Nobody may like you when you’re 23, but Mark Hoppus hasn’t had that problem for 27 years.
The Blink-182 bassist and vocalist celebrates his milestone 50th birthday today, March 15.
Hoppus formed Blink in 1992 alongside guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Scott Raynor. The trio released two albums, 1995’s Cheshire Cat and 1997’s Dude Ranch, before Raynor was replaced by Travis Barker.
With Barker in tow, Blink would go on to record 1999’s Enema of the State. The five-times RIAA-Platinum record, Blink’s best-selling release to date, is perhaps the definitive album of the late-’90s/early 2000s pop-punk scene, thanks to singles including “All the Small Things,” “What’s My Age Again?” and “Adam’s Song.”
After Enema, Blink’s success continued with 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, followed by 2003’s more mature, untitled effort. After a going on hiatus from 2005 to 2009, Blink reunited and recorded one album together, 2011’s Neighborhoods, before DeLonge left the group in 2015.
DeLonge was replaced by Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba, leaving Hoppus as the sole founding member still in Blink-182. Skiba’s featured on the last two Blink records, 2016’s California and 2019’s Nine.
In between his work with Blink, Hoppus has played in several different side projects, including +44 with Barker and Simple Creatures with All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth. He’s also produced albums for bands including Motion City Soundtrack and New Found Glory, and launched his own Hi My Name Is Mark clothing brand.
Last June, Hoppus revealed he’d been diagnosed with cancer. After months of chemotherapy, he announced last September that he was “cancer free.”
Hoppus’ most recent project is a song with Avril Lavigne on her new album, Love Sux.
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