that has gone through some changes. Originally a skate punk
band, they have transitioned into pop punk
. It really shouldn't be a surprise to anybody that has listened to all their albums. They have been heading that way for a while. Many people claim they have sold out
, others claim they have half-sold out
. IMHO I think they fight it by keeping true to their insane antics, but their music has lost most of its punkness. (Is that a word?)
The bands name was originally Blink, until it was brought to their attention that there was already a band named Blink. They got threatened with a lawsuit. At this point they added 182 onto their name. Why 182? Possible reasons:
- Mark's ideal weight
- the case number for when Blink-182 raped their neighbor's horse
- the number of times Mark has masturbated (lube) to the paused image of Princess Leia in the Jabba slave girl outfit
- the number of times Tom has masturbated (dryskin) to the image of the puppeteer dwarf inside Jabba's tail
- the number of talk shows Scott watched this last summer involving club kids
- Stolen from the movie Turk 182
- If you add 1 and 8 together, you get 9. If you subtract 2 from 8, you get 6. Reverse them and you get 69
- A story as told by Mark: "My grandfater was on a destroyer in WWII, and a Japanese zero kamakazi'd it, and it sank. My grandfather and five other men got to a liferaft whose number was 182. They survived at sea for ten days until they were rescued. They were the only ones who survived, becuase of the lifeboat, and they all got tattoos of the number 182 on their arms."
- not to mention various stories of "how many times so and so says fuck in some gangster movie", a common example involves Al Pacino in Scareface
To quote the band "Who the fuck knows?
" The band has perpetrated some of the myths and added fuel to the fire of others, but in the end the real reason is that there is no reason. This may be complete rumor, but according to one web site, that I can't find right now, the boys originally formed a mariachi band
called El Cuatro and the Cajones
In my personal opinion Dude Ranch and Cheshire Cat are their best albums, I can't decide between the two. There are some really great songs on both. Dude Ranch is what brought my attention to this band, but it also brought the attention of major labels. My personal favorite song is Josie off Dude Ranch.
I went to see these guys for the my second time at the Kiel Center here in St. Louis after Enema of the State was released. I had lousy seats. They weren't serving beer. Fenix TX opened. Bad Religion played second (I don't think 2/3 of the people there listened to them, maybe half didn't even know who they were until they played 21st Century Digital Boy, but they rocked, and I enjoyed it). Blink 182 played all their songs fast and punk-like. I think it left many johnny-come-lately fans stunned. At 26 I think I would have been the oldest person there for the music (as opposed to being brought by their kids) except one of my friends with me was 32. I also think many people were stunned by Blink 182's antics. For the price of one ticket to this show I got four to a Less Than Jake show. Bad Religion almost made it worth the cost.
A question: Has anyone ever heard Travis talk?
- The band:
- Tom Delonge - guitar, vocals
- Mark Hoppus - bass, vocals
- Scott Raynor - drums (1993 - 1999?) (left after Dude Ranch)
- Travis Barker - drums (1999? - ) (formally of The Aquabats)
- Budda -- Kung Fu Records (1994)
- Cheshire Cat -- Cargo Records (1995)
- Dude Ranch -- Cargo Records (1997)
- Enema of the State -- MCA Records (1999)
- Dick Lips -- Grilled Cheese Records (1998)
- Wasting Time -- Rapido Records (1996)
- Fly Swatter -- self-released (1993) under the name Blink
info gathered from allmusic.com, the blink web site, fan sites, and me.
The list of false reasons for 182 is from http://www.angelfire.com/sd/caitlinj2/, but I already knew all, but two.
A word about the sheer stupidity of these guys and their antics. Do we have to be serious all the time? Nope. These guys are what happens when movies like Dumb and Dumber are popular. Is there anything wrong with that? No. As long as a person stays balanced why can't they let go and get stupid sometimes? (Ok so I'm just defending/rationalizing why I like these guys, I'll shutup now)