mainstream explosion of pop-punk. At a time when competition with teen pop and nu-metal were not unheard of,
released a steady stream of hits, bolstered by humorous, tongue-in-cheek music videos that were popular in the waning days of MTV's musical programming. The band formed in the suburbs of San Diego, California around guitarist/vocalist
. Originally known as simply
, the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP, Fly Swatter. After releasing the album
the following year. The threat of a lawsuit from a similarly named Irish band forced them to change their name to
, but that did not slow them down: the group earned a higher profile by touring the world with
on the 1996-1997 Warped Tour, in addition to appearing on innumerable skate/surf/snowboarding videos.
The third blink-182
LP, Dude Ranch
, was jointly released in 1997 by Cargo and MCA. Dude Ranch
expanded the group's audience and went platinum by the end of 1998, due in part to the popularity of the infectious teen anthem "Dammit (Growing Up)." The group also officially signed with MCA, which released the band's fourth album, Enema of the State
, in the summer of 1999. The album, produced by Jerry Finn
), also welcomed a new member into the trio's ranks; Travis Barker
, formerly with the Aquabats
, settled in on drums after Raynor
left midway through a 1998 U.S. tour. Enema
was greeted with almost immediate success, and helped the band achieve the mainstream status of toilet-humored pop-punk kings that Dude Ranch
had only hinted at. Driven by the commercially successful singles "What's My Age Again?," "All the Small Things," and "Adam's Song," music videos for the three songs (whose clips included themes of streaking and boy band spoofs) were MTV smashes as well.
After selling over four million copies of Enema of the State
, the trio played on with the limited-edition release The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)
in fall 2000. The album featured their radio hits in a live setting, intertwined with their quirky sense of humor as well as the new song "Man Overboard." Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
, issued in spring 2001, saw the band return to its SoCal punk rock roots. Maturity, of a sort, came with 2003's self-titled album, released on Geffen. Not only did the album sport a song ("All of This") that featured Robert Smith
of the Cure
, but "I Miss You" also topped the modern rock charts in 2005. In February 2005, however, popular as ever and seemingly indestructible, blink-182
unexpectedly announced they would be going on an "indefinite hiatus," supposedly to spend more time with their growing families. Asking fans for help in selecting tracks, the group issued Greatest Hits
The bandmembers also continued on with other projects. Barker
-- who had previously released an album with DeLonge
as Boxcar Racer
-- continued playing with the Transplants
and running his clothing company, Famous Stars and Straps. His family was also spotlighted in the MTV reality show Meet the Barkers
carried on with his Atticus fashion venture and began producing -- starting with Motion City Soundtrack
's Commit This to Memory
-- and hosting his own podcasts. He further began work with Barker
in a new band, Plus 44
also continued work with his lifestyle clothing company, Macbeth, and formally announced his new project, Angels and Airwaves
, that fall.
While still on hiatus in 2008, the group endured a handful of personal setbacks including the death of longtime producer Jerry Finn
, who suffered a brain hemorrhage and subsequent heart attack, eventually going off life support and passing away that August. Then in September, both Barker
and frequent collaborator DJ AM were seriously injured in a plane crash in which both pilots and two of Barker
's associates died. It ultimately took 11 months for Barker
to fully recover from his injuries and led to the drummer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The crash prompted Hoppus
to reconnect with the drummer in support of his recovery, and in 2009 blink-182
announced that they were reuniting, hitting the road with Weezer for their reunion tour. They went into the studio later that year and began laying down the groundwork for a new album, which would be plagued by delays until 2011, when they were eventually able to release their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods.
Despite growing evidence of friction within the band, blink-182
toured throughout much of the rest of 2011, joining My Chemical Romance, Rancid
, and Against Me! on the tenth annual Honda Civic Tour. A 20th anniversary tour found the group members appearing together again in 2012. Later that year, blink-182
parted with Interscope, a transition they marked with the release of their self-produced Dog Eating Dogs EP.
Following a string of sold-out dates in Los Angeles in 2013, as well as headlining appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2014, blink-182
began discussions concerning a follow-up to Neighborhoods. However, in January 2015, Hoppus
were quoted in Rolling Stone
saying that DeLonge
had left the band and announcing the possibility that Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba would fill in for the guitarist at future shows. DeLonge
then quickly responded via Facebook that he had not quit blink-182
, and that any decision for the band to move forward was made without him. In the end, Skiba officially joined blink-182
and the band entered the studio at the end of the year to begin recording new songs.