Blink-182, also known to everyone else as Blink-182 or blink-182 if you want to be exact, is a three-piece pop-punk band from Poway, California. The band was formed in 1992 by Tom DeLonge (vocals/guitar), Mark Hoppus (vocals/bass) and Scott Raynor (drums). Raynor left the band in 1998, to be replaced by the semi-legendary Travis Barker (the guy with the tattoos who survived that plane crash). DeLonge left the group early in 2005, putting the band on hiatus until 2009, when they got back together "for real", according to them (due to Travis surviving said plane crash). They celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2012, released their latest EP, Dogs Eating Dogs in December of that year, and are set to work on a new album in 2013. Their current sound is a mixture of the traditional blink sound and various elements of the groups they formed during their hiatus.Blink-182 are also known for their gross-out sense of humour, which they use for stage banter, and occasionally gets used for songs.Tom DeLonge states that his influences are Screeching Weasel, Descendents, The Cure, and NOFX. Mark's influences are similar, and Travis's influences in drumming come from hip-hop.
Anti Christmas Song: "I Won't Be Home For Christmas", "Happy Holidays, You Bastard", "Boxing Day"
A Wild Rapper Appears: Yelawolf shows up at the end of "Pretty Little Girl". While he's good friends with Travis and partnered up with him for their Psychowhite side project, this makes it only the second time a blink song had guest vocals.
Man Overboard was banished into discontinuity when fans started asking if the mean spirited Take That was about Scott Rayner, their previous drummer. However, it's now back in their live set as of 2011.
Darker and Edgier: Started to head this way with the self-titled album and dove right in after they reunited with Neighborhoods as they had gone through a significant amount of turmoil throughout the hiatus, especially with the death of their long time producer Jerry Finn and the near death of Travis.
They intended on including a few more Lighter and Softer songs on Neighborhoods with the humor that people came to expect from the band, but concerns of Mood Dissonance and not having the time to put them on led them to be shelved for the time being. Apparently their next studio album might have a song with an entire chorus about dicks.
Dying Alone: In "Adam's Song", the lyrics twice mention the words, "I never thought I'd die alone."
Fading into the Next Song: On Enema of the State, "Going Away to College" fades into "What's My Age Again?". Makes sense, as the two songs are thematically connected (the former has the singer growing up, moving on, and going off to college, apparently leaving his girlfriend back in high school; the latter is about a Man Child who continues to pull childish shenanigans at age 23 and coming to terms with the fact that people are tired of dealing with his act).
Goodbye Cruel World: Subverted in "Adam's Song". While the song comes off as this at first, it ends on a much lighter note. Word Of God says that the song is about loneliness in general, not suicide. Tom, however, says that it is about suicide. It also doesn't help that Columbine Massacre survivor Greg Barnes killed himself while this song was on indefinite repeat. So there's that.
New Sound Album: "Neighborhoods" brings in elements of Angels & Airwaves, +44, and Boxcar Racer, along with a lack of the juvenile content the band is known for. Understandable, considering what they've been through since 2005, but the fanbase reaction is inevitable.
Their self-titled album, that came before the hiatus, was also noticeably different from the rest of the blink-182 catalogue, with a more somber and introspective tone, almost to the point of being a Trope Codifier of Emo as we know it.
The Dogs Eating Dogs EP goes like this: Neighborhoods styled song, oldschoolish blink song, (practically) an AVA song, a folk song, and another Neighborhoods song with rap guest vocals at the end. People who weren't pleased with the direction blink has been going still aren't pleased now, but otherwise, the reception has been refreshingly positive.
Noodle Incident: Scott Rayner's departure from the band. Tom and Mark refuse to talk about it at all, nor has Scott. The most popular theories are: Mark had Scott fired due to an alleged drinking problem, Scott bailing because he wanted nothing to do with the band "selling out" with a more commercialized direction, and him being utterly unprepared with fame and the lengthy tours that the band would be going on to promote their music and basically bowed out on his own free will.
Man Overboard is widely seen as Blink 182's "response" to the departure of Rayner, even though the band denies it. Of course, they refuse to say WHO the song is about and continue to refuse to talk about why Rayner quit.
Old Shame: Whilst there's no indication any members of the band feel this way, Tom joked on the Enema of the State II DVD, that he can never do anything like run for political office, because the stuff he's gotten up to as a member of Blink 182 would provide easy ammo to destroy his campaigns.
Some of their reactions to their older material can be seen as a mild version this. Being pigeonholed as a joke band/simply a pop-punk band made it considerably more difficult to be taken seriously by a lot of their fans and the media when they tried branching out on later albums and their side projects.
"Aliens Exist" has been reworked with new lyrics so that it's now about a closeted gay teenager comparing his secret sexuality to the notion of the government covering up the existence of aliens.
"What's My Age Again" has lyric changes: "hell" is replaced with "fuck" and Mark, instead of singing "What's My Age Again" as part of the chorus, will occasionally sing "Where's My Asian Friend".
"Going Away To College", when performed live, has Mark name-dropping his wife's name in the chorus, to make the song a love ballad from him to her.
"Dammit" is considerably changed in live form: Tom now sings the chorus instead of Mark and the band sticks in verses from other songs during the instrumental break right before the final repeating of the chorus.
Self-Backing Vocalist: Usually averted - if the song is Tom's, he sang it and Mark provided the backing vocal; if the song is Mark's, the opposite happened; there are some occasional duets too, but the rule remains for the person who's not the "main" on that particular section (verse/chorus/bridge). Exceptions include "What's My Age Again?", "On-line Songs" and "Feeling This", all of which, at some point, have Mark's lead (sometimes double-tracked), Tom's backing and another harmony vocal by Mark.
Self-Deprecation: Mostly by Tom: "we're professionals at what we do - we professionally suck!"
If their merch is to be believed, their genre is "crappy punk rock".
The title is also a reference to a Mr Show sketch, wherein the metal band Titannica writes a song called "Adam's Song (Try Again)," with the intent of getting a young fan to kill himself so they won't have to take him on tour with them. It Makes Sense in Context.
Spiritual Successor: Travis and Mark's short-lived band +44 (formed soon after blink's breakup) was supposed to be this. It's a stark contrast to Tom's post-blink band Angels & Airwaves, which has a completely different style. Though it's now a moot point, since the band eventually got back together.
Take That: According to Tom and Mark, "Man Overboard" isn't about Scott Rayner, the band's original drummer who left the band under mysterious circumstances and deny that the song is a mean-spirited attack against Scott (the song is about an unnamed drunken friend who Mark is glad is not around anymore and one of the rumors about why Scott Rayner left the band was that he had a drunken problem that caused Mark and Tom to fire him over). But the band won't say who the song is about and moreso, they had refused to even play it live up until their 2011 shows due to people repeatedly asking whether it was about Rayner.
Several of their shorter, ruder songs, such as "Happy Holidays, You Bastard" and the misleadingly-titled "Family Reunion", whose lyrics consist entirely of the expanded version of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words.
They also seem to enjoy yelling things of varying obscenity, like "Fuck Oprah!" and "Orgasm!", right before starting a song live.