Tom DeLonge’s Boomer character from Blink-182’s ‘First Date’ video is getting its own doll
You can squeeze its beer belly to hear a variety of “dumb audio clips that could only come from the premiere idiot savant”
The band’s former front man took to Instagram yesterday (March 4) to share a clip of the limited-edition doll which will be released by DeLonge’s own To The Stars company. It is described as “10 inches of pure Cali vibes” and comes with “detachable beer and skate accessories”.
“Squeeze his beer belly for a variety of dumb audio clips that could only come from the premiere idiot savant,” the plushie doll’s description reads. ”Made from recycled stuffing. Available for advanced pre-order only. We will only produce the amount for pre-orders placed by March 18.”
Boomer will be shipped in ”mid-late June”.
“It’s the best thing ever! I love it,” he said. “There’s that one where they merged it with The Simpsons guy where he disappears into the hedge, they have one where they put the glasses on and it looks like The Matrix… I think it’s so funny.
“[The ‘First Date] video] came from watching a documentary on the Bee Gees. I called up Mark [Hoppus, bass], like, ’Dude, you’ve Gotta watch this shit! These dudes are on top of a mountain with full hair, singing face to face with the sunset behind them.’”
Last year, DeLonge, now the front man of Angels & Airwaves, talked to 91X San Diego’s Marty and Danielle about the famous Boomer ’what the fuck’ GIF that has become a popular meme in recent years.
Having released a string of singles – ‘All That’s Left Is Love’, Rebel Girl’ and ‘Kiss & Tell’ – DeLonge revealed last month (February 1) that the band were back in the studio working on their long-awaited sixth LP.
History of Blink-142
Blink-182 (sometimes written as Blink 182; often stylized in all lowercase as blink-182) is an American rock band formed in Poway, California, in 1992. Since 2015, the line-up of the band has consisted of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker, and guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba.
Founded by Hoppus, guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge, and drummer Scott Raynor, the band emerged from the Southern California punk scene of the early 1990s. First, it gained notoriety for high-energy live shows and irreverent lyrical toilet humour. Hoppus is the only constant band member.
In its early years, Blink-182 toured heavily behind the band’s debut, Cheshire Cat (1995). The group signed with major label MCA Records to co-distribute its second album, Dude Ranch (1997). Raynor was fired midway through a 1998 tour and replaced by Barker.
The group’s next two releases, Enema of the State (1999) and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001), were enormous successes on radio and MTV airplay strength. Blink-182 followed in 2003 and marked a stylistic shift for the group. DeLonge quit in 2005, sending the band into what was termed an “indefinite hiatus.”
They reunited in 2009, producing the trio’s sixth album, Neighborhoods (2011). In 2015, DeLonge again exited and was replaced by Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba, with their resulting seventh studio album, California, being released on July 1, 2016. Their most recent effort, titled Nine, was released on September 20, 2019.
According to Alternative Press magazine, Blink-182 is considered a key group in pop-punk development;[not verified in body] the band’s combination of pop music melodies with fast-paced punk rock featured more radio-friendly accessibility than prior bands.
The trio has sold over thirteen million albums in the United States, and over 50 million albums worldwide. In 2011, The New York Times asserted, “no punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than Blink-182”, and even as the band receded after its 2005 split, “its sound and style could be heard in the muscular pop-punk of Fall Out Boy or the current wave of high-gloss Warped Tour punk bands, like All Time Low and The Maine.”