Since their humble beginnings nearly 25 years ago, when they started playing in a San Diego garage, Blink-182 has gone on to become one of the defining rock bands of their generation, selling over 50 million albums worldwide and rocking audiences from Adelaide to Zurich. The trio of bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker, emerged from the SoCal pop-punk scene of the early-90s and quickly gained a reputation for their raucous live shows, incredibly catchy songs and irreverent, tongue-in-cheek humor. Blink-182's latest studio release, California, with new member Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio who replaced DeLonge, debuted at #1 in July 2016, giving the band their second career #1 album and first in 15 years.
Blink-182's third studio album, and first with new drummer Travis Barker, Enema of the State, marked their breakthrough to the mainstream and went on to sell 15 million copies worldwide, launching them to global fame. The band enlisted producer Jerry Finn, who a few years earlier had worked on Green Day's smash, Dookie, and recorded the album at various studios throughout San Diego and Los Angeles over a three-month period. "What's My Age Again?," "All the Small Things" and "Adam's Song" became hit singles and staples on MTV and crossed over into Top 40. "What's My Age Again?" achieved the highest success on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it peaked at #2. The subsequent "All The Small Things" crossed over from alt-rock radio to contemporary hit radio, peaking at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200, selling 109,000 copies in the U.S. its first week and eventually was certified five times platinum. The album was also an international phenomenon: quadruple platinum in Canada, triple platinum in Australia, double platinum in Italy, platinum in the UK, as well as gold in Austria, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and Switzerland. Ranked #37 on Rolling Stone's 2016 list of the "40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time," the album is cited as having an enormous impact on contemporary pop punk, reinventing it for and inspiring a new generation and spawning myriad bands.