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While the heavy alternative sounds of Tool and Alice in Chains were primary influences on Hoobastank's sound, the post-grunge quartet tempered the gloomier elements of such music with a suburban California groove and an eye for accessibility. Formed in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills in early 1994, the band's earliest members were vocalist Doug Robb and guitarist Dan Estrin, who met each other at a high-school battle of the bands competition. The two chose to join forces, adding bassist Markku Lappalainen and drummer Chris Hesse to form a competent quartet. The self-released, clumsily titled They Sure Don't Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To generated strong local buzz upon its 1998 release, and soon the band had moved from backyard gigs to shows up and down the Cali coast. Island Records took notice and put Hoobastank on the label's payroll in August 2000, and tours with the like-minded Incubus (to whom the band would be frequently, although not unreasonably, linked) and flavor-of-the-moment Alien Ant Farm followed. Hoobastank's eponymous debut dropped in November 2001, and the singles "Crawling in the Dark" and "Running Away" found a quick home on radio stations and MTV playlists. The LP went gold, and the quartet's subsequent summer jaunt through Asia and Europe pushed it to platinum certification later that year. By early 2003, the band was back in the studio, laying down tracks for its sophomore effort. They then played a few dates in June and July, but were forced to cancel the remainder of the club tour when Estrin was injured in a freak minibike accident. The guitarist was back on his feet by October, and Hoobastank headed out with the All-American Rejects and Ozomatli for the Nokia Unwired tour. Hoobastank offered the lead single "Out of Control" as a free download from their website before releasing a full-length album, The Reason, at the end of the year. Although it showcased a harder-edged vocal performance from Robb, the album's biggest hit was its title track, an emotive ballad that topped the rock charts and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The Reason went double platinum, and the band used that momentum to issue the Let It Out DVD, a collection of band's music videos, one year later. On a 2005 co-headlining tour with Velvet Revolver, however, Hoobastank received a chilly reception from some audiences, and rumors of a feud between Robb and VR frontman Scott Weiland were soon filling Internet message boards. "If I Were You," the first single from the group's 2006 album Every Man for Himself, addressed the whole affair. Both the song and the album fell quickly from the charts, but Every Man for Himself nevertheless went gold in one month, a feat that likely owed its success to the band's previous album. A new single ("My Turn") appeared in October 2008, followed by the arrival of Fornever in 2009. That same year, the bandmembers announced that they had begun work on an acoustic album. The result was Is This the Day?, which featured acoustic versions of songs from throughout the band's catalog. The album was released in Korea and Japan in 2010, and saw a stateside release in 2011. Ending its decade-long run at Island Records, the band moved back to indie status with the release of its fifth studio album, Fight or Flight, produced by Gavin Brown, on Open E Records in 2012. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Stations Featuring
Hoobastank

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    4 songs

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    3 songs

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

    Alternative Party

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Hoobastank

Top Songs by
Hoobastank

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The Reason
  3.   Crawling in the Dark
  4.   Running Away
  5.   Inside of You
  6.   My Turn
  7.   Out of Control
  8.   Born to Lead
  9.   Let It Out
  10.   This Is Gonna Hurt
  11.   If I Were You
  12.   Same Direction
  13.   From the Heart
  14.   I Don't Think I Love You
  15.   Don't Tell Me
  16.   Remember Me
  17.   The Letter
  18.   So Close, So Far
  19.   Connected ("Halo 2")
  20.   Too Little Too Late
  21.   Let You Know
  22.   Can You Save Me?
  23.   Sick of Hanging On
  24.   Disappear
  25.   We Are One
  26.   All About You
  27.   Good Enough
  28.   The First of Me
  29.   What Happened to Us?
  30.   Incomplete
  31.   No Win Situation
  32.   The Fallen
  33.   You Before Me
  34.   Never Be Here Again
  35.   You're the One
  36.   Gone Gone Gone
  37.   Without a Fight
  38.   Moving Forward
  39.   Unaffected
  40.   Lucky
  41.   Just One
  42.   To Be With You
  43.   A Thousand Words
  44.   Slow Down
  45.   Tears of Yesterday
  46.   Did You
  47.   Never There
  48.   Pieces
  49.   No Destination
  50.   You Need to Be Here
  51.   Say the Same
  52.   Look Where We Are
  53.   The Rules
  54.   Escape
  55.   Up and Gone
  56.   Better
  57.   Hello Again
  58.   Connected
  59.   More Than a Memory
  60.   If Only
  61.   Magnolia
  62.   Give It Back
  63.   Sing What You Can't Say
  64.   Who the Hell Am I?
  65.   Ready for You
  66.   Losing My Grip
  67.   The Critic
  68.   Right Before Your Eyes
  69.   Never Saw It Coming
  70.   On the Road Documentary
  71.   DVD Bonus Features
  72.   Did You
  73.   [Untitled Track]
  74.   Meet Hoobastank
  75.   Waiting
  76.   Finaly Awake
  77.   Look Where You Are
  78.   Is This the Day?
  79.   What I Meant to Say
  80.   Face the Music
  81.   [Untitled Track]
  82.   [Untitled Track]
  83.   Stay with Me
  84.   Replace You