American punk rock band Blink-182 started gaining popularity thanks to its optimistic and humoristic lyrics, which were combined with rhythmic music and simple melodies. The band’s history goes back to the 1990s. Initially, the musicians called the group Duck Tape but then changed it to Blink. The numbers don’t mean anything. They were chosen randomly and had to be added because there was already an Irish band with the same name, which wanted to sue Blink after the release of the debut LP.
The group’s founder was Tom DeLonge. When he was a teenager, Tom was expelled from school for drinking alcoholic beverages at a basketball game. His parents sent DeLonge to another school, where he met Ann Hoppus. They became friends. The girl introduced Tom to Mark Hoppus.
Tom and Mark formed their own band and invited a drummer Scott Raynor, who was just 14 years old at the time. The three of them worked together until the end of the 1990s. At the peak of the band’s popularity, Raynor had to leave the band due to problems with alcohol. The musicians had to look for a new drummer. They soon found Travis Barker, who used to play with The Aquabats.
The band’s career took off when the artists created a demo album, Flyswatter. It was recorded at the drummer’s apartment. The recording had a bad quality, but the musicians still decided to make 50 copies and sent them to labels. The album got to the destination and brought the artists a contract with Cargo Music.