The San Diego, California based pop punk band was originally also called Blink, but the original Blink suggested that they change their name to avoid confusion. The San Diego band changed their name to Blink-182.
The band is also notable as being the first band to be pictured on a phone card.
Four months after playing their very first gig, Blink found themselves in recording studios working with notable producers including John O'Neill (The Undertones), Gil Norton (Pixies) and Steve Hillage.
Blinks' first singles 'Going To Nepal' and 'Happy Day' went top 20 in Ireland. Their third release 'It's Not My Fault' debuted at No 8.
August 1994 saw the release of their debut album 'A Map Of The Universe By Blink', entering the Irish album charts at No. 8 and referred to by Hot Press as 'the best Irish pop album ever made', an accolade as opposed to a slur in the days before pop became a dirty word.
Blink released the single "Cello" to support the album release and it hit the No. 10 spot and held its position for six weeks. The album went Gold almost immediately. 1995 was a very good year indeed. Soundcrowd Orchestra remixed Cello and it became a massive hit all over again. Blink were nominated for four awards at the Hot Press Music Awards.
Sticking around Boston and New York and playing every music venue they could find, alternative US radio took to Blink, and suddenly 'It's Not My Fault' was being A-listed on radio stations across the Northeast and spreading like wildfire across college radio. In late 1995, Blink set up their own New York-based label Lime Records managed by the Aiden Lambert released 'A Map Of The Universe By Blink' and went on to sell more than 80,000 copies of it in the US by that Christmas and went Platinum in Ireland.
At home, the record company were looking for a new album, so the band hesitantly packed their bags and headed back to start recording for Parlophone UK. However, the call of the US kept coming hard and strong - offers of shows, supports with bands they had met over there, so album number two was postponed in favour of a return trip to the States.
The decision to try and break the States was a solid one and a year later, the band signed on the dotted line with Paradigm Records, Blink began recording their second album 'The End Is High', releasing it in the US in March 1998.
Billboard magazine decided it was their five star album of the month, and the album went on to do 90,000 copies in a very short space of time, opening the doors for bigger US tour supports. 1999 onwards saw Blink opening shows, sharing dressing rooms with, amongst others, The Ramones, Mercury Rev, Moby, Lloyd Cole, The Cardigans, Mark Geary, Brendan O'Shea and Blink-182.
Then Paradigm Records closed, and Blink and their good friend, renowned producer and Ministry founder, Howie Beno (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie) agreed to go ahead regardless, with plans for the third album. And so 'Deep Inside The Sound Of Sadness', the brand new album, was born.
Described by the makers as a record that captures the highs and lows of ordinary people trying to make their way through extraordinary times,' the ten track work also features some good friends helping out with guest slots. Wendy Starland took time out from writing with Quincy Jones to sing on 'Don't You Rollerblade In Nashville Tennessee? . New York underground darling, Madison, USA.
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