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Blink-182's beginnings can be traced to the fall of 1991, when the sister of
Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals) introduced him to then-14-year-old Tom DeLonge
(guitar, vocals). The son of high-tech weapons engineer, Hoppus had an early
childhood characterized by constant relocation and world travel necessitated by
his father's occupation. By the late '80s, the family had settled in San Diego,
Raised in an upper-middle class home just outside San Diego, DeLonge worked a
job lifting and loading concrete bags at construction sites prior to meeting
Hoppus. With the addition of aspiring drummer Scott Raynor, the first
incarnation of Blink-182
Less than a year later, Blink came to the attention of Cargo Records, who signed the band to a one-album deal. The group's 1995 effort for the label, Cheshire Cat, was pedestrian at best, but there was no denying the band's growing popularity as a live act. Impressed by Blink's rabid following in Australia, MCA signed the group in 1996. After a slight modification to its band name (a nondescript Irish band already had dibs on "Blink," and it threatened to sue), the newly christened Blink-182 released its major label debut, Dude Ranch, the following year. The album quickly achieved platinum sales in Australia, while reaching gold status in Canada and the U.S.
On the strength of heavy radio play and incessant touring, Blink-182 soon garnered a stateside following that was comparable to its popularity Down Under. During 1997, "Dammit (Growing Up)," the first single from Dude Ranch, became one of the five most-played songs at key radio stations KROQ (L.A.), KNDD (Seattle), WXRK (New York), KITS (San Francisco), and WBCN (Boston). Moreover, the band began assuming headline status on the annual Warped Tours and undertook lengthy stints overseas with Fellow skate-punkers Unwritten Law and Homegrown (on the "Poo-poo Pee-pee Tour") and with Less Than Jake (on a tour dubbed "Race Around Uranus").
In January of 1999, Blink-182 returned to San Diego and began work on the
follow-up to Dude Ranch. By that time, Raynor had left the band (the
departure was amicable, according to Hoppus), to be replaced by former Aquabats
drummer and Steely Dan acolyte Travis Barker. Released in June of 1999,
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Enema Of The State solidified the group's status as punkers to be reckoned with. Evidencing its predilection for silly puns and juvenile obsessions, the band centered the video for the first single from the album, "What's My Age Again?" on a naked romp through the streets of San Diego. Moreover, the group enlisted porn star "Janine" to grace the album cover in a nurse-bondage get-up.
As Enema of the State ascended the charts, a flurry of backlash began
cropping up in press articles. In the wake of an assertion
It would seem that future film and TV work is almost a certainty
consider yourselves warned.