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Unwritten Law

Veteran San Diego, California punk rock band Unwritten Law were formed in the early '90s by drummer Wade Youman. After a few different iterations in its lineup, the band eventually coalesced around vocalist Scott Russo, guitarists Rob Brewer and Steve Morris, bassist John Bell, and Youman.

After releasing their debut, Blue Room, on Red Eye Records, Unwritten Law toured America several times but grew frustrated by the lack of distribution of their records. They eventually signed to Epic, which re-released Blue Room and issued their second album, Oz Factor, in 1996. The following year, the group jumped to Interscope and recorded its self-titled third LP in 1998. Just before its release in June of that year, Bell left and was replaced by Sprung Monkey's Pat Kim. Unwritten Law spawned a few scene hits, like "Lonesome" and "Cailin." In early 2002, the band issued its fourth full-length, the less punk, more hard rock Elva. Debut single "Seein' Red" was a hit on MTV's TRL and mainstream radio charts.

Before the year came to a close, Unwritten Law inked a major deal with Lava Records. The largely acoustic Music in High Places followed in early 2003. Recorded on location in Yellowstone National Park, the album was part of VH1's Music from High Places series, a sort of National Geographic Explorer for the Warped Tour set. Shortly after, as the band started recording its fifth studio effort, Tony Palermo (Pulley, the Jealous Sound) replaced founding drummer Youman. The Sean Beavan-produced Here's to the Mourning followed in February 2005, featuring the single "Save Me," which also garnered the band another radio hit. A month later during a tour with Sum 41, Rob Brewer was ejected from the band after an on-stage altercation with Russo. The band decided to continue on as a four-piece instead of replacing him.

Unwritten Law's installment for the 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series was issued in fall 2006 by their former label, Interscope, a curious move considering the band was due to release its own greatest-hits compilation, The Hit List (which included various re-recordings and a new song), in early January 2007.

The following year, Palermo left Unwritten Law and joined Papa Roach. He was replaced for a few years by Dylan Howard. The band continued touring and released Live and Lawless in late 2008. After a few years of silence, Swan, the group's sixth studio album, arrived in 2011 via Suburban Noize Records. While touring behind the album, Steve Morris and Pat Kim left the band and were replaced by Derik Envy and Kevin Besignano. Their stint was also short-lived, as they too parted ways after the reconciliatory return of Youman. The band recruited Jonny Grill and Chris Lewis to fill out the quartet in 2013. In 2016 the band released another acoustic collection, the 13-track Acoustic, which included a cover of a John Legend/MSTRKRFT song, as well as a new track, "Belongs to You." ~ John Bush & Neil Z. Yeung
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live And Lawless (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Underground (Live)

2. Teenage Suicide (Live)

3. Rescue Me (Live)

4. Cailin (Live)

5. California Sky (Live)

6. Blame It On Me (Live)

7. Shoulda Known Better (Live)

8. Celebration Song (Live)

9. Mean Girl (Live)

10. Seein' Red (Live)

11. Babylon (Live)

12. Lost Control (Live)

13. Oblivion (Live)

14. Save Me (Live)

15. Up All Night (Live)

16. C.P.K. (Live)

17. Shoulda Known Better (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: The Hit List

1. Shoulda Known Better

2. Celebration Song

3. Rescue Me

4. Save Me

5. She Says

6. Up All Night

8. Seein' Red

9. Teenage Suicide

10. California Sky

11. Harmonic

12. Rest Of My Life

13. Blame It On Me

14. How You Feel

15. Lonesome

16. Cailin

17. Shallow

18. Superman

19. C.P.K.

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Unwritten Law

1. Harmonic

2. Teenage Suicide

3. California Sky

4. Cailin

5. Lonesome

6. Holiday

7. Before I Go

8. Mean Girl

9. Up All Night

10. How You Feel

11. Seein' Red

12. Geronimo

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Track List: Here's To The Morning

1. Intro

2. Get Up

3. Celebration Song

4. Because Of You

5. Lost Control

6. Save Me

7. I Like The Way

9. She Says

10. Rejections Cold

11. F.I.G.H.T.

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Track List: From Music In High Places

1. Before I Go

2. Rest Of My Life

5. Blame It On Me

6. Geronimo

7. Cailin

8. Rescue Me

10. How You Feel

11. Shallow

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Track List: Elva (Explicit)

1. Mean Girl

2. Up All Night

3. Sound Siren

4. How You Feel

5. Blame It On Me

6. Seein' Red

7. Nick & Phil

8. Hellborn

9. Geronimo

10. Rescue Me

11. Acress, Model...

12. Raleigh (Soliloquy Pt. V)

13. Babalon

14. Raleigh (Soliloquy Pt. VI)

15. Rest Of My Life

16. Elva

17. Evolution

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Track List: Unwritten Law

1. Harmonic

2. Teenage Suicide

3. Sorry

4. California Sky

5. Cailin

6. Lonesome

7. Coffin Text

8. Holiday

9. Underground

10. Close Your Eyes

11. Before I Go

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Track List: Blue Room

1. C.P.K.

2. Shallow

3. What About Me

4. Suzanne

5. Obsession

6. Tribute

7. Lessons

8. Superficial Society

9. Kill To Breathe

10. Switch

11. World War III

12. Blurred (Part 2)

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bball33ry
Elva is still one of my favorite cds. I leave it in my cd player in my car bc I know it will never disappoint me. I have a single disc cd player for the record...nuf f said.
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I tried to like it cause Scott and I went to same school and got in a fight in like 6th grade with him, but it's so weak. It's weak.
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Scott Russo is just too good.
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One of my favorite songs
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This band bites. Another loser group that sounds like Green Day who also sucks. What's up with this vocal affectation that so many groups from this same period seem to have ?
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Wade is back the direction will take hold no BUULSHIT he is defiantly a talented rock star all he gives a s**t about is music which wasn't the case when he left the bad. Sorry wade had to stick up for you a little bit on this site. When your put your heart into an album you get heart out rip this sit up!!!!!! Put the doubters to rest (anonymously CPK)
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i met these guy when they stayed at the hotel i was working at when they were on tour promoting their album elva.they played a show with sugar cult at freebirds in Jax beach,fl. we all hung out after the show at a bar till like 6 in the morning. i have some great pics from that night...i had a blast...both bands were really down to earth!
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ummm that was wade the drummer who did that I went to school with them...they have always been FFFFFed UP
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i.r.casas
I saw these guys in their Sum 41 Tour @Jacksonvill e , Scott Russo was wasted! Brewer jumped out from behind his drum set nailed Russo with one of his sticks then decked him in the face! They both went off stage and the guitarist was left to apologize for the craziness, Sum 41 went on to play their only album at the time twice to cover the show. Needless they rocked pretty hard, Unwritten Law came back a few months later and played a free show! It was pretty awesome! Truly a Punk Rock moment.
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This song sucks!!
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lrbrown813
OZ factor is my fave... been following them since middle school in 1994
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I know using the term pop is like the term disco for most rock fans, and I consider myself a HARD rock fan, but there are a lot of catchy songs that I really like by these guys. I even own a couple albums by them. Does this make me a watered down version of what I think I am?
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youman was best drummer i had seen when he was at his best, even a bit better then travis barker...fas t e s t sticks I had ever seen...they rocked then...
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I agree they were at their peak with Oz Factor.
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jmichaelj76
i think they suck
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But then again...Who the Hell am I to judge?
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I saw Unwritten Law at Emo's in Austin a couple years back and was greatly disappointed . The lead singer swayed like he was a teenie bop pop icon!!!! Blue Room is hands down their best album, but the Self Titled wasn't all that bad as they had a few good tracks. They may have been successfull if they didn't become so poppy?????
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blue room was the best damn album ever not listed of course!
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guitar4life_ 9
Elva was their best album. Period. Although, Shoulda known better was a great song.
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Too bad they lost everything after the self-titled .. Blue Room and Oz Factor are simply some of the best from SoCal pop-punk of the 90's
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I love this CD....kind of lost me after this one. I think the whole disc is exceptionall y awesome.
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too bad they are not like they use to be!
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i love this band <3
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A solid band, definitly not "power pop"
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i like it
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lmfao, Barccua, that was great orchestratio n , lol....
I dunno tho, i've heard only this one song that i'm listening to right now from them, and its really, definitely not the worst music in the world....ya, there's some bad singers out there w/ out-not-to-e x i s t bands in tow....
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Where's Blue Room at on the discography? Thats the best one! Cmon now...
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tpmcentee
I love how there is a greatest hits album - lol. Is it just the song Seein' Red???
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dmarcreative
i'll never get why ppl who hate an artist bother to leave comments...s e e m s to me like if youre taking the time to seek out the comment board and come up with words to put together to make sentences, you might actually like the band. otherwise, why waste your time? i wont ever leave a message for someone who sucks.
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james159
This music reminds me of a very difficult time in my life, were I was constipated, and the only crap I heard was this band comming from my nextdoor neighboor down the hall.
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wade youman was the s@*t
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Power Pop? No.
Power Pop=Jellyfis h , MIKA, etc.
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Reminds me a bit of Good Charlotte...
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dude save me is like my fav song it rocks!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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dmferrell
What happened to this awesome band? All progress is change, but not all change is progress. I hope they try and rediscover the sounds from the Black Album.
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i love there song 'shulda known beter' its sortta distubing but it (as wel as almost all there other songs) dells with serice real life issues. all iv gotta say yo ya'all is KEEP ON ROCKIN BABY!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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saw them play at the Sublime tribute show, pretty good s**t
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The black album was a great cd to jam when partying hard! Good times
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klmmeyers7
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