Who is Mark Hoppus?
Mark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer as well as a TV personality. He became popular as the bassist and co-lead vocalist of the pop punk band ‘Blink-182’. Hoppus was born in Ridgecrest, California and developed an early interest in music. He received a bass guitar from his father on his fifteenth birthday. Along with Tom DeLonge and Scott Raynor, Hoppus founded the band ‘Blink-182’. The band soon became known for their high-energy live shows. Their debut album ‘Cheshire Cat’ was released in 1995. Though the album failed to impact any American charts, it entered the charts in Australia and New Zealand. They released several other albums over the years, such as ‘Dude Ranch’ and ‘Dogs Eating Dogs,’ which were both moderate hits. Hoppus has also collaborated with the band ‘+44’ for their only album ‘When Your Heart Stops Beating’. Other than music, he has written columns for the ‘Risen Magazine’ and was part of a music documentary named ‘One Nine Nine Four’.
Childhood & Early Life
Mark Hoppus was born in Ridgecrest, California, on 15th March 1972 to Kerry Wernz and Tex Hoppus. His father worked for the US Department of Defense, where he used to design missiles and bombs. He has one sister. His parents divorced when Mark was only eight, and it had a drastic effect on him. He later described his childhood as quite lonesome.
He began skateboarding and listening to punk rock when he was in junior high school. Over the next few years, he became quite fond of punk rock music. He received a bass guitar as a gift from his father when he was 15, and he started teaching himself by playing to several bands. However, he never took formal lessons.
He used to dress like Robert Smith whom he idolized and perform in birthday parties and concerts. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1990. He aspired to become a teacher and joined the California State University, San Marcos. However, it did not take him long to realize that he had no interest in academics. Thus, he dropped out in order to pursue a musical career.
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During the summer of 1992, Mark Hoppus was introduced to Tom DeLonge by his sister. Shortly after their meeting, DeLonge and Hoppus began performing together. Later, they also recruited DeLonge’s old friend Scott Raynor who became their drummer. Eventually they named their band as ‘Blink-182’.
The band released their debut album ‘Cheshire Cat’ in 1995. They toured extensively in order to promote their album. Though the album didn’t impact any charts in the US, it entered the Australian and New Zealand charts. Their second album ‘Dude Ranch’ performed better commercially, reaching the 67th position on the US Billboard 200, and the 100th position on the UK Albums Chart. It also topped the US Top Heatseekers Chart.
Their fame increased with their third album ‘Enema of the State’ (1999) which reached the ninth position on the US Billboard 200. It also entered the charts in various other countries. Though it received some criticism, it was a huge commercial success, and is considered one of the best works of the band. In 2016, it was mentioned by the Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time.
Their fourth album ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ was released in 2001. It topped the US Billboard 200, and also stood at the fourth position on the UK Albums Chart. The album was appreciated by critics as well. Their self-titled album, released after two years, was also met with favorable reviews from the critics. It stood at the third position on the US Billboard 200.
Hoppus collaborated with the band ‘+44’ on their only studio album ‘When Your Heart Stops Beating’ (2006). The album reached the tenth position on the US Billboard 200 but did not become a commercial success. The lyrics of all the songs in the album were written by Hoppus.
After a gap of several years, Blink-182 released their sixth album ‘Neighborhoods’ in 2011. It stood at the second position on the US Billboard 200, and entered the charts in various other countries. It sold 151,000 copies in the first week itself. The next year, the band released an EP ‘Dogs Eating Dogs’. It stood at the 23rdposition on the US Billboard 200.
Their sixth studio album ‘California’ was released in 2016. It entered many charts across the world and reached the top ten in several countries. It stood at the first position on the US Billboard 200 as well as the UK Albums Chart. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album as well.
One of the most important works in Mark Hoppus’ career is his band’s third studio album ‘Enema of the State’. The album, which was released in 1999, included singles such as ‘What’s My Age Again’ ‘and ‘All the Small Things’. It was praised by critics and was also a commercial success. It reached the 9th position on the US Billboard 200 and also entered the charts in several other countries like Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Italy and Norway.
His band’s album ‘California’ was another major international success. It included singles such as ‘Bored to Death’, ‘She’s out of Her Mind’ and ‘No Future’. The album received mixed reviews from the critics but it was a big success commercially. It debuted at the first position on the US Billboard 200 as well as the UK Albums Charts. It entered the charts in several other countries as well. It also earned a nomination for the Grammy Award.
Mark Hoppus got married to Skye Everly in 2000. Interestingly, it was his band mate Tom who had first asked Skye to date Mark! Though she refused initially, the couple eventually clicked and started dating. They had one son in 2002.
Hoppus is a libertarian and also a vegan.
He was a co-owner of two companies ‘Atticus’ and ‘Macbeth Footwear’. He later sold his shares in the companies.
Hoppus has also appeared in multiple TV shows and films.