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