History of Blink 182

Topics: Blink-182, Travis Barker, Tom DeLonge Pages: 5 (2080 words) Published: August 19, 2008
Many people love music. Whether it's rock, punk, country, rap, or pop. There are many different kinds of music, but I am going to focus on one type of music, punk rock music. The band, Blink 182 was a great punk rock band that rocked charts for over a decade. But what happened to them?Blink 182 and its history can be broken down into so many topics. Starting with the members of the band, albums they released, the break up, and where they are now. This paper will explain the members in the band and what they did, the albums and hit songs on their list, why the band was forced into an indefinite hiatus, and where the members are at and what they are doing for there careers right now.The start of Blink 182 included the members Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Scott Raynor. They formed the band called Blink, (later changed to Blink 182) in 1992. The small group was from San Diego, California. Blink recorded their first demo album called Flyswatter in 1993, where it was recorded in Scott Raynor's bedroom. Flyswatter consisted of eight songs with very poor quality. Only about fifty copies were ever released. Blink's second demo album Buddha, released in 1994, still had poor quality, but it was better than Flyswatter. Blink released about 1,000 copies for Buddha Cargo Records heard of the trio and signed them to make another album. Cheshire Cat was the name of their first debut album. Two great hits from it were "Carousel" and "M&M's." Shortly after Blink released Cheshire Cat in 1994, a pop band from Ireland named Blink as well threatened to sue them. Blink settled and established to add the numbers 182 to end of it. The numbers have no meaning whatsoever, just a random number. Blink 182's next album was Dude Ranch released in 1997. In 1998, Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge confronted drummer Scott Raynor about his drinking problem. He had the choice to go to rehab or to quit the band. Raynor agreed to go to rehab, but the two didn't believe he would do it. Mark and Tom fired him over the phone. Travis Barker was asked to play with Blink 182 for the rest of the tour they were on. He agreed and joined the band and took place of Scott Raynor. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blink-182)Blink 182 has had an amazing music career for the decade they played. Many great hits that have all been collected onto a "greatest hits" album. Blink 182 started out playing joke around crude humor songs with vulgar language and funny lyrics. As they matured throughout the years their songs became more serious through each album. Blink 182's first debut album was Cheshire Cat, released in 1994 with the hits "Carousel" and "M&M's." A couple years later in 1997, Blink 182 released Dude Ranch with the hits "Dammit" and "Josie." Their next album titled Enema of the State was released in 1999 with such singles as "What's My Age Again?" "Adam's Song" and "All the Small Things." Enema of the State sold over 10 million copies around the world. This was the turning point in Blink 182's career. In 2000, Blink 182 then went as far as to gather random clips of behind the scenes footage of their tours and making of their albums. The DVD was called The Urethra Chronicles. A funny comedic film of the trio goofing off like a bunch of children. In 2001, the release of Blink 182's next album titled, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, was a great success as well. Again selling over 10 million copies worldwide. Blink 182's hit singles off the album were "First Date" "The Rock Show" and "Stay Together for the Kids." The Take Off Your Pants and Jacket album came in three different albums, red, green, and yellow. Each album containing different bonus hidden tracks. Blink 182's last album released in 2003, was untitled. Travis Barker quoted “We left the album untitled, rather than self titled, to represent a new Blink 182. They preferred it to be called an untitled album. It released the hit singles, "Feeling This" "I Miss You" "Down" and "Always." This was the intense serious side of...
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