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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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Track List: Machine Gun Blues (Radio Single)

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SOCIAL D KICKS A** SO MUCH LOVE FOR THEM
Punk-rock is one of the best genres if not the best, and social distortion is one of the best punk-rock bands, therefore they are one of the best bands of all time! \m/(-_-)\m/
How cool would it have been if Johnny Cash used Social D as his backing band for an EP...I know I'm just dreaming but still....
Hey bullies that kid u punched in the hallway today?he commented suicide a few seconds ago that girl you called a slut in class today?she's a virgin that boy u called lame?he has to work every night to support his family that girl u pushed down in the hallway today?is abused @ home.U think u know them?!well guess what u don't!!!Repo s t if u r STRONGLY against bullying.99% of u people who r reading this won't!!!!!!T h a t s just sad....Repos t this if u r the 1% with a ❤️be heard and speak ��☝️
I love mike ness he rocked it 20 yrs ago and hes still rockin god love rock!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
@Damie You just stop going to that venue. It's not the band's fault. We had the same thing happen at Pop's in STL. We just don't go to that venue anymore.
Mike Ness is THE man.
Wait, what? You lost respect for SD because they played a crap venue?
I will always love Social D but lost some of respect for them after they played a show in Brooklyn NY a year or two ago in which the venue (Warsaw) banned harmless dancing and employed a huge bouncer to rough up punk kids and throw them out
Amazing band. Mike Ness is a true badass!
Holy s**t, I love Social D. I am way too old to like a band this much.
The story of my life. Life goes by so fast. Close your eye's and then it's passed
Loved these guys since the Another State of Mind documentary! !
This was the best band coming to know about a year ago. One hell of a band, every album and song is amazing
LoVe this band!
So many memories of 9th grade Spanish with Tyler, Jacob, and Tim....
Fav social D song
I am only 12 years old have been listening to social d since I was 3 ad i have to say i like them a thousand times more than any of those cheap pop star posers like Taylor swift justin bieber Bruno Mars ya know who I am talkin bout
l.a. punks kick a**
2-9-11, PDX Crystal Ballroom. A top five of all time punk assault rock show. Chuck Ragan and Lucero opened. I drank in the cellar with the violinist from Ragan's outfit and Lucero's lead singer after. Okay, I drank at the bar at the same time they were there. Still effin' rocked!
@MooMoo007™ You are a waste of space.
Punk for posers
I met them backstage on the Heaven and Hell Tour after a show in DC. Ness was a cool motherf**ker and we talked music for awhile. One of the greatest experiences of my life!
Except they are from Orange County not LA as it says in the bio. 1503 all day!
pretty comical that they credit Elton John for lyrics on Ball and Chain. wrong.
I saw SD at the 9:30 club in DC about 2 years ago & Mike Ness walked right by me...I had no idea he was 5 foot tall
Somewhere between heaven & hell is a no skip CD ...just put it on & let it play..perfec t blend of punk & Johnny Cash's influence
Telling Them best song ever........ . First f**kin album far excedes all the others. MOMMYS LITTLE MONSTER!!!
"Take awaay take away take away this ball and chain."Heard this awesome song on the radio and I knew I had to find this band!
Far behind
1178175243
I like Mike's growl.

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Reach for the Sky!
By far one of the best groups to come out of the late 70s / early 80s . I still catch flak for being a punk in an organization which has an almost cult-like culture of conformity.
tcbbyltd
Fullerton its not LA
They're from fullerton, Orange County. Not LA.
SD is a sick f**kin band,
Reppin Fullerton ! Where i was raised!
Anahiem ! 714 !
Social D is very underrated!!
Mike ness is talented as hell, addiction or not, you can like SD or not, but he made his mark :)
Social d SUX!!
Mike ness made hid own kind of punkrock. The way it became a certain look and sound that some people wanna copy and trend on happened by accident. He gave us so much great music we should be thankfull. Mainliner 1945 the creeps sickboy...
@jdduckworth . . . w h a t does being a democrap have to do with music preferences? I'm a liberal and love SD. In fact, in my experience, most republicans don't like punk music because they espouse open minds and open rebellion against authority.
Shipping2071 should shut up and stop being a whiney a** about social d
guelderhass
Slightly overrated... Especially after taking such long breaks.
dcjunky2010
Social D rocks completely, but they seem really overrated for what they are. Idk, maybe thats just me
Commit crimes while listening to Social Distortion.
Simply awesome...
Social d is the voice of the broken survivors of life
Orange County actually. Fullerton
Love it!
patrickmccal l a
the true measure of how great a songwriter is how many people are moved by their words.look how many people write about how hes writing about their own lives,hes speaking to them,for them,mike ness is us,every man,just with vision and talent.god bless mike ness.
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