Social Distortion

Social Distortion

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The legendary and influential punk/alternative quartet Social Distortion was formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California by frontman Mike Ness and then-guitarist Dennis Danell. The band underwent lineup changes before releasing their first album, "Mommy's Little Monster", in 1983. A year earlier, Social Distortion embarked on their first national tour with fellow punk band Youth Brigade – a trip chronicled in the celebrated punk rockumentary, "Another State Of Mind". Soon afterward, John Maurer and Bob Stubbs joined Social Distortion. After 1985, the band reformed and Chris Reese came on board as the band's drummer.

Social Distortion disappeared for a while before releasing their second album, "Prison Bound", in 1988, which would be their first recording with the classic lineup of Ness, Danell and newcomers John Maurer on bass and Christopher Reece on drums. In 1989, the band signed a deal with Epic Records and recorded their highly successful third album, which is self-titled, containing their popular hits "Story Of My Life" and "Ball And Chain" as well as the Johnny Cash cover "Ring Of Fire".

The band disappeared again after the release of their fourth album, 1992's "Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell", and Reece left Social Distortion in 1993. After auditions were held to play drums in the band, former D.O.A./Danzig drummer Chuck Biscuits joined Social Distortion to record their next album, "White Light, White Heat, White Trash", in 1996, which would be their last release on Epic Records.

In 1999, while Social Distortion wasn't touring, Ness went solo, releasing two albums, "Cheating At Solitaire" and "Under The Influences", in the same year. Although some of Social Distortion's songs paid homage to country music artists, "Cheating At Solitaire" was an unalloyed expression of Ness's country influences. His second solo album, "Under The Influences", contains country covers.

Before the band could work on their sixth album, Danell passed away on February 29, 2000 in his Newport Beach home after apparently suffering a brain aneurysm, leaving Ness as the only remaining original member of the band. Danell was replaced by current guitarist Jonny Wickersham. Biscuits also left during that time, and was replaced by Charlie Quintana.

Following Danell's death, Social Distortion continued touring and their sixth album, "Sex, Love And Rock 'N' Roll", was released on September 28, 2004. After it was completed, Maurer quit the band and was briefly replaced by Rancid's Matt Freeman. Months later, Freeman was replaced by current bassist Brent Harding, who was also part of Ness' solo tour.

In April 2009, Quintana announced that he was leaving the band to explore other musical opportunities. He was temporarily replaced by Angels & Airwaves drummer Adam "Atom" Willard, formerly of Rocket From The Crypt and Offspring, and then Scott Reeder of Fu Manchu. Their current drummer David Hidalgo, Jr., who once toured but never recorded with Suicidal Tendencies, joined in 2010. In January 2011, Social Distortion released their seventh studio album "Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes".
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Social Distortion Discography

Albums

Social Distortion Mommy's Little Monster (Album) 13th Floor Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Prison Bound (Album) Restless Records, Restless Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Social Distortion (Album) Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell (Album) Epic Canada 1992 Sell This Version
Social Distortion White Light White Heat White Trash (Album) 550 Music Australia 1996 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Live At The Roxy (Album) Time Bomb Recordings US 1998 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Sex, Love And Rock 'N' Roll (Album) Time Bomb Recordings 2004 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (Album) Epitaph USA & Canada 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Social Distortion Mainliner / Playpen (Single) Posh Boy US 1981 Sell This Version
PBS 1011 Social Distortion Posh Boy's Little Monsters (12", EP, TP) Posh Boy PBS 1011 US 1981 Sell This Version
Social Distortion 1945 (Maxi) 13th Floor Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Another State Of Mind (Single) 13th Story Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Let It Be Me (Single) Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Ball And Chain (Single, EP) Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Ring Of Fire (Single) Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Story Of My Life (Single) Epic, Epic US 1990 Sell This Version
EAT4362 Social Distortion Social Distortion(Cass, EP, Promo) Epic EAT4362 USA & Canada 1991 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Cold Feelings (Single) Epic, Epic Australia 1992 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Bad Luck (Single, Maxi) Epic Europe 1992 Sell This Version
ESK 4600 Social Distortion When She Begins(CD, Maxi, Promo) Epic ESK 4600 US 1992 Sell This Version
ESK 4600 Social Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell(CD, Maxi, Promo) Epic ESK 4600 US 1992 Sell This Version
ESK 4689 Social Distortion Born To Lose(CD, Single, Promo) Epic ESK 4689 US 1992 Sell This Version
Social Distortion I Was Wrong (EP, Single) 550 Music Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Social Distortion When The Angels Sing (EP, Single, Maxi) Epic US 1996 Sell This Version
Social Distortion Don't Drag Me Down (Single) Epic US 1996 Sell This Version

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jacksonentzulo

jacksonentzulo

September 15, 2015
There`s a constant wave of punk rock, 80s hardcore, alternative rock, rockabilly...even cowpunk as (some of the) genres that have been associated with Social Distortion and Mike Ness.

...If Chuck Biscuits was in The Misfits, Johnny Two Bags was in Cadillac Tramps, Youth Brigade and U.S.Bombs...there`s a lot of connections you can associate in the realm of the band`s music. They`ve toured with Neil Young, Sonic Youth--headlined Hootenanny multiple times and Mike Ness has been covered by people like Bruce Springsteen. Bands now like Gaslight Anthem, you can trace it through Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell.

Records-wise, they`re very collectible in the punk and hardcore realm, especially the original vinyl singles/EPs collected on `Mainliner`...but they`ve racked up a lot of gems and cool things, just because they`ve been around for thirty years now.
Kadee1

Kadee1

September 13, 2014
SOCIAL DISTORTION VERY UNLIKELY COMBINATION OF "ROCK-A-BILLY" WITH "PUNK", BUT WITH MIKE NESS' KICK-A** VOCALS, & THE BAND, IT's NOT ONLY DO-ABLE, IT'S ELECTRIFYING!!! I'VE NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING THEM PERFORM LIVE (ALTHOUGH, IF YOU'RE IN CALIFORNIA, YOU PROBABLY HAVE & I BELIEVE THEY DO PLAY THE COACHELLA FESTIVAL). I DO HAVE "LIVE AT THE ROXY" CD & "ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE" (Unofficial) DVD = IN MY OPINION BEST WAY TO HEAR THEM, SEE THEM LIVE; I GOT AS CLOSE TO THAT AS I COULD. KEEP ON MIKE NESS..."THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE" SURELY HAS MORE MATERIAL!!!!!
tobbens

tobbens

January 4, 2012
where is the machine gun blues single??

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