The pop punk band Blink-182 — known for its bathroom humor and sticky hooks — signed to MCA Records in 1996, and in 1997 exploded internationally with the multi-platinum selling Dude Ranch. Boiling over with ridiculously catchy choruses and frenzied power riffs, the trio’s locker room tales of girls, sex, dating, alcohol and parents became the roadmap for a flood of punk bands to follow in their wake. In 1999 the band released Enema of the State, which went on to sell a staggering 10 million copies.
A mosh pit of Cheap Trick, Ramones and Iron Maiden, Blink-182’s music is a chain reaction of pop and punk rock testosterone fused with old school heavy metal, producing a digestible version of punk rock even girls could like! Founding member/bassist Mark Hoppus leverages these influences, working them into the band’s enthusiastic full metal racket.