Blink 182 has been playing tongue-in-cheek pop punk since 1994. To date, the band has released six full-length albums, each album more mature than the last. Though they had moderate success with their first and second album, the band really took off after the 1999 release of Enema of the State. The trio of Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals), Tom DeLonge (guitar, vocals) and Travis Barker (drums) went on to sell millions of records and play to millions of fans live across the globe. Though they have been in and out of hiatus for the last 10 years, Blink 182 still manages to be one of the most influential bands in recent pop-punk history. Read on to learn more about the band, and keep an eye out for part two.
Number Fifteen: Tom DeLonge Left the Band in 2015. This is actually the second time DeLonge left Blink 182. The band first broke up in 2005 but reunited in 2009. However, after announcing that they were going to start work on another album in 2015, Hoppus relates that DeLonge had his manager inform the others that he was indefinitely leaving the group to pursue other interests. DeLonge tells a different story, saying that he was forced to quit the band.
Number 14: They are Currently Working with Matt Skiba in His Stead. For a while, the Alkaline Trio vocalist and guitarist was just “filling in” for DeLonge, but is now being considered a full-fledged member. Hoppus, Skiba and Barker are currently in the studio working on Blink 182’s seventh album.
Number Thirteen: Hoppus Had His Own Television Show. Hoppus On Music aired on the FUSE network from 2010 until 2012. Co-hosted by then up-and-coming comedienne Amy Schumer, the show focused on music news and interviews with a comedic twist, as well as live performances from both established and up-and-coming bands.
Number Twelve: Barker Almost Died. In 2008, Barker and collaborator DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) were involved in a chartered plane crash that would take the lives of the two pilots, their security guard and their friend. Barker and Goldstein would walk away with second and third degree burns and post-traumatic stress disorder. Goldstein overdosed on a mix of his prescription drugs and cocaine a year later, leaving Barker the sole survivor of the crash. The crash may also have been one part of the reason Blink 182 got back together in 2009.
Number Eleven: Side Projects. During Blink 182’s hiatus, all three members of the band kept busy. Hoppus and Barker started another band called +44, which released one album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, in 2006. Hoppus also continued to produce albums for other bands, including Motion City Soundtrack second and most popular album, Commit This to Memory. Besides his collaboration with DJ AM, Barker also played drums for The Transplants, featuring Rancid’s Tim Armstrong on vocals. Tom DeLonge went on to form Angels & Airwaves in 2005 with Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin.
Number Ten: Barker is Not the Band’s Original Drummer. The man behind the drums on Blink 182’s first two albums, Cheshire Cat (1995) and Dude Ranch (1997), was Scott Raynor. Following an argument during a winter tour, Raynor left the band and they took on Barker, who was playing with ska-punk superheroes The Aquabats at the time. Barker’s first album with Blink 182 was 1999’s Enema of the State.
Number Nine: They Don’t Take Themselves Seriously. At least not in their music videos, anyway. Blink 182’s video for “What’s My Age Again” features the band running around a town completely naked, and their video for “All the Small Things” parodies almost every pop video put out in 1998, including their own “What’s My Age Again.” Watch out for part two of our list of 15 interesting facts about Blink 182, coming soon.