“Life is too short to last long.” – Blink-182
One of the most influential pop punk bands in history, Blink-182 has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and has been referred to as the “contemporary punk’s version of The Beatles.”
Here are a few things you might not know about Blink-182.
46. The Name Game
The original trio of Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Scott Raynor went by the names Duck Tape and Figure 8 before finally settling on Blink.
45. Blinking Contest
Their original band name was Blink, but an Irish band with the same name threatened them with a lawsuit. Perhaps Blink-1 through Blink-181 were taken?
44. Number Theory
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. We’d like to think that it’s the number of times Tom DeLonge was abducted by aliens.
43. He Wasn’t Impressed
Once, while trying to impress Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus fell from a lamppost and cracked his ankles, an injury that put him in crutches for three weeks.
42. Demos before Dem Hos
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, which, history has shown, was probably the right move.
41. ET is Real
Blink-182 founder Tom DeLonge is a strong believer in alien life as evidenced by the song “Aliens Exist” which, as titles go, is pretty on-the-nose.
40. Taking Too Many Shots
DeLonge was expelled from high school after he was caught drinking at a basketball game, but it was through the new school he was forced to attend that he met Scott Raynor and later Mark Hoppus.
Tom DeLongue, Highschool photo.
39. Just Say No
In their early days, DeLonge would call up local high schools and try to convince them that Blink was a “motivational band with a strong antidrug message” in hopes of scoring a gig during an assembly or lunch.
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