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Hoobastank

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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fight Or Flight

1. This Is Gonna Hurt

2. You Before Me

3. The Fallen

4. Can You Save Me?

5. No Destination

6. Slow Down

7. No Win Situation

8. Sing What You Can't Say

9. Magnolia

10. Incomplete

11. A Thousand Words

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Track List: For(N)Ever

1. My Turn

2. I Don't Think I Love You

3. So Close, So Far

4. All About You

5. The Letter

6. Tears Of Yesterday

7. Sick Of Hanging On

8. You're The One

9. Who The Hell Am I?

10. You Need To Be Here

11. Gone, Gone, Gone

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Track List: Every Man For Himself

1. The Rules

2. Born To Lead

3. Moving Forward

4. Inside Of You

5. The First Of Me

6. Good Enough

7. If I Were You

8. Without A Fight

9. Don't Tell Me

10. Look Where We Are

11. Say The Same

12. If Only

13. More Than A Memory

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Track List: The Reason

1. Same Direction

2. Out Of Control

3. What Happened To Us?

4. Escape

5. Just One

6. Lucky

7. From The Heart

8. The Reason

9. Let It Out

10. Unaffected

11. Never There

12. Disappear

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Track List: Hoobastank

1. Crawling In The Dark

2. Remember Me

3. Running Away

4. Pieces

5. Let You Know

6. Better

7. Ready For You

8. Up And Gone

9. Too Little Too Late

10. Hello Again

11. To Be With You

12. Give It Back

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Track List: Born To Lead

1. Born To Lead

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Track List: Every Man For Himself EP

1. If I Were You

2. Don't Tell Me

3. The First Of Me

4. Born To Lead

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Track List: Inside Of You

1. Inside Of You

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Make it happen Blue Skies
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The Reason
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The Reason
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I lost my eysight and never cab see my daughters face again ;"""(
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sandymcleod1 7 5
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The reason always makes me think of Snape talking to lily
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The song the reason makes me cry. Partly bcuz sum1 sang it to me to say sorry thn still didn't change.
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That is a awesome song
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This song takes me back
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M70-- quit lying and all will be right in the world!
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Proper Verbage:
Hoobastink
Hoobastank
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Umm
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Hello people I am sorry I lied to u I am New on the Pandora Yo
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Yo your DJ Warrior is hear Wuz Up ?
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pierogibob17 1 7
Why put it there then is it scar tactics or just a joke put people off??
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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Awesome song, I found my reason to start over new!��
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The amount of salt in these comments is crazy...
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So many comments
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This is OK. I have better
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What ever happened to these guys??
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You taught me a valuable lesson..
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Try to read my bio
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"I've found a reason for me, to change who I used to be, a reason to start over new, and the reason is you..."
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GREAT MUSIC VIDEO!
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Come on windy,this band ain't that bad.
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man, what a stupid band
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"I just want you to know, I found a reason for me, to change who I used to be, a reason to start over new, and the reason is you..."
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The reason is YOU!!
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Such a beautiful, beautiful song! You are THE REASON for me! The lyrics of this classic love song says it all.
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Love this group and the song Reason
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love this song....
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Aww thxs Brett, that means alot. Idk wat I'd do without all of u guys , ur support, prayers, dedications, an always being there 4 me, I want 2 say thank u from the bottom of my heart. Luv this song The Reason. .... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Listening to the reason. This one is for my dear friend April. :)
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I really dig Hoob's new sound. I was at there concert in S. korea and they can really get down!!! Rock on
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I was that reason, but was so stupid
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there is things in my life that was for no reason of hurting a guy and i can't stand the reasons for leaving them like this.
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Love The Reason . By Hoobastank . This Song is So So Beautiful . God I Love Pandora Wi Fi Radio They Or Heaven Sent .
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If any of y'all have read the iron fey, this is ash and Meghan
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Hi hoobastank how you doing today guys
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Only if you're superstitiou s . . .
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Love you luke
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The Reason, this one's 4 u Ryan, , I luv ya son....
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This song reminds me of something my father needs to do some day soon
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Awesome song and awesome band.
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This song has a very special connection to me and a special person that left this world.
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