Mark Allan Hoppus was born on March 15, 1972 is an American musician and record producer, most recently for Irish band, Icon on Fire. Mark Hoppus was born in Ridgecrest, California on March 15, 1972, to Connie and Tex Hoppus. His father works for the Department of Defense, designing missiles. His mother, Connie, reflects on her son as “…always a happy kid. Really smart, sensitive.” Hoppus spent much of his early years in the small town of Ridgecrest, until his parents split up when he was in the 3rd grade, which affected him greatly. After shuffling around w/ sister Anne for 2 years, Mark left w/ his father for Monterey. His father was oftentimes away earning a postgraduate degree in college.
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In a 2000 article, Hoppus recalls ” was living by myself in the fifth grade.” Hoppus describes himself as “pretty straight-laced” until junior high, when he began skateboarding. Starting in 9th grade, Hoppus gained solace through music of The Smiths and The Cure. At the age of 15, Hoppus received his first bass guitar as a gift from his father and earned money for a set of amplifiers by helping him paint his garage. Hoppus never took bass lessons, instead he taught himself by playing to bands such as the Descendents, The Cure, & Bad Religion. Hoppus worked by himself & sang in the band Pier 69, mainly covering songs by The Cure, & recorded a live demo with a group called The Attic Children in 1988, featuring covers of The Cure songs.
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