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5 Bands That Influenced Blink-182October 27th, 2014 by Liz Groth
Since their formation in 1992, American pop-punk band Blink-182 has sold more than 35 million albums. Well known for their simple melodies, teen angst, and lyrical humor, Blink-182 has become a touchstone band for modern punk music. Bands such as Panic! At The Disco, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, All Time Low, and Yellowcard have all cited Blink-182 as a major influence in their music careers. MTV News stated that without Blink-182, “there’d be no Fall Out Boy, no Paramore, or no Fueled By Ramen Records.” It’s pretty obvious that Blink-182 has had a huge impact on the pop-punk music scene, but who influenced Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker? Here’s a list of five different bands that Mark, Tom, and Travis claim have helped inspire them over the years.
1. Screeching Weasel
Formed in 1986 by sarcastic frontman Ben Weasel, Screeching Weasel truly embraces everything it means to be punk. The band’s origin story is a simple one — according to their website they just “saw the Ramones, started a band, [and] pissed off a whole lot of scenesters” — but their influence has ranged from Blink-182 to Green Day to the All-American Rejects. You can listen to Blink-182’s cover of Screeching Weasel’s song The Girl Next Door, by clicking here.
Fugazi is an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C. that formed in 1987. Noted for their DIY attitude and general contempt for the music industry, Fugazi is well known for speaking out on a number of social and political issues, such as violence and gender equality. Tom DeLonge claims that Fugazi was a huge influence on him because they “stood for something and never varied from that path.”
3. Bad Religion
The well known, punk rock band Bad Religion also proves to be one of Blink-182’s many influences. Mark Hoppus tweeted, “A full 80% of my vocabulary and scientific theory education was learned by listening to Bad Religion.” Bad Religion accompanied Blink-182 on The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show Tour in the summer of 2000, along with American pop-punk band Fenix TX.
4. New Order
The English rock back New Order happens to be another one of Blink-182’s many influences. Tom DeLonge states that he learned a lot about melodic structures from New Order, who he claims to have listened to a lot in junior high and high school.
5. The Descendents
Last but definitely not least, The Descendents. DeLonge has stated that this punk rock band shaped everything about the way he sings and plays guitar. The Descendents, who sing about everything from Mexican food to girls, seem to have also influenced much of Blink-182’s humor.