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General information
origin San Diego , United States
Genre (s) Rock , pop-punk , alternative rock before 2003: skate-punk , punk-rock
founding 1992, 2009
resolution 2005
Founding members
Vocals, bass
Mark Hoppus
Vocals, guitar
Tom DeLonge (until 2015)
Scott Raynor (until 1998)
Current occupation
Vocals, bass
Mark Hoppus
Vocals, guitar
Matt Skiba (since 2015)
Travis Barker (since 1998)
former band logo

Blink-182 (pronounced "blink one eighty-two"; own spelling blink-182 ) is an American punk rock band from San Diego in 1992 by Mark Hoppus , Tom DeLonge and Scott Raynor under the name Blink was founded . The international breakthrough came in 1999 with the line-up of Hoppus, DeLonge and Travis Barker , who had replaced Raynor the year before, with the five-time platinum album Enema of the State and the single All the Small Things . After four commercially successful albums and countless awards, the band decided to take a break in 2005. Tom DeLonge formed the band Angels & Airwaves , while Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker played together at +44 . In February 2009 they announced their reunification. DeLonge was replaced in 2015 by singer and guitarist Matt Skiba .

Blink-182's mascot is a bunny wearing a black shirt with the Blink logo. On the tours you could buy various plastic figures of the rabbit.

Band history

Mark Hoppus, who had just moved to San Diego and played electric bass, met Tom DeLonge through his sister in 1992, who played guitar in a garage band called Big Oily Men , which had no permanent members. DeLonge and Hoppus recorded the song Carousel together on the first night . By their own admission, the two were a perfect match from the start; as a drummer they soon found Scott Raynor, a metal fan from the same neighborhood. Together with Raynor the band was complete and was founded under the name Duck Tape.

Already at the end of 1992 the band had developed their own style, which was based on models like The Cure or NOFX , but had something of its own. In Raynor's bedroom Duck Tape took their first demo tape on which the name Flyswatter ( dt. Flyswatter ) wore.

Sometimes up to 150 skater kids came to the shows, at which the band also sold their tapes. Hoppus was working in a record shop at the time. Since the manager of the shop was listening to the same music, Hoppus showed him the demo tape and the band was given the opportunity to record a new demo tape under better conditions, which was called Buddha . Buddha was released by Kung Fu Records and is the first official release of the band. In 1998 this album was released on CD with almost the same songs as the original as a remastered version, it is still available in stores.

The band continued to tour the San Diego area and sold the demos. This made Cargo Records and Grilled Cheese Records aware of them and gave them the chance to record an album in the studio.

The beginnings

The first album was released in 1994 under the name Cheshire Cat , while the band called themselves Blink . However, since there was already an Irish band that had this name, they had to change their name and chose the addition "-182" . There are countless rumors and speculations about the background of this number; they range from the number of seven dirty words in the film Scarface , the flight number of the 1978 Pacific Southwest Airlines flight 182 that crashed over San Diego , the coordinates of their homes, the weight of a band member, and the sum of their birthdays. In fact, Blink-182 said that the number 182 came about by chance and was chosen because of the "appealing sounding [English] emphasis". Cheshire Cat sold over 300,000 times and increased the band's popularity enormously.

Blink-182 (2009)

The band's first video was M + M’s and was created on a budget of $ 10,000. In 1995 MTV banned it from broadcasting because of various profanities and banned the band from the station. This was followed by a slightly more adult video for M + M's . Meanwhile, the band gave their first major concerts with Incubus , Face to Face and Pennywise .

In 1997 they released the album Dude Ranch , which achieved gold and platinum status. The song Dammit stayed in the Billboard Top 100 Alternative Charts for a year and the band made their breakthrough in the US.

Separation from drummer Scott Raynor

During the SnoCore tour in 1998 there was a difference of opinion between Raynor and the other two band members. This argument resulted in Raynor breaking up with the band. After leaving, Raynor played in various other, relatively unknown bands.

Since Raynor left the band immediately before what, according to their own statements, was the most important concert of their career, Hoppus and DeLonge had to find a replacement as soon as possible. Before their performance they met Travis Barker, who was giving a concert with his band The Aquabats that evening before Blink-182. He agreed to play drummer for her that evening. He learned the songs in just 45 minutes and played them perfectly during the concert, so Hoppus and DeLonge asked him if he wanted to join the band and Barker said he would drum for Blink-182 until their old drummer came back. After a month, Hoppus and DeLonge told Barker that Raynor was not coming back and Barker became the band's new drummer.

International breakthrough

Live performance for US Navy soldiers and their families in Bahrain

In 1998 the album Enema of the State was recorded with Travis Barker. The album's title is a play on "Enemy of the State" ( Public Enemy ) and "enema" ( inlet ). The band Tool used a similar play on words on their album Ænima .

The album was the final breakthrough. The success of Enema of the State was also one reason why the band was voted "Best New Act 2000" by the music broadcaster MTV in 2000 - eight years after its formation. While the first two singles What's My Age Again? and All the Small Things were commercially successful (the video for What's My Age Again? also caused a scandal as the band members were walking naked through a city), the third single Adam's Song gained a lot of attention due to its subject matter: Mark Hoppus wrote the title the subject of suicide after Blink-182 received an email from the mother of a suicide, accusing him of complicity in the death of her son. In response to the mother's accusation, Hoppus said in an interview:

“The song clearly states: In every shitty situation there is a way out. I don't see myself in connection with this suicide at all. "

At the end of 2000 the live album The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) Was released , which contains the song Family Reunion , which is very popular with the fans , and which provokes Americans in particular through the frequent use of the " seven dirty words ".

In 2001 the commercially very successful album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was released , which reached number one in the USA and Germany. The album contains both songs with the typically unconventional and provocative humor of the band (e.g. Happy Holidays, You Bastard ), but also thoughtful songs like Stay Together for the Kids or Give Me One Good Reason .

In 2002, Blink-182 took part in the Pop Disaster Tour along with Green Day and Jimmy Eat World .

New ways

In the meantime, the band members had trained themselves musically with some of their own projects or took other paths such as: B. Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker with the Box Car Racer project , which is a lot more serious than Blink-182. Barker was able to live out his passion for hip hop at The Transplants . Mark Hoppus stayed true to pop-punk and was a guest singer on Simple Plan ( I'd Do Anything ) and The Ataris . Box Car Racer broke up in 2003 to get Blink-182 after Hoppus felt left out of DeLonge and Barker.

On the 2003 album with the band name as the title, the band shows a lot of variety. It's from quiet, melancholy songs (I Miss You , I'm Lost Without You) to a guest appearance by Robert Smith ( The Cure ) (All of This) to up-tempo numbers (Stockholm Syndrome , Go , Feeling This) to find everything.

Time out

Mark Hoppus at a concert

In February 2005 it was announced that the band wanted to take an indefinite break in order to spend more time with their families. Officially, they had not dissolved, but there was talk of a "hiatus", i.e. an interruption. There is said to have been a dispute between Hoppus and DeLonge, as DeLonge allegedly got a new offer after the successful project with Box Car Racer, which he wanted to decline. However, Hoppus misunderstood this and thought DeLonge would accept the offer, and so there was an argument that ultimately led to the break. The end of Blink-182 was open, but DeLonge said in an interview how much he would miss Hoppus and Barker, so a meeting of the band in the future should not be ruled out.

Travis Barker and his ex-wife Shanna Moakler (" Miss America 1995") had their own MTV show called Meet the Barkers , a reality show in the style of The Osbournes . On the show they always showed themselves as a harmonious couple, but the marriage was in crisis until they finally divorced. From March 19, 2007 they were a couple again. But they are now separated again.

Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus founded the band +44 in 2005 together with Carol Heller (ex-member of the girl band Get the Girl ) . In 2006, Carol Heller left the band to take care of her family. She can be heard in the song Make You Smile . Then Shane Gallagher and Craig Fairbaugh joined them. Ironically, on Tom DeLonge's birthday in December 2005, +44 published their first song on their website, lyrically speaking, the song certainly made many fans think. If Hoppus' lines were addressed to DeLonge, then they could hardly hope for a quick reunion of the band Blink-182. On the other hand, it was also suspected that it was just a PR gag.

Tom DeLonge also started a new project called Angels & Airwaves in 2005 , which takes a completely different path and is to be settled in the field of rock. Guitarist David Kennedy , who already played with DeLonge on Box Car Racer, as well as bassist Ryan Sinn from The Distillers and drummer Atom Willard from the well-known punk rock band The Offspring also played in this new band .

In autumn 2005 a greatest hits album was released. The album contains the most famous songs of the last 14 years as well as the previous B-sides Not Now and Another Girl, Another Planet .

Hope for reunification or final dissolution?

The first hopes for a reunion of the band arose when Tom DeLonge said in an interview on the question of contact with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker:

“I haven't spoken to them since I left. I needed not to talk to them. I needed to recreate my life. You know, that (blink-182) was very much an exciting and amazing part of my life. But I don't miss the blink days. In the future, I'm sure we'll come back together. I'd be honored if I could share the stage with the guys (Mark and Travis) again, [...]. "

“I haven't spoken to them (Mark and Travis) since we split up. I needed some time off without her and had to reorganize my own life. You know, blink-182 has been a very exciting and unique part of my life. Still, I don't miss the time with blink. I am sure that we will meet again in the future. I would feel honored to be on stage again with the boys (Mark and Travis). "

- Tom DeLonge

On the other hand, one did not know whether one should take seriously interviews like these, which may only "exist on paper" and were sufficiently available. Finally, DeLonge gave the following interview on the Australian music channel "Channel V":

“I'm let it be for a while, but I definitely want to talk to them again obviously. I would love to rebuild my friendship with those guys, they're amazing people. ”

“I'll leave it for a while, but I definitely want to talk to them again. I would love to rebuild my friendship with these guys, they are fantastic people. "

- Tom DeLonge

One rumor said that in a lot of documentaries, news reports and a few interviews, one heard that this “breakup” was just a “creative break”. The manager denied this. The autumn issue of EMP magazine offered another ray of hope . Angels & Airwaves and their album We Don't Need to Whisper were presented. An interview with Tom was also included in the article, in which he confirmed, among other things: “I will soon have to have some very unpleasant conversations with Mark. Quite simply because we still have our joint companies (the fashion labels Atticus Clothing, Macbeth Footwear and Loserkids). We have to see what happens next. We haven't been in contact for 18 months, which I regret. Because he's and remains the best friend I've ever had. ”However, Mark sold his shares in the company before this conversation could take place.

In August 2006, an interview with Mark Hoppus buried the last hopes for the time being. In it, Hoppus described in great detail how the break came about and also that guitarist Tom DeLonge left the band in February 2005.

“[…] The next day our manager called and informed us that, 'as of today, Tom DeLonge is no longer a member of blink-182.' He said not to try and call Tom, that he had already changed his number and didn't want to talk to us. And that is how it ended. After 13 years of being in a band together, hundreds of thousand of miles toured, countless shows played, and seven albums released, Tom didn't even call to quit the band. He had his manager do it for him. [...] ”

“[…] The next day our manager called us and informed us that Tom DeLonge would no longer be a member of blink-182 from today '. He said that we shouldn't call Tom, that he had already changed his phone number and that he didn't want to speak to us. And so it ended. After 13 years together in a band, hundreds of thousands of miles on tour, countless concerts and seven released albums, Tom didn't even call to inform us of his exit. He let his manager do it. [...] "

- Mark Hoppus

Mark Hoppus wrote on his official blog in November 2008 that he, Tom, Travis and he are talking again. Meetings have already taken place. However, Hoppus left it open whether there would be a reunification of Blink-182.

“In the midst of everything else that has happened lately, tom, travis, and i have all spoken together. first through a number of phone calls, and then a couple of weeks ago we all hung out for a few hours. they've all been great, very positive conversations. We're just reconnecting as friends after four years of not talking. it's a good thing. obviously the first question for a lot of people will be "does this mean a blink-182 reunion?" the answer is none of us know. we haven't talked about it at all. right now it's just good for the three of us to see one another, reconnect, and let the past be the past. the events of the past two months supersede everything that happened before. life is too short. "

“Through everything that has happened recently, Tom, Travis and I have spoken again. First in several conversations on the phone and then, a few weeks ago, we hung out for a few hours. These were all very good, positive conversations. We're finally getting back together as friends after four years of not talking to each other. That's great. For most people, of course, the question now arises: "Are blink-182 coming back?" The answer to that is: None of us know. We haven't talked about it yet. For now, it's good for the three of us to see each other again and let the past be the past. The events of the past two months have suppressed everything that happened before. Life is too short."

- Mark Hoppus

Among other things, Hoppus addressed the losses of important people in his life. In particular, the death of Little Chris, a companion of Blink-182, who was killed in a plane crash in which the drummer Travis Barker was seriously injured, affected him very much.

On February 5, 2009, announced that Blink-182 would perform together at the 51st Grammy Awards .


On February 8, 2009, Blink-182 officially announced at the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles that they were going on tour together and releasing a new album. On the same day, their website was completely redesigned. On it the band published their statement about the reunification:

“Hi, we're blink-182. This past week there've been a lot of questions about the current status of the band, and we wanted you to hear it straight from us. To put it simply, we're back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years deep in our legacy. Summer 2009. Thanks and get ready… ”

"Hi, we're blink-182. There have been a lot of questions about the state of the band over the past week and we wanted you to hear it directly from us. To make it easy, we're back. By that we mean right back. We'll pick up where we left off and we'll go one better. Are in the studio, writing and recording a new album. We are preparing everything to tour the world one more time. Friendships have found each other again. We only have 17 years of our legacy behind us. Summer 2009. Thank you and prepare ... "

Furthermore, the band presents the new logo on their website. The classic smiley face has been re-colored with chrome paints and a sixth arrow has been added.

In February 2009 it was first announced on the Internet that Blink-182 would tour with Weezer . It was later announced in Rolling Stone magazine that Fall Out Boy would also tour with Blink-182. The first tour dates were only published in May 2009; The band gave their first live concert in almost five years on May 14, 2009 in Hollywood . The new tour started on July 23, 2009 in Las Vegas and ended on October 12, 2009 with a concert in Atlantic City . On August 17th, 2009, Mark Hoppus confirmed that a tour in Europe was planned for next year:

"All three of us have agreed to go over to Europe in the next year, so we're going to start planning that out."

- Mark Hoppus

In February 2010 it was confirmed that Blink-182 will perform in August 2010 at a concert in Hamburg and at three festivals, Area 4 , Highfield and Chiemsee Rocks . In addition, after ten years they played again in Austria at the Two Days a Week festival . Also in summer 2012 they played several concerts in Germany and Switzerland as part of their European tour. Among other things as the headliner of the Hurricane and Southside Festival.


From winter 2010/2011 the band worked on a new studio album, which was originally supposed to be released in summer. In mid-April, the band announced that the release of the album would be postponed to the end of the year and the European tour to 2012. The album was completed by July 31st.

The first single on the album was titled Up All Night and premiered in July 2011 on the KROQ radio station and on the band's website. During an interview with the radio station KROQ, Mark Hoppus announced that the album will be called Neighborhoods and will be released on September 27, 2011. On September 23, the album was released in Germany and Australia, while the release in the United States and worldwide followed on September 27. The genre of the album is more modern alternative rock than pop punk .

Separation of Interscope and EP

On October 23, 2012, DeLonge announced on his Facebook and Twitter profile that Blink-182 are now independent , i.e. have left their label, Interscope. On December 18, 2012, they released the digital-only EP Dogs Eating Dogs , which included five new songs.

In February and March 2013 the band went on tour in Australia and, in addition to the Soundwave Festival, played four concerts along the east coast with The Vandals and Sharks. Barker couldn't play because of his fear of flying and was replaced for the tour by Brooks Wackerman ( Bad Religion , Tenacious D ).

New album and separation from founding member Tom DeLonge

In the summer of 2014 the band performed at a number of concerts in Europe, including Chiemsee Summer and headlining the Reading and Leeds Festivals . DeLonge announced on various social networks that the band was working on a new album. In January 2015, Barker and Hoppus announced that DeLonge was leaving. A week before the start of the recordings for the new album, he let the other two band members know through his manager that he was not interested in activities with Blink-182 until further notice. Hoppus and Barker then described DeLonge as "disrespectful and ungrateful". Two days later, on January 28, 2015, DeLonge confirmed the breakup on his Facebook page and disclosed the reasons for this in the form of a detailed letter.

Quote: "Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."

In addition, Barker and Hoppus announced that Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio will step in for DeLonge for the previously confirmed appearance at the Musink Music and Tattoo Festival . While said shows were being played as Blink 182 with Matt Skiba , legal disputes with DeLonge could be resolved, so that Skiba has been a permanent member of the band since the end of 2015 and is working on new material.

On April 27, 2016, the new single Bored to Death , which was produced by Goldfinger guitarist John Feldmann , was released on the radio. A tour through the United States followed in summer 2016, which was accompanied by A Day to Remember , All Time Low and the All-American Rejects . On July 1, 2016, the seventh studio album California was released , the first album without founding member Tom DeLonge. On May 19, 2017, Bored to Death was released as a deluxe edition, including twelve new songs.

On May 6, 2019, the band announced a tour with rapper Lil Wayne and Welsh pop-rock band Neck Deep . The following day the song "Blame it On My Youth" was released.

In July 2019, a new album entitled Nine was announced on Facebook , which was released on September 20, 2019.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1995 Cheshire Cat - - - UK-
First published: February 17, 1995
Sales: + 250,000
1997 Dude ranch - - - UK100

(1 week)UK

(48 weeks)US
First published: June 17, 1997
Sales: + 1,370,000
1999 Enema of the State DE18 (35 weeks)

(18 weeks)AT
CH13 (40 weeks)

(38 weeks)UK
Quintuple platinum
× 5
Quintuple platinum

(86 weeks)US
First published: June 1, 1999
Sales: + 15,000,000
2001 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket DE1 (27 weeks)
AT3 (18 weeks)

(30 weeks)CH

(34 weeks)UK
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(58 weeks)US
First published: June 13, 2001
Sales: +14,000,000
2003 blink-182 DE14 (25 weeks)
AT16 (21 weeks)
CH17 (21 weeks)

(46 weeks)UK

(47 weeks)US
First published: November 18, 2003
Sales: + 7,000,000
2011 Neighborhoods DE6 (5 weeks)
AT7 (4 weeks)
CH11 (5 weeks)

(5 weeks)UK
US2 (14 weeks)
First published: September 23, 2011
Sales: + 500,000
2016 California DE3 (11 weeks)
AT2 (11 weeks)
CH3 (8 weeks)

(12 weeks)UK

(24 weeks)US
First published: July 1, 2016
Sales: + 635,000
2019 Nine DE4 (3 weeks)
AT8 (5 weeks)
CH13 (2 weeks)
UK6 (3 weeks)
US3 (3 weeks)
First published: September 20, 2019
Sales: + 202,000



  • 2017: Best Rock Album for California (nomination)

MTV Video Music Awards

  • 2000: Best Group Video for All the Small Things
  • 2000: Best Pop Video for All the Small Things (nomination)
  • 2000: Video of the Year for All the Small Things (nomination)
  • 2002: Best Group Video for First Date (nomination)

MTV Europe Music Awards

  • 2000: Best Newcomer
  • 2001: Best rock act

Kerrang! Awards

  • 2000: Best Video for All the Small Things
  • 2004: Best album for Blink-182 (nomination)
  • 2004: Best International Band (nomination)
  • 2016: Icon Award

Kids' Choice Awards

  • 2001: Best band

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2000: Choice Rock Group
  • 2001: Best Rock Group
  • 2004: Choice Love Song for I Miss You


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  • Tim Footman: blink-182 - The Unauthorized biography in Words and Pictures. Chrome Dreams, 2002, ISBN 1-84240-168-8 .

Web links

Commons : Blink-182  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

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