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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes

1. Road Zombie

2. California (Hustle And Flow)

3. Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown

4. Diamond In The Rough

5. Machine Gun Blues

6. Bakersfield

7. Far Side Of Nowhere

8. Alone And Forsaken

9. Writing On The Wall

10. Can't Take It With You

11. Still Alive

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Another State Of Mind

2. Mommy's Little Monster

3. Prison Bound

4. Story Of My Life

5. Ball And Chain

6. Ring Of Fire

7. Bad Luck

8. When The Angels Sing

9. I Was Wrong

10. Reach For The Sky

11. Far Behind

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Track List: Sex, Love, And Rock 'n' Roll

1. Reach For The Sky

2. Highway 101

3. Don't Take Me For Granted

4. Footprints On My Ceiling

5. Nickels And Dimes

6. Wasn't Born To Follow

7. Winners And Losers

8. Faithless

9. Live Before You Die

10. Angel's Wings

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Track List: White Light, White Heat, White Trash

1. Dear Lover

2. Don't Drag Me Down

3. Untitled

4. I Was Wrong

5. Through These Eyes

6. Down On The World Again

7. When The Angels Sing

8. Gotta Know The Rules

9. Crown Of Thorns

10. Pleasure Seeker

11. Down Here (With The Rest Of Us)

12. Under My Thumb

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Track List: Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell

1. Cold Feelings

2. Bad Luck

3. Making Believe

4. Born To Lose

5. Bye Bye Baby

6. When She Begins

7. 99 To Life

8. King Of Fools

9. Sometimes I Do

10. This Time Darlin'

11. Ghost Town Blues

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Track List: Social Distortion

1. So Far Away

2. Let It Be Me

3. Story Of My Life

4. Sick Boys

5. Ring Of Fire

6. Ball And Chain

7. It Coulda Been Me

8. She's A Knockout

9. A Place In My Heart

10. Drug Train

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Track List: Prison Bound

1. It's The Law

2. Indulgence

3. Like An Outlaw (For You)

4. Backstreet Girl

5. Prison Bound

6. No Pain No Gain

7. On My Nerves

8. I Want What I Want

9. Lawless

10. Lost Child

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Track List: Machine Gun Blues (Radio Single)

1. Machine Gun Blues

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As a baby I grow up on social d I love mike ness so much ������������
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trishsparlin g
If=I'd
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trishsparlin g
Dude if quit my f**kin job if they asked me to be in social d's band!!!
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Don't take me for granted
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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Take away.....tak e away... take away... this ball and chain.. well im tired and I cant take any more pain... Take away... take away this ball and chain...... Awesome..!!
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We're making believe. P.S if you want to be friends then we can be friends (cold feedings) it another song by them.
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Gotta have the ''D''
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L.A. Punk band?! There from Orange County, were one of a bunch of good punk bands thAt came out of OC around the same time: adolescents, Di, Agent Orange ect.
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The song writing on the wall is one of the best songs I've ever heard, seriously, they make rad s**t
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Social D always puts me in a great mood!
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❤❤❤❤❤
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The best
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Social Dee fuk'n rule!
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Alone and Forsaken...g r e a t cover! Ness makes you feel the lyrics.
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Love this song
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Mike always made me feel welcome, I met him in Hollywood in 83 he was doing sound at the Cathay de Grand. Mike Brennan the owner let me live there. Then in 1990 he was my sponsor when I got out of prison, didn't stick. But even in 2014, he was my sponsor for a minute. His son said he had not sponsored anyone in 20 years. Reliving my few months out on the streets over the 25 plus years I did in prison, I know I'm not as ingrained in his makes memories as he is in mine, but he's my friend and I'm
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The singer is named mike ness
And he sings country to.!!.
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So righteous. . . don't think I've EVER heard this 1 . . .!
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Good times come and good times go , I only wish the good times would last a little longer - mike ness
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just plain kick a**
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I'm listening to this via uninterrupte d music by Sofi . So I look about them and it shows this beautiful girl named Sandya . I think I'm in love ... And oh yeah SxDx rocks !
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michael_kass i n g
I made a new Social Distortion station and Pandora kicked a** with the other artists! Now I want to go rip something up, drink and fight!!!!
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I'm leaving you far behind .... Stop wasting all of my time
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Best band ever
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Miss social d lived in Vegas 10 years got to see 3 day shows
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One of my favorites
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I love Tiger Army
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My
Pontiac
Spits Back
Feelings Of Contempt
Out
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Ex-haaaaust
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When I used to see Social D.Back at the Cathey De Grande I knew they'd make it if Mike could kick his addiction.Th a n k s a lot Mike for getting me into all of your shows for free.Congrat u l a t i o n s , y o u deserve it man.
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pbsd76
:))
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Bad a** band nothing else like social D
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Love this band.....Mom m a s little Monster..
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Mike,....kee p writing. Good lines...bud. Angels wings..
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avictorinowi l s o n
I've been listening to them 4 years, my two fav songs are when she begins and writing on the wall. LONG LIVE SOCIAL DISTORTION!! !
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avictorinowi l s o n
Best band ever wrote the best songs I've ever heard
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Social Distortion Forever !!
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Greatest band ever!
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milosdad
Saw these guys for the sixth time a few weeks ago in Austin. Best show I've seen them do. Ness is sober and it shows.
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amikegott
Tonight at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. I think tonight is my Bad Luck 13th show.
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The summer of 1985 spent skating our halfpipe all day, listening to "1945" and "Mommies Little Monster". The f**kin transitions for the ramp were made from stolen street sign. It's pretty cool how music preserves memories. Mike Ness was Bob Dylan to me.
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Love S.D , Mike is an inspiration to me. Im 37. Ive been a fan for over 20 years and look forward to everything he puts out
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Been a great fan for 30 + green day was for the daddy's girls that couldn't go to Socal D shows
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I was there, & I just love Mike!
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SD is punk, are they up for debate, it's a fact. let start with the fact you were most likely not around when,they played with the circle jerks adolescents black flag and all the other bands of that time 78-82. A time I remember do you???? I do not care if you like what they play now, fine . SD is 100% percent punk rock in the 78 club scene. Those of us who were in the clubs in 78, have changed, and grown. We were at the CooCoo nest, or Fenders in the early 80, they were punk, were you there?
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Me to
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id quit my job if it meant missing them live
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When the Angels Sing - Absolutely LOVE this song!
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SOCIAL DISTORTION - AWESOME!!!
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one only wishes a ticket to a social d concert was not upwards of $100.
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