Ep. 8 Blink 182
The punk-rock group from San Diego, California first formed in 1992. The original trio consisted of Tom DeLonge (guitar, vocals), Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals), and Scott Raynor (drums). Travis Barker replaced Scott in 1998 and after 2 albums, Blink-182 had finally found their sound. Blink was MTV’s poster child, dominating radio and video play with ‘What’s My Age Again?’, ‘All The Small Things’, ‘Adam’s Song’, ‘Dammit’, and ‘First Date’. In the 2000's, they may have reenergized the entire punk-rock genre. So much so, the magazine Alternative Press ranked Blink-182 the 4th most influential band of the last 30 years. Behind only the likes of Radiohead, Fugazi, and Nirvana. The group hit a rough patch in 2005, resulting in an indefinite hiatus. However, during the split, all three members pursued separate creative endeavors. The most notable of these include the side bands Angels & Airwaves, formed by Tom DeLonge, and the group +44 formed by Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. After Travis Barker’s near fatal plane crash in 2008, the trio reunited and starting writing again. Their 7th studio album, titled, Neighborhoods, was self produced and released in 2011. Unfortunately the group called it quits for good in 2015, as Tom DeLonge chose to go in a different direction. Matt Skiba, originally from the band Alkaline Trio, has recently joined forces with Mark and Travis to continue the Blink-182 legacy. Expect new music from the now “new” Blink by the end of April 2016.