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There are few things worse than finding the perfect name for your group only to learn somebody else has it. That happened to Nirvana but they managed to hang on to their moniker. Blink formed in Poway, CA. After releasing an EP and a couple of indie CDs, "Buddha" and "Cheshire Cat," Blink found there was an Irish band with the same name. On top of that, the Irishmen had lawyers and were ready to use them. So Blink became Blink-182. The name change did them good. They spent 1996-97 on the Warped Tour being embraced by the skaters, surfers and snowboarders.

"Dude Ranch," rolled out in '97 and captured the attention of MCA Records. Now stardom beckoned. But there was a slight bump in the road. Blink-182's original drummer, Scott Raynor, abruptly departed. As a result, Travis Barker who was touring with his band, the Aquabats, was asked to fill in. In approximately two hours Barker learned Blink-182's set, some twenty songs, and hit the stage that evening. Having won Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge's undying appreciation, Barker was asked to join, which of course, he accepted.

"Enema Of The State" arrived in the summer of '99 and was still going strong a year later led by the brilliant "What's My Age Again." The front cover photo had a nurse, who looked like the daughter of the teacher in Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" video. Pure marketing. Some things never change. "The Mark, Tom And Travis Show," a live set featuring their hits and pre-fame material, came next. "Take Off Your Pants & Jacket" was released the following year, in '01, and continued the group's hot streak.

After a break for side projects (Boxcar Racer and the Transplants) Blink-182 took a slightly different tack on their self-titled '03 release. Led by the single "Feeling This" the group stretched a bit with some fans embracing the change and others disowning it. That's the risk you take.




Whether due to the album's negative reception, internal disputes or just plain weariness, Blink-182 ceased. There was some backbiting between DeLonge and Hoppus but little else. Still, Blink 182 owns a unique place in Rock annals. They may not have been the first to meld power pop with Punk sensibilities (or was it Punk with power pop sensibilities?) but they certainly were the most successful and imitated.

Post Blink-182, DeLonge founded Angels & Airwaves. That kept him occupied but not nearly at Barker's level. Barker, whose personal life often overshadowed his musical endeavors, stayed very busy following Blink-182's demise. His marriage to former Miss USA Shanna Moakler was featured on MTV's Meet The Barkers ('05-'06). Predictably, the marriage hit the skids in '06 which more or less put an end to the series. Barker was next seen briefly in the company of Paris Hilton (yes, the notorious Hilton Hotel heiress). Musically, Barker was on firmer ground as part of Box Car Racer with DeLonge and +44 with Hoppus, among numerous other projects.

On September 20th, '08 Barker landed (hard) in the news. He was seriously injured when his plane, a Learjet 60, crashed during take-off following a free concert in West Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina). A blown tire was the suspected cause. Two members of Barker's personal staff, the pilot and co-pilot died in the accident. Barker and his musical partner DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) survived by sliding down the craft's wing. Both were listed in critical but stable condition. Barker was later moved to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA, where he spent nine days being treated for severe burns.

"My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened,,, well, I'm just thankful to be alive," said Barker.

Following Barker's near death experience it was DeLonge who had the change of heart. Having not talked to Hoppus since '05's acrimonious split, DeLonge contacted Hoppus and Barker.

Blink 182's '09 tour was their first in four years. It was clear they were taking things more seriously. "We used to walk onstage and forget our parts - we just wanted to play fast and look cool," said Hoppus. "This time we want to be a little more artistic."

On a related note, Hoppus was also one of the subjects of the Gillette UNCUT music film series on Fuse TV. "I'm not a high fashion guy," claimed Hoppus in the '10 documentary. "There are a lot of dudes who can pull off the scruffy look, but I'm not one of them. Every night before I go onstage, I have a moment where I think, 'Can I pull this off tonight?'"

When a reunion tour goes well (or at least well enough), the next logical step is recording. A "little more than halfway done" with Blink 182's follow-up to their self-titled '03 album, Barker told Billboard.com, "{The songs feel like} where we left off with the self-titled. They feel like they could be disc two of that album, so far." Barker also slotted in a tour, with Lil Wayne, in support of his debut solo release "Give The Drummer Some."

Despite continued reports from band members that the songs were 'awesome' (Barker) and that they had just recorded songs that were 'some of the best on the album' (DeLonge) "Neighborhoods" didn't have a release date. Finally, Geffen Records stepped in and gave the band a deadline. "Recording is never really finished," Delonge stated. "You slide or limp into home base."

Blink-182, Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys headlined the three-day Oxegen festival at Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland prior to the release of Blink-182's first song in eight years, "Up All Night."

In the time between the lead single and the '11 release of "Neighborhoods," the group's sixth studio album - first since their '09 reunion - DeLonge, who suffered from skin cancer on his chest the previous year, launched 'boomerlovesboobies.com' to raise money for cancer awareness with Keep A Breast.org.

Selling 151,000 copies in its debut week, "Neighborhoods," landed at #2 on the Billboard 200, behind chart topper J. Cole (who sold 75,000 more units).

A five-song EP, "Dogs Eating Dogs," was recorded at DeLonge's Neverpants Ranch studio and at Barker/Hoppus' Opra Music Studios and released just before Christmas '12.

After the project was completed, Barker made some revealing comments about the group's comeback effort. "To me already, this EP is a hundred times better than "Neighborhoods," because we're all in a room together. There's some songs on there that I love, but for the most part it was disconnected."

"Dogs Eating Dogs," debuted at #23 on the Billboard 200. It went to #3 on the Billboard's Independent Albums chart, #5 on the Rock chart, #2 on the Alternative Albums chart and #3 on the Digital Albums chart.

"We put out our last EP in 1995. A lot has changed in all those years and we want to thank our fans for making it all possible," DeLonge said in a statement.

Produced by Blink-182, along with Chris Holmes, "Dogs Eating Dogs" was the group's first self-released effort since leaving Interscope/DGC in October, '12.

Unfortunately, Barker's plane crash had left an indelible psychological mark on the drummer. So much so, that while Blink-182 was planning a nine-show tour of Australia he gave the group permission to go without him.

"I still haven't gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time I flew when my plane crashed and four people were killed, two being my best friends," said Barker. "I gave the band my blessing to take another drummer if they still wanted to do the tour without me." Bad Religion's Brooks Wackerman filled-in.

Back in the U.S., Blink-182 launched an auction in to generate funds for those affected by the May, '13 Oklahoma tornado. "We have been to Oklahoma numerous times on tour, including just last year," the band wrote. "We see all of the people affected by this horrible tragedy as part of our Blink-182 family." The relief effort came on the heels of a fundraising drive to the aid the survivors of Hurricane Sandy in late '12.

When things should have been going smoothly, DeLonge had a falling out with his bandmates. Hoppus and Barker issued a press release in early '15 saying DeLonge had left the group. DeLonge immediately countered claiming that he was still in Blink-182. A couple days later, he released a letter explaining his side of the story.

"Well, I've tried to make things work. I've tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don't even know," wrote DeLonge. "I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I'm not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work."

While taking some of the blame for the current situation DeLonge added, "At the end of the day, we've always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven't talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way."

On the heels of the announcement that Delonge was releasing "To The Stars - Demos, Odds And Ends," an LP that came directly from his 'personal stash', Barker stated that DeLonge's "indefinite" departure from Blink-182 should be definite. "I think the right thing for him to do would (be to) just man up and quit the band. I think that would give him some closure (so he could) really do what he's passionate about." Barker also asserted that Punk was just a 'phase' for the guitarist.

Less than two weeks later, Blink-182 performed their first show without DeLonge. In his place at the Roxy in West Hollywood was Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.

With subsequent successful shows under their collective belt, Blink-182 began recording. "It's a good time, and everyone enjoys being here," noted Barker. "We're writing cool songs."

Following the release of the single, "Bored To Death," Blink 182's seventh studio album, "California," dropped as the group embarked on a supporting tour.

The album went to #1 in the U.S. and U.K. The group's first set to feature Skiba was also their first to top the British chart.

With the tour completed, Barker popped up again, this time with his daughter Alabama. They were featured in a '17 PETA ad titled "Never Be Silent" and spoke about being vegan/vegetarian and their love for animals.

Days later, DeLonge received the UFO Researcher of the Year award from the International UFO Congress for his work regarding extraterrestrial life.


Blink-182 Discography

Studio Albums:

1994 Cheshire Cat
1997 Dude Ranch
1999 Enema Of The State
2001 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
2003 Blink-182
2011 Neighborhoods
2012 Dogs Eating Dogs EP
2016 California

Charging in from the Alt. Rock/Punk side of the tracks, Blink-182's first two CDs "Dude Ranch" and "Cheshire Cat" are good with "Dude Ranch" being the better of the two. The group continued to improve with each studio outing. There have been dozens of songs about the trials and tribulations of being a teen. Aging Rockers even managed to come up with songs about being an adult. But "What's My Age Again" is the only song to nail the twenty-three year old male experience. The lyrics have a humorous edge. The song Rocks. "My friends say I should act my age. What's my age again?" Perfect.

"Enema Of The State" with "All The Small Things," "Adam's Song" and the inescapable "What's My Age Again" tops the short list.

The guitar, bass and drums line-up offers lean, economic Rock. When these groups play live there is an opportunity for extended jams. The whole point of recording a live performance is to embellish the studio versions and perhaps add new material. "The Mark, Tom And Travis Show" doesn't do that. What separates this from their studio work is the extensive stage banter and toss-off bits featuring scatological humor. The good news is Blink-182 can play live. They Rock through their repertoire at two California shows recorded in late '99. They definitely have the vocal and instrumental chops to deliver the goods.

The CD's sole purpose is to present Blink-182 as a fun-loving, rebellious, party band.


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