Also known as
National Blink-182 Day
the 182nd day of the year
Pop-punk band blink-182 is celebrated today, on this 182nd day of the year. The day began after bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus put out a tweet declaring it. Formed in the San Diego suburb or Poway and initially called Blink, the band's original lineup consisted of Hoppus, guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge, and drummer Scott Raynor. They were influenced by bands like the Descendents, NOFX, Green Day, and Bad Religion.
Blink's first release, the EP Fly Swatter, was put out in 1993. It was followed by the full-length Buddha in 1994, and Cheshire Cat in 1995. The band then changed their name to blink-182. They joined the 1996-1997 Warped Tour, and their music began appearing in many surf and skateboard videos. Dude Ranch was jointly released by Cargo and MCA in 1997, and went platinum in 1998, driven by the single, "Dammit (Growing Up)."
Following on the footsteps of the success of another pop-punk band, Green Day, and coinciding with the popularity of pop punk in the late nineties in general, blink-182's next album, Enema of the State, appeared exclusively on MCA and was released in 1999 to huge success. It included the hit singles, "What's My Age Again?" "All the Small Things," and "Adam's Song." These songs, which also had popular MTV music videos that accompanied them, brought the band to stardom. It was with this album that the band also had a personnel change, with Travis Barker, formerly of the Aquabats, coming in on drums.
The following year, the band released the live album, The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!). Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was released in 2001, and became their first number one album in the United States. Their self-titled 2003 album was released on Geffen and included hits such as "All of This" and "I Miss You." In February 2005, the band announced they would go on "indefinite hiatus."
By this time, the band was seen as an influence on newer pop-punk bands like New Found Glory and Fall Out Boy. Members began working on various side projects and business pursuits. Tom DeLonge formed the band Angels & Airwaves, as well as Macbeth Clothing. Mark Hoppus formed the band +44 with Travis Barker, focused on Atticus Clothing, worked as a producer, and hosted podcasts. Besides playing in +44, Barker played in the Transplants with Tim Armstrong of Rancid and focused on his clothing line, Famous Stars and Straps. In September 2008, Barker was injured in a plane crash—which killed some of his fellow passengers—and took almost a year to recover physically. He also continued to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
In the wake of this, the band reunited in 2009. They released their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods, in 2011. This was followed by an EP titled Dog Eating Dogs. In 2015, DeLonge left the band, and Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio was brought in on guitar. The new lineup released California in the summer of 2016. As of 2019, this new lineup of the band continues. On the 182nd day of the year, we celebrate blink-182 and all of the music they have given us during the past decades!
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by listening to blink-182! Maybe you could start at the beginning of their discography, or perhaps you could work your way backward. Maybe blink-182 is even playing a show near you today!