Blink-182: 20 Facts You Might Not Know

Today’s 20 Facts topic is Blink-182. I remember being introduced to this band’s music back in 1999 when they released their Enema of the State album. Their singles off the album, “What’s My Age Again?”, “All The Small Things” and “Adam’s Song” was stuck in my head for most of that year, thanks to extensive airplay on SA’s radio stations. “Stay together for the kids” is definitely my favorite song by them, no question about that.

Here are 20 facts about Blink-182:

1. Blink 182 are pop punk / punk rock band and were formed in 1992 in Poway, California in the United States.

2. A popular theory is that the 182 in Blink-182 is the number of times the F-word is said in Scarface, but there’s a good chance it has no meaning whatsoever.

3. The current members of the band are Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Matt Skiba.

4. Mark Hoppus’ girlfriend was angry about how much time he was spending with the band and made him choose between the band or her. He left the band for a short time, but when he heard they were recording a demo tape, he broke up with his girlfriend and came back.


5. Scott Raynor and Tom DeLonge are former members of Blink-182.

6. Blink-182 founder Tom DeLonge is a strong believer in alien life as evidenced by the song “Aliens Exist”.

7. The band has had the most success at the Teen Choice Awards (winning three awards: Choice Rock Group in 2000, Best Rock Group in 2001 and Choice Love Song in 2004 for the song I Miss You).

8. Their song “Josie” was named after a neighbor’s dog.

9. “All The Small Things” received three nominations from the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000 for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video and Best Group Video, which it won.

10. After Blink-182 signed with MCA, they were criticized by the punk community for “selling out.” To date the band have sold more than 13 million albums in the USA and more than 50 million globally.

11. Blink-182 have particularly been cited for their influence on contemporary pop punk music. MTV News has declared “Without them, there’d be no Fall Out Boy, no Paramore, or no Fueled by Ramen Records.”

12. “Adam’s Song” is about a letter that Mark read from a kid before he commited suicide. Then he got the idea for the song.

13. The band’s original drummer, Scott Raynor, was fired in the middle of a 1998 tour because of his alcohol abuse.

14. Before Blink-182 and even before they were known as “Blink”, the original name for the band was “Duct Tape”. They changed the name since there was an Irish Pop band called “Blink” as well.

15. Mark Hoppus used to be only member of the band without tattoos. Now he has two wrist tattoos. One on each wrist representing his wife and daughter.

16. Blink-182 received $500,000 for their music video for “The Rock Show”.

17. Their song “What’s My Age Again?” was originally titled “Peter Pan Complex.”

18. Travis started his own clothing company called Famous Stars and Straps, and Mark started his own clothing company called Atticus along with Tom DeLonge. Tom also started his own company called Macbeth shoes.

19. Their first concert took place at a bar. Since they were underage, they were only allowed to enter when it was time for their set. No one came to see them and after only one song there were shut off. After the show, a man came up to Tom DeLonge, bought him a Snapple and said, “You deserve it.”

20. The nurse on the cover of their Enema of the State album was none other than pornstar Janine Lindemulder.

Well, there you have it, 20 facts about Blink-182. I must say that they’ve actually come a long way and have some form of new found respect for them. If you have other facts about this band, please comment on this post. Feedback is appreciated and welcome.

This is the music video for their song “What’s My Age Again?”

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  1. Jono

    -Tom said that the band’s official name is blink-182 (without capitals and with a line between blink and 182). However, he also said that it doesn’t matter how you spell it because they “misspelled” their name in several disks.

    -Enema of the State was going to be called Turn your Head and Cough, Viking Wizard Eyes, Wizard Full Of Lies (written in white on the inside spine of the album cover), or Blink-182: Electric Bugaloo.

    -Travis was “Baron von Tito” when he was in the ska band, The Aquabats.

    -At the start of the video for, “Josie” Mark takes his lunch and kisses his real mother.

    -“Flyswatter” was a demo cassette tape and was never officially released – only 200 tapes were recorded. Since it’s a demo album it isn’t clear when it was recorded: 1992 or 1993.

    -If you listen to the song, “Reckless Abandon” with the left earphone only, you can hear people talking in the first 20 seconds or so.

    -Mark’s sister Anne wrote Blink-182’s biography entitled, “Tales From Beneath Your Mom”.

    -The song, “Feeling This” was first thought of by having Mark and Tom separated into two different rooms without talking to each other. When they got out, they realised they had both written about sex. The song came out with two versions of sex in it. The lustful side and the romantic side.

    -The song, “My Pet Sally” was meant for an old friend of Tom who used to work at his old -high school as a security guard and her name was Sally.

    -The song “What’s my Age Again?” was originally going to be called Peter Pan Complex but they where afraid people wouldn’t get it. Also, at 1 minute and 49 seconds into the song, you can hear Mark say in the backround “Stay with me, Wendy”.

    -The song, “Apple Shampoo” is about Mark’s ex-girlfriend who used apple shampoo.

    -The videos, “All the Small Things”, “Man Overboard” and, “What’s My Age Again?” feature the Banana Man.

    -Their first concert took place at a bar. Since they were underage, they were only allowed to enter when it was time for their set. No one came to see them, after only one song Blink was shut off. After the show, a man came up to Tom, bought him a Snapple and said, “You deserve it.”

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