Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals), Tom Delonge (guitar, vocals) and Scott Raynor (drums) like to share the intimate details of how they met in 1993 and decided to form the band Blink 182. These three San Diego-area natives (they're from a small town called Powan, Calif.) claim that they met at an annual Future Proctologists of America camping trip. Gathered around the campfire, these disturbed kids recognized in one another the same love for songs involving girls, friends, life and chronic diarrhea. They say that after a short-lived turn as "El Cuatro and the Cajones," a mariachi band available for weddings, birthdays and ritual circumcisions, they put aside their sombreros and plugged in their amps, hoping to spread their goodwill, positive attitude and fondness for toilet humor throughout the world.
Their evolution to Blink 182 was a good idea. They have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia with bands such Pennywise and NOFX. Their hard-driving, thrash sound, suitable for surfing, skating and snowboarding scenes, has been included on Taylor Steele's surf video tours and on the 1996 and 1997 Warped Tour.
Blink 182 released their first full-length album, Cheshire Cat, on Grilled Cheese (a division of Cargo Music), in 1995. Later that year they released Map of the Universe on Lime/Parloplan. In 1996, they signed a joint venture record deal with Cargo Music and MCA Records.
With 1997's Dude Ranch, a new dose of hardcore thrash music, Blink 182 set out to conquer the hearts and souls of America, the world and eventually Uranus (how they like that butt humor).
In 1998, Scott Raynor left the band, and was replaced by Travis Barker, formerly of the Aquabats.
After Travis came, Enema of the State, hit record store shelves in the summer of 1999.
Finally, Blink 182 came out with Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, which comprised of three different albums...Take Off [the picture of the airplane], Pants, and Jacket. Each one was basically the same except for the couple bonus tracks at the end of each CD.
Blink-182 took a break from the road after Christmas '98 to begin pre-production for Enema Of The State, recorded in the band's hometown of San Diego at Signature Sound. Handling production duties was Jerry Finn, whose previous credits include Green Day and Rancid. Enema Of The State shattered the standard set by Dude Ranch. World-wide sales are now over seven million copies, not to mention the fact that the CD perched high atop the upper-reaches of Billboard's Top 200 for over a year. The album's three singles, "What's My Age Again," "All The Small Things" and "Adam's Song" dominated MTV, alternative, rock and Top-40 radio.
Their summer tour, where The Mark, Tom & Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) was recorded, sold a third of a million tickets. The aforementioned album was a 20-track collection of live versions of classic blink-182 hits produced by Jerry Finn, and also contained never-before-released songs, a new studio track, and all the hilarious potty-mouthed one liners a fan could want. In its limited release, The Mark, Tom & Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. In other Blink-182 news, a massive U.S. summer 2001 tour is on the drawing boards, and a book about the band's early days, written by Hoppus' younger sister, Anne, now carries a title, Tales From Beneath Your Mom. It's scheduled to hit bookstores in mid-September.
Then there's the ever-expanding blink-182 mercantile empire, which stretches from pole to pole, from sea to shining sea. First there's their own blink182.com website for fans and curious onlookers. Travis's "Famous Stars and Straps" is a successful retailer and website for clothes, belts and accessories. Mark and Tom's "Loserkids.com" is an equally vibrant website for clothes, skates, music, movies. But despite these ancillary success stories, Mark, Tom and Travis never lose sight of what's most important for blink-182 and their worldwide legions of fans: music and tasteless comedy at every opportunity.
Who knows what's next for the band? There's an old expression "You can't turn chicken shit into chicken salad." But, in the case of blink-182, you can really put chicken shit in someone's chicken salad.
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