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Social Distortion

The enduring L.A. punk band Social Distortion has overcome numerous personnel shifts, the demise of the Los Angeles hardcore scene that spawned them, and the heroin addiction of singer/guitarist/bandleader Mike Ness to achieve a measure mainstream acceptance for their rootsy, hard-hitting punk without compromise. Inspired by the fertile L.A. punk scene, Ness formed the group in 1978 with drummer Casey Royer and brothers Frank (bass) and Rikk Agnew (guitar). When the brothers left to join the Adolescents, Ness' schoolmate Dennis Danell joined on bass; the next few years saw a revolving-door membership. When the group finally recorded its debut album, Mommy's Little Monster in 1983, the band consisted of Ness, Danell (now on guitar), bassist Brent Liles, and drummer Derek O'Brien. Their music was often described as a punk version of the Rolling Stones, and "Another State of Mind" was one of the few punk videos to air on MTV in 1984. However, the band took four years to record a follow-up, as Ness descended into heroin addiction and self-consciously rebellious behavior. Liles and O'Brien left, and Ness, after straightening himself out, finally regrouped in 1988 with John Maurer on bass and Chris Reece on drums. This lineup recorded Prison Bound, a mature album broadening Social Distortion's roots rock influences with a country feel. Their self-titled 1990 effort included a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and returned the group to MTV via "Ball and Chain." Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell became their most popular album to date, producing a minor radio hit in "Bad Luck" and keeping with their now-established blend of punk, blues, country, and rockabilly.

Social Distortion took an extended hiatus following the release of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, returning in 1996 with White Light, White Heat, White Trash, which proved to be a moderate hit on MTV and modern-rock radio; former Black Flag and D.O.A. drummer Chuck Biscuits made his debut on the album, following the departure of Reece. Live at the Roxy followed in 1998, and a year later Ness issued a pair of solo albums, Cheating at Solitaire and the covers collection Under the Influences. Danell died February 29, 2000 of an apparent brain aneurysm; the guitarist was just 38-years-old. In the fall of 2000, Jonny Wickersham signed on as the group's new guitarist, and Charlie Quintana took over on drums from the often busy Biscuits. After extensive touring, the band went back into the studio in 2004 to record Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll. Another six years passed before Social D returned to recording. Produced by Mike Ness himself, 2011's glossy-but-muscular Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes featured a new lineup, with bassist Brent Harding and the son of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, drummer David Hidalgo Jr. joining Wickersham and Ness. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Preach on brother crunch!!! Amen!!
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Good write up but they are from Orange County, not LA. Fullerton.
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Social Distortion has always been my life's blood
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Well, the Hall of Shame inducted Green Day when they don't even have Social D in. Without Social D there would be no Green Day. This induction comes after they rejected the Replacements , who are more worthy than that kid-friendly punk band.
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adams50131
This song so reminds me of myself and my life. Social Distortion soundtrack of my life.
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I don't understand how people are even arguing about whether social d is or isn't a punk band. They are it's not up for debate it's a fact. They played the same clubs as circle jerks adolescents black flag and everybody else circa 78-82. They may have grown up but it doesn't erase their past. Watch another state of mind. If you don't like them fine but to say their not a real punk band is just dumb and you should not be able to comment on music you don't know about ever
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No band can replace the love I have for Social Distortion.
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Story of my life, Thank you ill never forget I day I met you SocialD<3Sic k G i r l
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munozalberto 0 1 3
Best O.C Fullerton punk rock band
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Davidson 292. I'm getting together a group of true punx and thugs to form a slap line using our dix big, little,white . black,old,ne w , a l l the Dix u been dreaming of smacking u across your b**ch face
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pixiedg7769
One of my all time favorite bands and they are still touring and putting on amazing shows.
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personal experience davidson292 ?? you prolly think blink 182 is punk.... maybe one day we ALLLL can graduate to BIG DIX .... like you... beat it kook.
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I don't have popcorn but I'm here. Chase
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davidson292
This band sucks little dix
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The Hall of Fame will continue to prove their idiocy if they induct Green Day in 2015, before inducting Social Distortion or Sonic Youth.
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Love this album... peaceful for some reason...
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lovandhonor0
RIP Dennis.
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jillsstangl
Just saw them last week...aweso m e show...the songs are probably more relevant in my adult years then they were in my teens in the nineties...N e s s brought down the house...I hope I can see them again.
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must have partied with him many years ago cuz he's been drug free for well over 20 years
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Nicko lol social distortion has harder, faster songs than sex pistols. Social D helped start the hardcore movement none like the British punks. Good old American hardcore punk motherf**ker
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I partied with Mike years ago in OC. ALWAYS a class act!!
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Yay! Seeing them this weekend! So f**king excited!
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Just saw social d live at the pozo saloon. Wow, they put on a hell of a show.
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Hell yeah, I love these guys. Great cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire.
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michaelasudz u s
I killed my baby I killed her with my knife
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Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
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HELLZ YEA
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I grew up around the Fullerton area and weekends were spent at the Galaxy. Saw S.D. there..Ness is God!!!
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LOVE SOCIAL D!!!!
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social D is as much punk 36 years later as they were growing up and i was a rebellious youth, long live the punk scene , punk is not dead!
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Social d. And minor threat pushing a tour van up a hill. That my friends is punk.
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xxxlwake
714 has its own sound and lead the way in the So Cal punk scene and Social D was leading the way for all that came after.
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I was Mike's personal security guard over his bad a** chopper in '04 @ street scene SD.then I had the honor of guarding his trailer while SD rocked it out after Cypress smoked down a 20ft bong! Great f**kin nite @ work
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yeah, ebeets, I got tickets for that show. first time seeing them
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Apparently when I was a young child my parents were good friends with Mike Ness and he used to play with me when they hungout. (I'm sixteen)
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Social D is punk rock with a sound that reminds me of the Clash.
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lehmanj08
Yah wtf mommys little monster get that s**t
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36 years of service..... B a d Religion is only 34 years. LOL.
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ebeets1
Social D playing LIberty Memorial in Lawrence KS Sept 19th- this is a show that might be worth the extortionate ticket prices charged nowadays. My pontiac spit back feelings of Contempt out the exhaust
A hundred miles an hour down a Highway.. still one of my favorite lyrics ever, even if my Pontiac is long gone. Ball and Chain, Story of my Life, I was Wrong- damn, these lyrics are more meaningful now then they were in rebelion of youth.
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@niko252008 dude no they arent a pop punk they are punk and not the same dude as green day get your facts straight before you comment! thanks
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If u don't think social d is punk, u don't get punk. Punk isn't 4 F**king chords and saying obnoxious s**t. Punk is an attitude and a feeling in your gut that most people get life wrong. That is social d.
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no mommy's little monster album? wtf
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These guys are great
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Nikko. What is the definition of punk to you? Di you listen to the songs and actually understand the lyrics?
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nicko252008
The sex pistols are PUNK.. social D, maybe pop punk. same cat as green day,
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Awesome music
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One of the best California punk bands
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I love social d. Great music
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eugenekrauss 9
cold feelings is a great rock n roll song
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Nicko, really? They are one of the definitive punk bands. Keep in mind that these definitions change over time. Tom Petty was considered punk at one time...
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