Blink-182: A Retrospective

by Lil Nugget

The alternative rock band Blink-182 produced hit after hit during the 1990’s. They have sold over 13 million records in the United States, and over 50 million worldwide. Their music spans over two decades and don’t seem to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. Let’s take a look at the catalog and career of Blink-182.

The band formed in Poway, California in 1992 and consisted of three members: drummer Scott Raynor, bassist and singer Mark Hoppus, and guitarist and lead singer Tom DeLonge. The band played at local venues and various competitions to get notice. They recorded a trilogy of demo tapes to shop around the industry until the band was picked up Westbeach records.

The group released its debut album Cherish Cat in 1995. The album sold well for an independent alternative rock band and was backed by two singles, M+Ms and Wasting Time. The drummer, Scott Raynor left the group and was replaced by Travis Barker. In 1997 the group released their second album Dude Ranch. The album received moderate reviews and success, like their debut album, but is now hailed as a classic.

 In the year 1999 the group released their third album Enema of The State. The album was the first recording featuring Travis Barker as the drummer. The album was backed by three smash hit singles that played on constant radio rotation and heavy MTV circulation. The album received rave reviews and praise from critics.

Their fourth album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was released in 2001. The album was a success and received good reviews. It debuted at number one on the charts and was a commercial success.

Their fifth album was self titled and released in 2003. Like the past two albums, the record received position reviews and did well on the charts. The next album titled Neighborhood was released eight years later in 2011. During the time the band had split up and gotten back together.

The band’s final album up to the date of this writing is California released in 2016. The album was the first to feature a new guitarist and lead singer Mike Skiba, who replaced Tom DeLonge. The band is still touring off of the success of California. They are planning to start writing for their next album later this year in 2017.

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