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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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  1.   Song
  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.   This Is Gonna Hurt
  10.   The First of Me
  11.   Same Direction
  12.   What Happened to Us?
  13.   Never There
  14.   Let It Out
  15.   Lucky
  16.   Ready for You
  17.   A Thousand Words
  18.   No Win Situation
  19.   I Don't Think I Love You
  20.   Disappear
  21.   Up and Gone
  22.   No Destination
  23.   Tears of Yesterday
  24.   Good Enough
  25.   The Rules
  26.   Without a Fight
  27.   The Fallen
  28.   Who the Hell Am I?
  29.   The Letter
  30.   Connected ("Halo 2")
  31.   More Than a Memory
  32.   Don't Tell Me
  33.   Just One
  34.   Incomplete
  35.   You're the One
  36.   So Close, So Far
  37.   Say the Same
  38.   If I Were You
  39.   Remember Me
  40.   Never Be Here Again
  41.   Connected
  42.   All About You
  43.   Look Where We Are
  44.   Did You
  45.   Better
  46.   Magnolia
  47.   Slow Down
  48.   You Before Me
  49.   Too Little Too Late
  50.   Can You Save Me?
  51.   You Need to Be Here
  52.   Sick of Hanging On
  53.   Unaffected
  54.   From the Heart
  55.   Escape
  56.   Hello Again
  57.   Let You Know
  58.   We Are One
  59.   Gone Gone Gone
  60.   If Only
  61.   Pieces
  62.   Sing What You Can't Say
  63.   Moving Forward
  64.   To Be With You
  65.   Give It Back
  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