Based in San Diego, California, USA, Blink-182s highly melodic and entertaining thrash rock broke through onto the mainstream charts in the late 90s. The band was originally formed by Mark Hoppus (15 March 1972, USA; bass/vocals), who had moved to San Diego to study, and Tom DeLonge (b. Thomas Matthew DeLonge, 13 December 1975, USA; guitar/vocals). Hoppus and DeLonge were joined by drummer Scott Raynor, and began a non-stop gigging schedule on the local punk circuit. The self-released Fly Swatter EP appeared in 1993, and was followed by the cassette Buddha demo, released by Filter Records in a run of less than a 1, 000 (the material was reissued in a slightly different format three years later by Kung Fu Records). Several of the songs from the demo tape subsequently appeared on the bands full-length debut, Cheshire Cat, which was released by the Grilled Cheese label in 1994. Shortly afterwards the trio was forced to adopt the new moniker...
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