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