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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, Rovi
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Best part of Another State of Mind was when he was at Minor Threat's house.
bravesfanben
If you know anything about music, you must give respect here. Mike Ness and Social D are the real deal.
Mike Ness is a mother f*%kin, god forsaken, absolute GENIOUS... SOCIAL D has to be the BEST LIVE show...... EVA !
tamara.fetze r
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!!!!!!
Simply one of the all-time greats
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
foreverfitgy m
MIKE NESS IS THE MAN!!! SOCIAL D IS ALL TIME FAV!!! BOBonnit YOU can suck a DICK!!!
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.
ssseansmr127 5
For all of you that think mike was drunk on h while writing all his music you a smart as a snail. He got sober in the late 80's, I'm from Newport and I know first hand of his sobriety!!! Ex pincushion!!
I wrote all these songs lol when I was drunk
The best. Like a father to me
HA F**K YOU BOBONNIT YOU MOTHERF**KIN B**CH A** P**SY MIKE NESS IS A F**KING GOD AND YOUR JUST A PIECE OF S**T YOU PRIKE!!!!
Can't sing, it's just hack
Sexiest f**ker alive...just sayin
saw them couple of months ago in Boston, great show. Just wish it was even louder.
Great band Ness is the man
I got to see Social D a couple days ago. Awesome show! I was about 5' from Mike Ness all evening. Vocals were superb as was the music.
I love mike ness hells yea can't wait to see social d this month
foundjax
God? No thing
People say that mike ness is GOD I say that he is the DEViL in a good way. Rock out with your tats out ! •~~~~~~>
No one can beat some Mike Ness
Can't wait to see Social D in Poughkeepsie , NY on the 28th, 2nd time this year
Man mike needs to do another solo album!love social d,but love his solo stuff to!!!
fuman89
Social D comin to DEtroit Oct 16th! Can't wait! gonna be epic!
bwisner3
Mike Ness is awesome, this is real deep hearted music unlike most of the crap on the radio.
insanity720
There are junkies, pimps,and whores in the OC too....I grew up with 'em too Mike. Long live white trash kids :)
I new Mike when he lived on Balboa Peninsula. Super nice dude. Wish I still knew him today. Mike, you guys shred!!
I like this Honky Tonk version of Ball & Chain, (GREAT SONG) I saw Social D in the 80's & I am from the 60's love that band! Fullerton ,Ca loves Mike Ness!
THE MAN
kimbervb
*heart* Mike Ness!
Social D .... What more can you say?
Since I was a dirty skater kid in Chula Vista to 16 flat years in the Texas prison system. Social Distortion and Ness in general was there for me. Still get the same feelings for that sound.
what a F**KING REALITY check and natural HIGH at the same time,PEACE.. . . . . .
my contact info 4 ride to D.C. show :443-942-751 2 , leave message if I dont answer, I will return your call A.S.A.P., May peace be with you.
the D.C. arena in Nov. I will pay {$$$} very nicely for a round trip trip, my CON
I am looking 4 a ride from the Annapolis{MD . } , { C R O F T O N } 2 TH
my s h*t hard.This is WHAT REAL S.CAL H.C./ROCK sounds and feels like!!!!!!!! ! !
All I can say is 1st heard about them in 1986 then I really started to rock them in the 90's. They make life worth living and get my blood pumping amd
yes mike ness is a GOD!!!
Mike Ness is God
milosdad
When Social D comes to Austin, it's an event for me, my wife and friends. No matter the day of the week we are there. I've gone to work on two hours of sleep (passed out, actually) after a show. I've only seen one bad show and it's on the current tour. Hope it's not a sign of things to come. I love the crowd and the huge difference in ages at evey show. Best memory was running into a kid I had given a cd to 10 years previous. He was now a Social D lifer.
He appeared egotistical in the mid-80s, but he has totally evolved into a US Rock N Roll Icon. Huge fan, seen several shows and will continue when ever I can until one of us dies.
what? no blue fatty?
mike ness makes me want to pack a back pack and leave my town with just his cd's and head phones and walk around aimlessly i love it so much.
I absolutely love anything by Mike Ness / Social Distortion. Ness has become my favorite Rock performer since Joe Strummer.
just saw SOCIAL D in SAN DIEGO, CA. on the feb 19th ..the best show i have ever seen
Portland! Can't wait to see them!
Mike Ness is like a modern day Johnny Cash with a voice and talent I only
hope he can stay clean and make a lot more albums as last of original members of the band SD the music will last forever in are minds and MP3's
Social D. ... hmmmm...remi n d s me of someone I know ... : )
doesn't get any better then this!!
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