How do you say it? One EIGHTY Two, One EIGHT Two, or maybe even EIGHTEEN Two. This question has to be asked after a tweet by Late Late Show head writer Ian Karmel tweeted this.
The British call Blink-182 “Blink One Eight Two” and I’m not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but…
— Karmitzvah (@IanKarmel) November 19, 2018
Then of course the show’s host James Corden got involved.
Don’t start this. I admit we are wrong on this. America calls them Blink One eighty two. Which is also wrong. They technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two. Don’t take some moral high ground here. https://t.co/zm2Gpb6xtT
— James Corden (@JKCorden) November 19, 2018
To which Blink-182 co-founder Mark Hoppus responded.
Thank you James. Some say one eighty two. Some say one eight two. But in all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the B in blink-182 should be lower-case. https://t.co/d3Gi2Ezmhu
— stuffing and marked potatoes 🏳️🌈 (@markhoppus) November 19, 2018
Then of course another co-found of blink-182 had to respond. Tom DeLonge may no longer be in the band, but he was there at the beginning.
It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years. Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art. https://t.co/jmsfv401KF
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) November 19, 2018
Oh but the debate doesn’t end there. Tosten Burks, who writes for Spin magazine, comes from their hometown Poway, California. He claims that DeLonge’s tweet confirms his long-held theory that the name has a specific local origin. He says 18-2 stands for the 18th and 2nd letters of the alphabet, R-B, the initials of Rancho Bernardo, the arch rival of the band’s alma mater, Poway High. He thinks “Blink” is there to replace an expletive in front of Rancho Bernardo.
Although Tom was actually expelled from Poway High and actaully went to school at Rancho Bernardo.