What is the right way to pronounce the band name Blink-182? The matter has apparently been a source of debate that has grown to encompass the members of the group itself as well as late night host James Corden.
It all started when Late Late Show co-head writer and stand-up Ian Karmel noted on Twitter, “The British call Blink-182 ‘Blink One Eight Two’ and I’m not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but…” When British fans asked the comic how Americans say it, he informed them it was “one eighty-two.”
That’s when Karmel’s boss, Corden, weighed in, admitting that the British pronunciation was wrong, but that so was the American way. He joked, “They technically should be called ‘Blink one hundred and eighty two.’ Don’t take some moral high ground here.”
It finally took a member of Blink-182 to solve the debate, with bassist Mark Hoppus tweeting that either “one eight two” or “one eighty-two” was fine. Hoppus took issue with another common mistake, noting, “In all of this, I feel like we’ve lost sight of the fact that the B in blink-182 should be lower-case.”
Former Blink member Tom DeLonge also chimed in, screwing things up even more by writing, “It’s actually Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years. Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art.”
Blink-182 — say it any way you want — is expected to release a new album in 2019.