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

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