Cheshire Cat
Released February 17, 1995 (original CD)
November 3, 1998 (re-release)
Recorded 1994 at Westbeach Recorders, Los Angeles, California
Length 41:55
Genre Skate punk, punk rock
Label Cargo Music, Grilled Cheese
Produced by O (Otis Barthoulameu), Blink-182
Album guide
Buddha (Promo)

Cheshire Cat is the debut studio album by Blink. Recorded at Westbeach Recorders in Los Angeles and produced by O and the band themselves, the album was released on February 17, 1995 through local independent record label Cargo Music. "M+M's" and "Wasting Time" were released as singles to promote the album, and received popularity locally through radio play.

The trio were signed to Cargo after impressive live performances and demos. The album was produced over a period of three days at Westbeach, as the band lacked money for additional days of recording. The record was originally released with the band's name as Blink, until an Irish techno band of the same name threatened legal action, after which the band appended "-182" to the end of their name.

Released during the breakthrough year for punk rock in California, the album brought the band a small amount of success in thriving San Diego music scene as the band started to gather a following. The record has received positive reviews in the years following its initial release, and it cited by fans and critics as an iconic release.

Track listingEdit

Additional lyrics on "Wasting Time" by Jeff Forrest.

Cheshire Cat
No. TitleLead vocal(s) Length
1. "Carousel"  DeLonge 3:15
2. "M+M's"  Hoppus 2:39
3. "Fentoozler"  Hoppus 2:04
4. "Touchdown Boy"  DeLonge 3:10
5. "Strings"  Hoppus 2:25
6. "Peggy Sue"  DeLonge 2:38
7. "Sometimes"  Hoppus 1:08
8. "Does My Breath Smell?"  DeLonge 2:38
9. "Cacophony"  Hoppus 3:05
10. "TV"  Hoppus 1:41
11. "Toast and Bananas"  DeLonge 2:42
12. "Wasting Time"  Hoppus 2:49
13. "Romeo and Rebecca"  DeLonge 2:34
14. "Ben Wah Balls"  DeLonge 3:55
15. "Just About Done"  DeLonge/Hoppus 2:16
16. "Depends"  DeLonge/Hoppus 2:48
Total length:

  • Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 13 originally appeared on Buddha.
  • During the outro of "Depends," the intro riff from Guns n' Roses's "Sweet Child o' Mine" can be heard, but is quickly cut off. After the music is finished, Mark recites a quote from the film Airplane!.



Additional musiciansEdit

  • Matt Houts – introduction to "Ben Wah Balls"
  • Steve Kravac – engineer


  • O on tracks 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, and 16
  • Blink-182 on tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13,14 and 15