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History of Blink 182
The three San Diego area natives that make up the original lineup of Blink-182 (Mark Hoppus, bass/vocals; Tom Delonge, guitar/vocals; Scott Raynor, drums) take delight in sharing the intimate details of how they met in 1993 and decided to form a band. The boys claim that they met at an annual Future Proctologists of America camping trip. Gathered around the campfire, these disturbed kids recognized in one another the same love for songs involving girls, friends, life and chronic diarrhea. They say that after a short-lived turn as "El Cuatro and the Cajones," a mariachi band available for weddings, birthdays and ritual circumcisions, they put aside their sombreros and plugged in their amps, hoping to spread their goodwill, positive attitude and fondness for toilet humor throughout the world.
Their evolution to Blink-182 was a good idea. They have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia with bands such Pennywise and NOFX. Their hard-driving, thrash sound, suitable for surfing, skating and snowboarding scenes, has been included on Taylor Steele's surf video tours and on the 1996 and 1997 Warped Tour.
Blink-182 released their first full-length album, Cheshire Cat, on Grilled Cheese (a division of Cargo Music), in 1995. Later that year they released Map of the Universe on Lime/Parloplan. In 1996, they signed a joint venture record deal with Cargo Music and MCA Records.
With 1997's Dude Ranch, a new dose of hardcore thrash music, Blink-182 set out to conquer the hearts and souls of America, the world and eventually Uranus (how they like that butt humor).
In 1998, original drummer Scott Raynor left the band and was replaced by Travis Barker. The new lineup appeared on Enema of the State, which hit record store shelves in the summer of 1999.
A live album, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show, was released in late fall 2000, followed by Take Off Your Pants and Jacket in June 2001.