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Mike Ness

The frontman for punk survivors Social Distortion, singer/guitarist Mike Ness was born April 3, 1962, in Stoneham, MA. Raised primarily in Orange County, CA, he was kicked out of his parents' house at age 15 and spent the years which followed in and out of jail and experimenting with drugs; after forming Social D in 1979, Ness' struggles with addiction deepened, and after recording the now-classic Mommy's Little Monster in 1983, his self-destructive lifestyle (vividly captured in the 1985 documentary Another State of Mind) nearly broke up the band. After getting clean and sober, Ness reconvened Social D for 1988's rootsy Prison Bound, followed in 1990 by the group's self-titled major-label debut, which launched the hit "Ball and Chain." After 1992's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, however, the band went on an extended hiatus, not resurfacing until White Light, White Heat, White Trash four years later. In 1999, Ness made his solo debut with Cheating at Solitaire. A covers collection, Under the Influences, followed later that same year. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Track List: Under The Influences (Volume One)

1. All I Can Do Is Cry

2. Gamblin' Man

3. Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing

4. I Fought The Law

5. Big Iron

6. One More Time

7. Six More Miles

8. A Thief In The Night

9. Once A Day

10. Funnel Of Love

11. House Of Gold

13. Ball And Chain (Honky Tonk)

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Track List: Cheating At Solitaire

1. The Devil In Miss Jones

2. Don't Think Twice

3. Misery Loves Company

4. Crime Don't Pay

5. Rest Of Our Lives

6. You Win Again

7. Cheating At Solitaire

8. No Man's Friend

9. Charmed Life

10. Dope Fiend Blues

11. Ballad Of A Lonely Man

12. I'm In Love With My Car

13. If You Leave Before Me

14. Long Black Veil

15. Send Her Back

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One of the greats. Mike Ness is right up there with Henry Rollins, Jell-O Biafra, Johnny Rotten. Almost at the level of the Ramones (if only Dee Dee had Mike Ness' strength to beat the smack addiction), and the mighty and iconic Lemmy.
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Social D concerts at the Chameleon Club were the best. Mike Ness rocks the guitar.
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Mike Ness is a true American Icon
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I love this song��������
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I don't think one a paragraph bio does justice to the greatness that is Mike Ness.
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God bless Mr.Ness, love that song about ..."she wanted my old black Panhead..." ,both of da solo albums, yet methinks my favorite album, is either Live @ The Roxy, or Live @ The Whiskey, been 2 long, ...got da bit where he's rememberin the old days, when bein Punk , wasn't just a fashion statement... Mike's solo cds, helped a good friend get clean from hard stuff, AND helped him climb up & RISE ABOVE depression.
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Your the best!!And always will the best!!!
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Ness and Social D are the best!! Been a fan since the 80s. I'm from HB and have seen them over 20 times, never a bad show! Got me through some crazy times. Thanks SD. RIP DD
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My generation's answer to Johnny Cash. Without a doubt, the best out there
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Six More Miles. Love Ness, dedicating my arm in ink to you sir.
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Saw you in Milwaukee in 97. Got body-passed for first and only time. Thanks.
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He and social D are awsome
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F**k in by far the best. In my eyes
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faceryderz
Awesome!!!!! !
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Saw them in Indy kicks asssssss !!!!
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From Fullerton OC get it straight,not LA
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Love Ness he's a great spokes man his song I was wrong has helped me so much in life
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a God in my eyes!!!
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Sick
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Nice job
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Y im so God damn disturbed !*?
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They Kick A**!!!! Lovin them here in Indy!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Listening to MIKE Ness made me From a Quite little Boy too 1 of the Craziest REBEL IN THE 90'S & am Still Rockin! REBEL 4 LIFE!
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Social d has gotta me threw life. Lyrics are so personal.
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His lyrics seem to be written specifically about my life. So able to relate to his music.
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Mike Ness is a f**king God!!! His lyrics and musical talent have gotten me through some dark hours...
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i went to his concert at the nitting factory i met him he is nice
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I NAMED MY SON AFTER HIM...LOVE HIM
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Greatest band of ALL TIME no one beats my love for Mike Ness and the guys Brent and Johnny two bags you men are God's got Mike Ness to sign my arm now it's forever on my arm thanks man you will never know the S**t you have got me thru in my life. This music is the soundtrack to my life I'm truly inspired by you men I can't wait for the next time I see you all live. FOREVER GREATFUL TO YOU ALL WITH LOVE ROCK ON MY FRIENDS
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nekia698
Saw social D in a small club in Tempe, AZ back in '91. Still one of the best live shows I've ever seen. Best mosh-pit of all time; rough but not mean-spirite d . The band rocked, and Mike was in top form. I get to see them at the House of Blues in Vegas from time to time these days and they are still great.
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love social d and mike ness,,got me through some hard times in my life! nothing but respect for ball n chain and mommies little monsters!!!!
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Happy anniversary !
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kcas136
Got to see Social D in Charlotte NC a few years back. I was the first one in the door that night. The show was freaking awesome!! Mike was sick as hell that night. Almost cancelled the show but played through it. Met him after the show. So sick he could barely talk but still signed autographs and met fans. Talked to him and he signed some stuff for me. Got some pictures, an autograph and a handshake. He is an awesome guy!!
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ocreguy
I am an Orange County native and Mike is highly respected here from a music stand point. I saw his solo stuff at the coach house then my cousin and I played dice with him after the show. Damn, I lost $100!
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Such an awesome punk slash country singer thanks dad for showing me him
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I can remember my very 1st punk rok show like it was last night...(not 26yrs ago)... & I scored big-time.... Mike n Social D ripped the f**kin bldg's roof off. To this day, one of the best live sets I've heard/seen.
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I was raised listing to Mike Ness .. his music made me the man I am today ...
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Love Mike Ness! Awesome live...
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wshockey8
Sure wish he and Willie would do an album together. Shame he gets no credit for introducing Johnny Cash to the millienials.
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You ok mike? You give in to that s**t? You a. Quitter and surrender to that? Or are you a man above that?? You have us friends that will kick your a** every time b**ch!!!
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True , new school punk, extraordinai r e ! !
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He is Brilliant ! God Bless him ! And God Bless me Both have helped me to stay clean.
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Best part of Another State of Mind was when he was at Minor Threat's house.
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bravesfanben
If you know anything about music, you must give respect here. Mike Ness and Social D are the real deal.
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Mike Ness is a mother f*%kin, god forsaken, absolute GENIOUS... SOCIAL D has to be the BEST LIVE show...... EVA !
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NESSSSSSSSSS S S S S S S always the real s**t! somethin about hearing his art, its pure f**king genius! we love you Ness!!!!!!
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Simply one of the all-time greats
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Hell Social D. and Mike Ness only recently have gotten into their music about a year ago. 20 now and Mike Ness is nothing less than a genius and a wonderful songwriter
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foreverfitgy m
MIKE NESS IS THE MAN!!! SOCIAL D IS ALL TIME FAV!!! BOBonnit YOU can suck a DICK!!!
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I don't care if he was doing H with a bottle of Jack in his mouth, Mr. Ness has moved me for decades. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the man.
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