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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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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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nicko252008
Only pansies who can't handle heavy bands listen to this fruit boot music, they should change there name to Fruitastank.
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Not even half bad
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mozarts_momm y
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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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured in two days(U won't die). Now you started reading this so now don't stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. This is so scary it actually works!
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Love you luke
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1.kiss your hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say your name
5.choose a school day
6.post this I rev songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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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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This song reminds me of one of my very best friends here on Pandora. She's known for liking music much heavier than this but this one has a special meaning between her and someone very special to her...
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I love this song so much that I love hoobastank too much now it came from the show smallville
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"hoobastank" tho
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nadipops2001
* I'm not a perfect person* words to live by. Love this song
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Reason
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I am back its a new month God Bless Pandora
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For my dear friend!!!
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watch now and see how the profound lacks any debate as her face turns away hounded by the mistakes that my fears can't reason with her ideas never mind how unclear and every year we drift not finding land in which to steer for a distant dream that died falling into mutual longing as our separate ways deni any say for us to leave this understandin g our existence together isn't what she believes and her envy hides bitter mistrust as her story changes with all I find unjust about her little peeves
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Wow hoobastank make me feel like no one is perfect because of the reason, it explains how people feel wen apart so close so far, it explains how people look for answers running away, it explains love through people the reason
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I'm NOT the perfect person. Love love this song on Valentine's day
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December 2003!!! First time I was listens this song !!!
Now just memories came to my heart��
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staceybear
My best guy friend just told me to listen to this...I LOVE THIS SONG (reason)
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Meh, Westlife wannabe
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Love The Reason Charles Joseph great Group Hoobastank.
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Aww Brett ur Makin me cry. Omg.u remember, wow. Ur the best man . F**KIN FACT!
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This song will always remind me of my friend April.This was her reconnect to her son and I can only hope that someday it really happens. :)
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Love The Reason . It touches my inner spirit
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I love this song so much
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1kiss ur left hand
2 say ur crushes name
3 say ur name
4 pick a day
5 post this on 15 other songs and ur crush will ask you out
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The reason will always be you




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God O How I Love This Song . God Bless Them.
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