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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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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.
must have partied with him many years ago cuz he's been drug free for well over 20 years
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
I partied with Mike years ago in OC. ALWAYS a class act!!
Yay! Seeing them this weekend! So f**king excited!
Just saw social d live at the pozo saloon. Wow, they put on a hell of a show.
Hell yeah, I love these guys. Great cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire.
michaelasudz u s
I killed my baby I killed her with my knife
Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
HELLZ YEA
I grew up around the Fullerton area and weekends were spent at the Galaxy. Saw S.D. there..Ness is God!!!
LOVE SOCIAL D!!!!
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!
Social d. And minor threat pushing a tour van up a hill. That my friends is punk.
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.
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
yeah, ebeets, I got tickets for that show. first time seeing them
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)
Social D is punk rock with a sound that reminds me of the Clash.
lehmanj08
Yah wtf mommys little monster get that s**t
36 years of service..... B a d Religion is only 34 years. LOL.
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.
@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
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.
no mommy's little monster album? wtf
These guys are great
Nikko. What is the definition of punk to you? Di you listen to the songs and actually understand the lyrics?
nicko252008
The sex pistols are PUNK.. social D, maybe pop punk. same cat as green day,
Awesome music
One of the best California punk bands
I love social d. Great music
eugenekrauss 9
cold feelings is a great rock n roll song
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...
nicko252008
Punk? I don't think so.
I know that that's not this song but I love that lyric so much
I don't care about what they say I'm gonna marry you some day I love his voice so much!!!
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....
1383473604
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!
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