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"Hoobastank" (also colloquially referred to as "Hooba" or "The Stank") is a rock band best known for their hits "Crawling in the Dark" (2001), "Running Away" (2002), "The Reason" (2004) and more recently "If I Were You" (2006).

Hoobastank formed in the Los Angeles County suburb Agoura Hills in 1994. Vocalist Doug Robb met with guitarist Dan Estrin in a high school battle of the bands competition and decided to form a band. They recruited Markku Lappalainen and Chris Hesse to form Hoobastank, which at the time was spelled Hoobustank (pronounced the same way as "Hoobastank"). In an interview with Launch Yahoo Doug Robb said the name had no particular meaning. "You're going to ask me what it means. It doesn't mean anything. And it's really cool, it's one of those old high school inside-joke words that didn't really mean anything."

Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda, and Brad Delson of Linkin Park attended the same high school as the members of Hoobastank.

Hoobastank started playing gigs in their local area and recorded a self-released album called ''They Sure Don't Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To'' in 1998 with...

years active 1997 – present
origin Agoura Hills, California, United States
music genre Ska (1994-1998)
Alternative Rock (2000-)
current members Douglas Robb - Vocals
Dan Estrin - Guitar
Markku Lappalainen - Bass (1997-2005)
Chris Hesse - Drums
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source: Wikipedia