Why did they choose the name Blink 182?

Ever wonder where some bands come up with their band names?  Well, we do, and we’re sick of sitting around scratching our heads about it.  We’re hitting the streets (aka. “Internet”) to find the origins behind some of the more bizarre, intriguing or just plain random band names in the scene.  Every Wednesday we’ll be pulling the curtain back on a different band and this week it’s the pop-punk turned indie rock (sorta) band Blink 182.

The name Blink was thought up by Tom DeLonge when the band consisted of Tom, Mark, and their friend Scott Raynor (before Blink they called themselves Duck Tape). They were forced to change it because an Irish electronica artist was already using that name, so they added “182” to the end.  Why 182, specifically? According to the band, its is how many times Al Pacino says “fuck” in the movie Scarface.  Of course.

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  1. bailey
    Bailey4/28/2010 7:38 PM | Permalink

    The whole reason for the “182” made me giggle!

  2. dam2k6/2/2010 12:43 PM | Permalink

    It actually has no meaning…lots of joke meanings though…

  3. jazmin8/22/2010 8:21 PM | Permalink

    im from the town they came from and i always heard it was because 182 stands for RB “Rancho Bernardo” where they went to high school. and R is the 18th letter and B is the 2nd letter of the alphabet. it made sense..but then i read all these articles..haha idk which one it is

  4. Mark DeLuca4/26/2011 2:38 PM | Permalink

    I don’t think this is true… 182 is such a beautiful number… Maybe there’s a marketing reason behind this!

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