A blagger’s guide to Blink-182
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This week, it’s all about Blink-182’s return to the studio. But while a lot of people are excited about what the band are going to be coming up with next, some of you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

That’s where we come in. If you want to join in all the nineties/noughties-revival hype with your mates, here’s your essential guide to everything you need to know about Blink.

Who are they?

Often thought of as a key part in the development of the pop-punk era, Blink-182 emerged in the early 90s with a rousing mixture of pop melodies and musing lyrics with a punk-rock twist. They came from San Diego, California, and took the punk-pop evolution to another level.

They’re a bit like the Jackass of the music world, with their inclination to practical jokes and their comical videos – one of the main reasons why people love them. Their videos match up to the humour and uplifting nature of their songs, sometimes leaving very little to the imagination.

Blink-182 have been one of the most influential and adored pop-punk bands of the last two decades, and when the band split in 2005 fans and fellow bands alike were left truly disheartened.

But now they’re back. They’re not the kind of band that can go out of fashion easily and it appears, so far, that they’re not too old for it all yet.

Mark Hoppus has been teasing his Twitter followers with pictures of production paraphernalia for the last few months and finally, last week, he told Billboard the band are heading back to the studio in August.

What’s the story?

Their past is a little complicated, and we don’t want you mixing up current members and the members that started out, so here’s a few vital parts of information…

It all started with Mark Hoppus (who is now the only original member left), Tom DeLonge and Scott Raynor, until 1998 when Raynor was fired by the other two Blink boys for personal reasons. Travis Barker took over the drums until the band took a five year break in 2005. During the hiatus, Hoppus and Barker formed electronic-punk-pop-rock band, +44, and DeLonge became lead vocalist of Angels and Airwaves. In 2010, they regrouped and released their latest album, Neighborhoods in 2011.

Since then, the band toured on and off and headlined Leeds and Reading Festival in 2014, but they haven’t produced any new stuff since 2012 – and that’s why everyones getting a little bit excited. DeLonge left the band for the second time in January ’15, making Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Matt Skiba (DeLonge’s replacement) as the current standing Blinkers.

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Who are they for?

Fans of Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte and Red Hot Chili Peppers will take quite a liking to Blink-182, and anyone who likes punk, pop and rock will enjoy their music. A sense of humour won’t go amiss either.

Their sound is fitting for people who like to have fun, listen to upbeat, exciting songs, but who may also like to have a little cry now and again (‘Miss You’ is a real tear jerker). Although they like to have a joke, sing silly songs and play around with their videos, many of their songs also have a meaningful and heart-felt sentiment to them, with affecting lyrics about growing up, falling in love, falling out of love and being young.

Why should I care?

While many people have had a sentimental soft-spot for Blink-182 since their early days, newcomers should care because the band were prominent advocates of the pop-punk development, helping the genre to become popular and mainstream like it never had before.

Their sound was new, experimental and unique, and they were renowned for their lively, animated gigs. Their 1999 album, Enema of the State, became one of the most successful albums of the pop-punk genre in the ’90s, and along with it came a new wave of pop-punk lovers and creators alike.

As one of the most influential bands of the ’90s and noughties, Blink-182 have grown to become some of the most excellent songwriters, and if you brew that with great musical talent, you’ve got one of the best bands of all time.

They are just plain awesome.

Which songs should I listen to so I’m clued up?

Blink-182 have loads of popular tracks from their six superb albums, but I’d recommend a short YouTube sesh to get you on board with their music.

Voila:

‘I Miss You’ (Untitled, 2003)

‘All The Small Things’ (Enema of the State, 1999)

‘Dammit’ (Dude Ranch, 1997)

‘The Rock Show’ (Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, 2001)

‘First Date’ (Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, 2001)

‘What’s My Age Again?’ (Enema of the State, 1999)

What’s my key blagger’s phrase?

“‘Miss You’ is my break-up song. It really speaks to me on an emotional level”

“Blink-182 defined my childhood, dude”

“What’s my age again?”

“I wonder if Tom DeLonge will come back?”

“I just love Mark Hoppus”