Blink-182 releases Dude Ranch
Dude Ranch is the second studio album by American pop punk band Blink-182.
Recorded at Big Fish Studios in Encinitas, California with producer Mark Trombino, the album was first released on June 17, 1997 in the United States on independent label Cargo Music. The follow-up to their successful debut Cheshire Cat (1994), the record was a success and "Dammit", "Apple Shampoo", "Dick Lips", and "Josie" were released as singles, with the former and latter receiving the greatest success.
The band recorded the album in late 1996. With lyrical material written periodically over the band's nonstop tours from 1995 to 1996, as well as completed songs, the band recorded with Trombino in sessions that lasted for one month. During the production for Dude Ranch, the members of Blink-182 were plagued with difficulties only made worse by the quick schedule: bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge, co-vocalists for the band, were having vocal problems and drummer Scott Raynor had to record his drum tracks with both heels broken, on crutches.
Promoted by lead single "Dammit", which brought the band to a new audience and helped gain mainstream popularity, the album received positive reviews and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Thanks to increased popularity, the band signed with MCA Records in 1998 to handle increased distribution. Raynor would be fired the same year and replaced with Travis Barker. The record has been cited as a classic in the development of the pop punk genre.