An Influential Band

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Blink 182 is one of the greatest bands in the history. They are a pop-punk/alternative rock type of band. This band has a very good chemistry. That is why they become successful. They are the music sensation since the 90’s. A lot of band in the punk rock era said that they are also influenced by Blink-182. Of course, almost every band was inspired and influenced by The Beatles, The Police, and etc. But talking about in our era, Blink-182 is one of the best.

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The band consists of three members, Travis Barker as the drummer, Tom DeLonge as the vocalist/guitarist and Mark Hoppus as the vocalist/bassist. Before Travis Barker, Scott Raynor was the first drummer of Blink-182. He was removed in 1998 because of his drinking habitat.

But, how did the members become a band? I mean, how did they meet? Well, after being expelled from Poway High School, Tom DeLonge attended Rancho Bernardo High School where he became friends with Anne Hoppus. DeLonge often expressed wanting to be in a band, so in August 1992 Anne introduced him to her brother Mark Hoppus, who also wanted to be in a band. The two played for hours in DeLonge’s garage, showing each other songs they had previously written, and writing new songs together. One of these songs would eventually become what is now “Carousel”. That night the two decided they needed to officially start a band, so DeLonge recruited friend Scott Raynor, who he had met at his school’s Battle of the Bands competition. The three began playing together and called themselves Duck Tape, until DeLonge thought of the name Blink. Before Raynor was removed in the band, they made a bunch of albums. Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch, and Enema of the State were the albums made. But, in the album Dude Ranch and Enema of the State, there were songs where Travis Barker was the drummer already and co-writes songs.

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(From left to right, Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch and Enema of the State)

When Travis Barker was the drummer of Blink-182, it was the final line-up of the band. Currently, they have seven albums. These are Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Blink-182, Neighborhoods, and Dogs Eating Dogs.

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(From left to right, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Blink-182, Neighborhoods, and Dogs Eating Dogs.)

Before they made the album Neighborhoods, they had an indefinite hiatus. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker still played together in a different band called Plus 44 (+44). Tom DeLonge was also in a different band called Angels and Airwaves. And, both bands become a music sensation also. And, some of their songs were in a movie. Especially in American Pie, the song Mutt was a part of the soundtrack. They also became a part of the movie.

The good thing in Blink-182 is that they make songs in a very good quality in sense of music and a lot of meaning in sense of lyrics. My favourite song by them is Adam’s Song. The song is very meaningful and very good. It is all against depression and suicide. There is a part of the song which referred to the song Come as You Are by Nirvana. In the song of Nirvana, “Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don’t be late.” In the song of Blink-182, “I took my time, I hurried up, the choice was mine, I didn’t think enough.” If you listen to it, at first impression you’ll think that it’s all about love. But, when you listen to over and over again, you’ll understand the real meaning of it. Just to know what the bands lyrical themes are, they make songs about love, family, friends, and relationships. It may be a happy one or a sad one.

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That is why I really liked Blink-182. They make music not for money but because of passion and expressing what they want to express. Some will say that there music is boring because the generation today want bands that makes sound very complicated. For example, metal core, heavy metal and metal. But for me, it is not always about the sound, it is all about the music and lyrics.

Well, I may be a metal head but I chose bands which makes good music and lyrics. Some say that I have a good taste in music. It is all because of my childhood. During my childhood days, my brothers bought an album of Blink-182 and started playing it. I really liked there songs. They’re kind of catchy and good lyrics. All the bands that Blink-182 inspired and influenced are also the music I listen to. Well, not just Blink-182, I also listened to the oldies. The music in 70’s up to the 90’s. Today, that kind of music is called classic music or classics because they influenced the generation nowadays. I wish that Blink-182 will have a tour here in the Philippines. If it ever happens, I will surely watch it. It’s a dream come true for me to watch them live especially I’m with my best friends watching our favourite band.

Lazaro, Niccolo

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