburbs have nothing to be that bummed about," said
San Diego at this time was "hardly a hotbed of activity",
but the band's popularity grew as did California punk rock
concurrently in the mainstream. DeLonge called clubs constantly in
San Diego asking for a spot to play, as well as calling up local high
schools, convincing them that Blink was a "motivational band with a
strong antidrug message" in hopes to play at an assembly or lunch.
The band became a mainstay at all-ages venue Soma
San Diego ; this
poster is from 1994.
The band was on stage nearly every weekend, even at Elks Lodges and
YMCA centers. The band soon became part of a circuit that also
included the likes of
Ten Foot Pole and
Unwritten Law , and the band
found its way onto the bill as the opening band for local acts at Soma
, a local all-ages venue located on Market Street which the band
longed to headline. Big-name acts such as
Green Day played
on the main floor, while smaller acts were relegated to the basement,
an area referred to as "the Dungeon". The original location closed
its doors and relocated before the band would be promoted to the main
stage (which required a 100+ crowd to attend). "Soma was like home
away from home. All the punk kids who didn’t give a fuck about
football games and proms or whatever came to hang out at Soma,"
claimed Hoppus. The band's first big show on the main floor took
place on a Thursday, where the band opened for Face to Face . Hoppus'
manager at the record store, Patrick Secor, fronted him the money to
properly record another demo at local studio Doubletime. The result
was _Buddha _ (1994), which the members of the band viewed as the
band's first legitimate release. By this time, the group had
branched out to venues such as the Soul Kitchen in El Cajon , but
Raynor's family relocated to
Reno, Nevada , and he was briefly
replaced by musician Mike Krull. The band saved money and began
flying Raynor out to shows, but eventually Raynor moved in with Hoppus
for a summer in which the band would record its first album and music
video and gain even more exposure.
EARLY RELEASES AND TOURING (1994–98)
Blink-182 at the Showcase Theater in
Corona, California in 1995.
The heart of the local independent music scene was Cargo Records ,
which offered to sign the band on a "trial basis," with help from O,
guitarist for local punk band
Fluf , and Brahm Goodis, friend of the
band whose father was president of the label. Hoppus was the only
member to sign the contract, as DeLonge was at work at the time and
Raynor was still a minor . The band recorded its debut album in three
Westbeach Recorders in
Los Angeles , fueled by both new songs
and re-recordings of songs from previous demos. Although _Cheshire
Cat _, released in February 1995, made very little impact
commercially, it is cited by fans and musicians as an iconic release.
"M+M\'s ", the band's first single, garnered local radio airplay from
91X and Cargo offered the band a small budget to film a music video
for it. Meanwhile, the record also drew the attention of Irish band
Blink . Unwilling to engage in a legal battle, the band agreed to
change its name. Cargo gave the band a week, but the trio put off the
decision for more than two afterward. Eventually, Cargo called
Blink-182, demanding that the band "change the name or change it for
you," after which the band decided on a random number, 182.
The band soon had a manager, Rick DeVoe, who associated with larger
bands such as
NOFX , Pennywise and
The Offspring . In addition, the
band crucially drew the attention of Rick and Jean Bonde of the Tahoe
booking agency, who were responsible for "spreading the name of the
band far and wide and getting the group as many gigs as humanly
possible." Surf film director Taylor Steele , friend of DeVoe, was
preparing a national tour to promote his new surf video _GoodTimes_,
and the band signed on for its first national tour, which extended as
far as the East Coast. The band members purchased their own tour van
and embarked on the _GoodTimes_ tour with Unwritten Law, Sprung Monkey
and 7 Seconds . The _GoodTimes_ tour continued and the band was
whisked away to
Australia , with Pennywise paying for the band's plane
Fletcher Dragge , guitarist of Pennywise, believed in the
band strongly. He demanded
Kevin Lyman , founder of the
Warped Tour ,
sign the band for the 1996 festival, telling him that "they're gonna
Australia was very receptive to the band and its
humorous stage shows and pranks gained them a reputation, but also
made them ostracized and considered a joke. The group playing
Whisky a Go Go in
Los Angeles in 1996.
By March 1996, the trio began to accumulate a genuine buzz among
major labels, resulting in a bidding war between
Interscope , MCA and
Epitaph . MCA promised the group complete artistic freedom and
eventually signed the band, but Raynor held a great affinity for
Epitaph and began to feel half-invested in the band when it passed
over the label. The group, who were wary of purists attempting to
define "punk" and discouraged by Cargo's lack of distribution and
faith in the group, had no qualms about signing to a major label but
were fiercely criticized in the punk community. After nonstop
touring, the trio began recording their sophomore follow-up, _Dude
Ranch _, over the period of a month in late 1996. The record hit
stores the following summer and the band headed out on the 1997 Warped
Dammit ", the album's lead single , received heavy airplay on
modern rock stations. _Dude Ranch_ shipped gold by 1998, but an
exhaustive touring schedule brought tensions among the trio. Raynor
had been drinking heavily to offset personal issues, and he was fired
by DeLonge and Hoppus in mid-1998 despite agreeing to attend rehab and
Travis Barker , drummer for tour-mate
The Aquabats ,
filled in for Raynor, learning the 20-song setlist in 45 minutes
before the first show. By July, he joined the band full-time and the
band entered the studio with producer
Jerry Finn later that year to
begin work on its third album.
MAINSTREAM BREAKTHROUGH AND CONTINUED SUCCESS (1999–2004)
The music video for "What's My Age Again?" depicts the band
running naked through the streets of
Los Angeles .
With the release of the group's third album _
Enema of the State _ in
Blink-182 was catapulted to stardom and became the biggest
pop punk act of the era. Three singles were released from the
record—"What\'s My Age Again? ", "
All the Small Things ", and
"Adam\'s Song "—that became major radio hits and
MTV staples. "All
the Small Things" became a number-one hit on the Modern Rock Tracks
chart, but also became a crossover hit and peaked at number 6 on the
_Billboard_ Hot 100 chart. Its video parodied boy bands and pop music
videos and won Best Group Video at the 2000
MTV Video Music Awards .
Although the band was criticized as synthesized, manufactured pop
only remotely resembling punk and pigeonholed as a joke act due to the
puerile slant of its singles and associating music videos, _Enema of
the State_ was an enormous commercial success. The album has sold over
15 million copies worldwide and had a considerable effect on pop punk
music, inspiring a "second wave" of the genre and numerous acolytes.
After multi-platinum success, arena tours, and cameo appearances
(_American Pie _), the band recorded _
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket _
(2001), which debuted at number one in the United States,
Canada , and
Germany . Hit singles "
The Rock Show ","
Stay Together for the Kids "
and "First Date " continued the band's mainstream success worldwide,
MTV cementing its image as video stars. Finn returned to produce
the record and was a key architect of the "polished" pop punk sound,
and he served as an invaluable member of the band: part adviser, part
impartial observer, he helped smooth out tensions and hone their
sound. Recording sessions were sometimes contentious, as DeLonge
strove for heavier and dirtier guitar-driven rock. With time off from
touring, he felt an "itch to do something where he didn't feel locked
in to what Blink was," and channeled his chronic back pain and
resulting frustration into _
Box Car Racer _ (2002), a post-hardcore
disc that further explores his
Refraining from paying for a studio drummer, he invited Barker to
record drums on the project and Hoppus felt betrayed. The event
caused great division within the trio for some time and was an
unresolved tension at the forefront of the band's later hiatus.
Barker also explored hip-hop influences and teamed up with Rancid 's
Tim Armstrong to form the rap rock band Transplants . Tom
Mark Hoppus (center), and
Travis Barker (back) in
The band regrouped in 2003 to record its fifth studio album, infusing
experimentalist elements into its usual pop punk sound, inspired by
lifestyle changes (the band members all became fathers before the
album was released) and side projects. Blink's eponymous fifth studio
album was released in the fall of 2003 through
Geffen Records , which
absorbed sister label MCA earlier that year. The worldwide touring
schedule, which saw the band travel to
Australia , also
found the three performing for troops stationed in the
Persian Gulf .
Critics generally complimented the new, more "mature" direction taken
for the album and its lead singles "
Feeling This " and "I Miss You "
charted high, with the latter becoming the group's second number one
hit on the _Billboard_
Modern Rock Tracks chart. Fans, however, were
split by the new direction, and tensions within the band—stemming
from the grueling schedule and DeLonge's desire to spend more time
with his family—started to become evident.
HIATUS, SIDE PROJECTS, AND BARKER\'S PLANE CRASH (2005–08)
In February 2005, Geffen issued a press statement announcing the
band's "indefinite hiatus." The band had broken up after members'
arguments regarding their future and recording process. DeLonge felt
increasingly conflicted both about his creative freedom within the
group and the toll touring was taking on his family life. He
eventually expressed his desire to take a half-year respite from
touring in order to spend more time with family. Hoppus and Barker
were dismayed by his decision, which they felt was an overly long
break. The band abruptly canceled a performance at a Music for Relief
benefit show after rehearsals grew more contentious. Further
arguments had ensued during rehearsals, rooted in the band members'
increasing paranoia and bitterness toward one another. DeLonge
considered his bandmates' priorities "mad, mad different," coming to
the conclusion that the trio had simply grown apart as they aged, had
families, and reached fame. The breakdown in communication led to
heated exchanges, resulting in his exit from the group.
In the interim, Hoppus and Barker continued playing music together in
+44 . The group first began to lay down electronic demos in Barker's
basement and Hoppus' dining room shortly after the breakup. +44's
When Your Heart Stops Beating _, was released the following
year but stalled commercially and received mixed reviews. Barker
starred in the
MTV reality series _
Meet the Barkers _ with his
then-wife, former Miss USA
Shanna Moakler . The group's later split,
reconciliation and subsequent breakup made them tabloid favorites.
Meanwhile, DeLonge disappeared from public eye, making no appearances,
granting no interviews and remaining silent until September 2005, when
he announced his new project, Angels within minutes, he was crying in
his seat. "I thought he was going to die," says DeLonge, who quickly
reached out to his former bandmate, mailing him a letter and
photograph. "Instantly after the plane crash, I was like, 'Hey, I want
to play music with him again.'" The trio eventually met up in the
hospital, laying the grounds for what was going to be the band's
reunion. Eventually, an arrangement was made for the trio to meet up
at Hoppus and Barker's
Los Angeles studio in October 2008. The three
opened up, discussing the events of the hiatus and their break-up, and
DeLonge was the first to approach the subject of reuniting. Hoppus
remembered: "I remember said, 'So, what do you guys think? Where are
your heads at?' And I said, 'I think we should continue with what
we've been doing for the past 17 years. I think we should get back on
the road and back in the studio and do what we love doing.'"
The first live performance of the group's reformation in 2009.
Eventually, the band appeared for the first time on stage together in
nearly five years as presenters at the February
2009 Grammy Awards ,
announcing their reunion. The trio embarked on a reunion tour of
North America from July to October 2009, with a European trek
following from August to September 2010. The recording process for
_Neighborhoods _, the band's sixth studio album, was stalled by its
studio autonomy, tours, managers, and personal projects. DeLonge
recorded at his studio in
San Diego while Hoppus and Barker recorded
in Los Angeles—an extension of their strained communication. The
self-produced album—their first without producer
Jerry Finn —was
released in September 2011 and peaked at number two on the _Billboard_
200 . Its singles—"Up All Night " and "After Midnight "—only
attracted modest chart success, and label
Interscope was reportedly
disappointed with album sales.
"Despite growing evidence of remaining friction between the members,"
the band continued to tour in the early 2010s. They headlined the
10th Annual Honda Civic Tour in North America from in 2011, and
toured Europe in 2012. The band left
Interscope Records that October,
and subsequently released _
Dogs Eating Dogs _, an EP , in December
2012. The trio toured
Australia in 2013;
Brooks Wackerman replaced
Barker on drums as Barker was unwilling to fly after his plane crash.
These dates were followed with a small North American tour, and a
series of shows celebrating the tenth anniversary of the band's
self-titled album that November. The band played a European tour in
August 2014, culminating in them headlining the Reading and Leeds
Festivals ; it was the band's fourth appearance at the festival and
second headlining slot.
Blink-182 performing in 2011.
The reunion of the band has been characterized as dysfunctional by
both Barker and DeLonge. Hoppus commented on this era of the band in
a later interview: "Everything was always very contentious. There was
always just a strange vibe. I knew there was something wrong." In
his memoir, _Can I Say_, Barker claims DeLonge's behavior on tour was
"introverted" until "money started coming in," after which "he'd get
excited about Blink." He states DeLonge abruptly quit sometime in
mid-2014, and rejoined the following day. The group planned to begin
writing their seventh album in January 2015, which had continually
seen delays. "I'd do interviews and I just felt awful for fans
because they were promised albums for years and we couldn't do it,"
Barker later said. A record deal was finalized and sessions were
booked before DeLonge's manager informed the band he intended to spend
more time on "non-musical activities" and indefinitely depart the
group. In his own statement, DeLonge remarked that he "Never planned
on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit." After these
events, Barker summarized the band's reunion: "Why Blink even got back
together in the first place is questionable."
LINEUP CHANGE, _CALIFORNIA_, AND FUTURE (2015–PRESENT)
Blink-182 performing in 2016.
Matt Skiba (right) replaced
Tom DeLonge in 2015.
Hoppus and Barker decided to continue on without DeLonge, and
Alkaline Trio vocalist/guitarist
Matt Skiba to "fill in" for
three shows in March 2015. Hoppus and Skiba had been wanting to work
together musically for several years, so he was the first and only
person considered for the role. After legal battles with DeLonge were
worked out, Skiba joined
Blink-182 as an official member and began
preparations for new music. The resulting album, _California _, was
John Feldmann . He was the group's first new producer
since longtime collaborator Jerry Finn. _California_ was recorded
between January and March 2016. The band, as well as Feldmann, would
regularly spend "18 hours" in the studio a day, aiming to start and
complete multiple songs in that timeframe. "We all wanted to write
the best record that we could It does feel like a new beginning. It
feels like when we used to tour and sleep in the van because that's
all we wanted to do is play rock music," said Hoppus.
Upon its July 2016 release, _California_ became the band's second
number-one album on the _Billboard_ 200, and first in 15 years; it
also reached the top for the first time in the United Kingdom. Its
lead single, "Bored to Death ", became the group's first number one
single in 12 years. The band supported the album with a large
headlining tour across North America between July and October 2016,
and a European leg in June and July 2017. A deluxe edition of
_California_—essentially a double album including songs left off the
original album—was issued in 2017. _California_ earned the band
their first nomination for Best Rock Album at the
Grammy Awards .
Critical reviews of the album, however, were mixed; many considered
Feldmann's input and the throwback nature of the songs as formulaic.
When the band completes touring for _California_, they plan to take
time off and begin recording their eighth studio album. "Somehow,
Blink has had this resurgence like we never expected," Hoppus told
_Kerrang!_ in July 2017. "I count myself lucky to have been as long
as I have."
MUSICAL STYLE, LYRICAL THEMES AND INFLUENCES
"I Miss You"
The group expanded its sound later in its career. "I Miss You " is
acoustic , and features an upright bass , a cello , and a
brushstroked drum loop .
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Blink-182's music is often described as pop punk , a fusion music
genre that combines some light characteristics of punk rock with pop
music , "combining frustration and fast, sunny hooks". _The New York
Times _ writes that the band " punk's already playful core and it a
shiny, accessible polish." The band is also considered alternative
rock . Blink-182's early albums such as _Cheshire Cat_ and _Dude
Ranch_ are considered skate punk and punk rock . Blink-182
emerged from a "nurturing, often slapstick"
Southern California punk
scene, playing with groups like
The Vandals ,
but the band's sound was criticized when it achieved mainstream
popularity by several punk acts who wished to not be associated with
the band's music. The band's sound evolved with its 2003 untitled
effort, which incorporated post-hardcore influences into deeper,
darker pop territory. _Neighborhoods _, released in 2011, combines
arena rock , hip hop and indie rock inspiration. The _Sydney Morning
Herald _ characterised the band's sound as a "mildly tough approach to
pop melodies with a decided adolescent spin".
Common lyrical themes include love, family, friends, and
relationships. In greater detail, this includes "adolescent
aimlessness, broken hearts and general confusion over the care and
feeding of girls." Lyrics in singles such as "What\'s My Age Again? "
reflect age and maturity, while more serious compositions such as
Stay Together for the Kids " touch on the subject of divorce.
DeLonge said in a 1999 interview that the goal is to remain sincere
and relatable, noting that the band takes its lyrics very seriously.
Despite this, the band gained a reputation for occasional lyrical
toilet humor (_Take Off Your Pants and Jacket_). As the band members
grew older, lyrical themes began to reflect the realities of
adulthood, including relationship woes, daily pressures and unexpected
hardships, most prominently explored on _Blink-182_ (2003). On
_Neighborhoods_, darker lyricism continues: themes concerning
depression , addiction , loss and death were inspired by Barker's
plane crash and the death of producer Jerry Finn.
The band has cited
The Cure ,
Bad Religion , Screeching
Weasel , All , Face to Face , Down by Law , Pennywise ,
Green Day ,
The Vandals , Operation Ivy , Generation X , the
Refused as influences. The members of the band were also inspired
by several mid-1990s "emo " acts, most prominently
Jimmy Eat World and
The Get Up Kids .
"These three snot-nosed
San Diego punks bottled suburban angst and
distilled it into bright, shiny pop songs that might as well have been
state-issued to every American teen. During their height, Blink
permeated nearly every aspect of popular culture, making them arguably
the most influential pop-punk band _ever_." —_Alternative Press _,
Blink-182 was one of the most popular bands at the turn of the
millennium, and spearheaded the second wave of pop punk and its
journey into the mainstream. The glossy production instantly set
Blink-182 apart from the other crossover punk acts of the era, such as
Green Day . _Cheshire Cat_ is often cited by bands and fans as an
iconic release and _Dude Ranch_ has been called a "genuine modern punk
classic." _Enema of the State_ catapulted the band to stardom,
creating what _New York_ described as a "blanket immersion among
America's twenty-some million teenagers." At the band's commercial
peak, albums such as _Take Off Your Pants and Jacket_ and _Enema of
the State_ sold over 14 and 15 million copies worldwide, respectively.
The band was featured alongside Green Day, Rancid ,
Bad Religion ,
NOFX , and
The Offspring in _
One Nine Nine Four _ (2009), a
documentary examining punk rock in California.
The band never received particularly glowing reviews, with many
reviewers dismissing them as a joke act based on the humorous slant of
its music videos. British publication _
NME _ was particularly critical
of the trio, begging them to "fuck right off," and comparing them to
"that sanitised, castrated, shrink-wrapped 'new wave ' crap that the
major US record companies pumped out circa 1981 in their belated
attempt to jump on the 'punk' bandwagon." Nevertheless, subsequent
reviews of the band's discography have been more positive. Andy
Greenwald of _Blender _ wrote, "the quick transformation from nudists
to near geniuses is down-right astonishing." James Montgomery of MTV
Blink-182 one of the "most influential bands of the past 20
years," writing, "despite their maturation, Blink never took
themselves particularly _seriously_, which was another reason they
were so accessible."
"When it comes to having inestimable influence,
Blink-182 might well
be contemporary punk's version of the Beatles ", wrote Scott Heisel in
a 2009 _Alternative Press _ cover story on the band. The same
magazine later ranked Blink the fourth of the "30 Most Influential
Bands of the Past 30 Years," just behind
Fugazi , and
Nirvana . The new generation of pop punk and alternative rock fans
found the Blink sound "hugely influential," with Montgomery writing,
"... without them, there'd be no
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy , no
Paramore , or no
Fueled by Ramen Records ." In 2011, _The New York Times_ asserted
that "no punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than
Blink-182," stating that even as the band receded after its 2005
split, "its sound and style could be heard in the muscular pop punk of
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy or in the current wave of high-gloss
Warped Tour punk
All Time Low and The Maine ." Maria Sherman of _The
Village Voice _ took that sentiment a step further, writing "It's
Blink-182 is the most important band of the '90s, dick
jokes and all. Apart from the sound, Blink's ideology has been
popularized their presence is everywhere." According to Kelefa
Sanneh of _
The New Yorker _, the group "emerged as a touchstone,
spawning more imitators than any American rock band since Nirvana."
Bands such as
Panic! at the Disco and
All Time Low originated covering
Blink-182 songs. "Anyone in our genre would be lying if they said
they weren't influenced by Blink-182," said
Joel Madden of Good
Charlotte . Bands such as
You Me at Six and
5 Seconds of Summer have
also named the band as influences.
The band's influence extends beyond pop punk groups as well: the band
has been cited as an influence by
Avril Lavigne ,
Best Coast , DIIV
FIDLAR , Grimes , Male Bonding ,
Mumford & Sons ,
Owl City ,
Posture the latter even mentioned the band in the lyrics of their
number-one hit song "Closer ". Critics have noted traits of the
band's sound in the music of
Mark Hoppus – bass guitar , vocals (1992–2005; 2009–present)
Travis Barker – drums , percussion (1998–2005; 2009–present)
Matt Skiba – guitar , vocals (2015–present)
Scott Raynor – drums, percussion (1992–1998)
Tom DeLonge – guitar, vocals (1992–2005; 2009–2015)
Former touring musicians
* Byron McMackin – drums, percussion (1999)
Josh Freese – drums, percussion (1999)
Damon DeLaPaz – drums, percussion (1999; 2000)
Brooks Wackerman – drums, percussion (1999; 2013)
Blink-182 discography and
List of Blink-182 songs
* _Cheshire Cat _ (1995)
* _Dude Ranch _ (1997)
Enema of the State _ (1999)
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket _ (2001)
Blink-182 _ (2003)
* _Neighborhoods _ (2011)
* _California _ (2016)
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