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Social Distortion


The enduring L.A. punk music group Social Distortion offers overcome numerous staff shifts, the demise from the LA hardcore picture that spawned them, as well as the heroin dependency of vocalist/guitarist/bandleader Mike Ness to accomplish a measure mainstream approval for his or her rootsy, hard-hitting punk without bargain. Inspired from the fertile L.A. punk picture, Ness created the group in 1978 with drummer Casey Royer and brothers Frank (bass) and Rikk Agnew (acoustic guitar). Once the brothers remaining to become listed on the Children, Ness’ schoolmate Dennis Danell became a member of on bass; another few years noticed a revolving-door regular membership. Once the group finally documented its debut recording, Mommy’s Small Monster in 1983, the music group contains Ness, Danell (right now on acoustic guitar), bassist Brent Liles, and drummer Derek O’Brien. Their music was frequently referred to as a punk edition of the Moving Rocks, and “Another Mind-set” was mostly of the punk video clips to air flow on MTV in 1984. Nevertheless, the band required four years to record a follow-up, as Ness descended into heroin dependency and self-consciously rebellious behavior. Liles and O’Brien remaining, and Ness, after styling himself out, finally regrouped in 1988 with John Maurer on bass and Chris Reece on drums. This lineup documented Prison Bound, an adult album broadening Sociable Distortion’s roots rock and roll influences having a nation experience. Their self-titled 1990 work included a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Band of Open fire” and came back the group to MTV via “Ball and String.” SOMEWHERE WITHIN Heaven and Hell became their most widely used album up to now, producing a small radio strike in “MISFORTUNE” and maintaining their now-established mixture of punk, blues, nation, and rockabilly. Sociable Distortion took a protracted hiatus following a release of SOMEWHERE WITHIN Heaven and Hell, coming back in 1996 with White colored Light, White Warmth, White Garbage, which became a moderate strike on MTV and modern-rock radio; previous Dark Flag and D.O.A. drummer Chuck Biscuits produced his debut in the album, following departure of Reece. Live on the Roxy implemented in 1998, along with a season later Ness released a set of single albums, Cheating at Solitaire as well as the addresses collection Beneath the Affects. Danell died Feb 29, 2000 of the apparent human brain aneurysm; the guitarist was simply 38-years-old. In nov 2000, Jonny Wickersham agreed upon on because the group’s brand-new guitarist, and Charlie Quintana had taken over on drums in the often active Biscuits. After comprehensive touring, the music group went back in to the studio room in 2004 to record Sex, Like and Rock and roll ‘n’ Move. Another six years approved before Sociable D came back to recording. Made by Mike Ness himself, 2011’s glossy-but-muscular CRISIS and Nursery Rhymes presented a fresh lineup, with bassist Brent Harding as well as the child of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, drummer David Hidalgo Jr. becoming a member of Wickersham and Ness.

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Full Name Social Distortion
Music Songs Ball & Chain, Reach for the Sky, Bad Luck, I Was Wrong, Ring of Fire, Story of My Life, Don't Drag Me Down, When the Angels Sing, Machine Gun Blues, Angel’s Wings, Don’t Take Me for Granted, Cold Feelings, Far Behind, Let It Be Me, Sick Boys, When She Begins, Another State of Mind, Footprints on My Ceiling, Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown, Making Believe, Prison Bound, Under My Thumb, She's a Knockout, Drug Train, 99 to Life, Telling Them, King of Fools, Sometimes I Do, Through These Eyes, This Time Darlin', Born to Lose, Dear Lover
Albums Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, Mommy's Little Monster, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, White Light, White Heat, White Trash, Prison Bound, Social Distortion, Live at the Roxy, Greatest Hits, Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past, Original Album Classics

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1 The band has finished recording "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes", their first album since 2004. A November release date is expected. [August 2010]
2 Currently gearing up for their follow-up to "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll". [April 2006]
3 Matt Freeman is no longer in Social D. and his replacement is Brent Harding, who was part of Mike Ness' solo project. [February 2005]
4 Announced on their official website that they are on tour again until the end of the year. [October 2007]
5 Announced that there will be a "Greatest Hits" album to be released in June, containing one never released track "Far Behind", which was originally intended to appear on the follow-up to "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll". [May 2007]
6 The new album, "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll", is released. This is their first studio recording since 1996's "White Light White Heat White Trash" and it marks their first album without longtime guitarist Dennis Dannell, who passed away in 2000. [September 2004]
7 Longtime bassist John Maurer leaves the band and his replacement is Matt Freeman from Rancid. [August 2004]
8 Just finished touring and they plan to start recording their new album sometime around early 2007. [November 2006]
9 Past members of the band are: Rikk Agnew (guitar, 1979-1980), Frank Agnew (guitar, 1979-1980), Dennis Danell (bass, 1979-1981/guitar, 1981-2000), Timothy Maag (bass, 1979) Brent Liles (bass, 1981-1984), John Maurer (bass, 1984-2004), Matt Freeman (bass, 2004-2005), Casey Royer (drums, 1979-1981), Derek O'Brein (drums, 1981-1984), Bob Stubbs (drums, 1984), Chris Reece (drums, 1984-1994), Randy Carr (drums, 1994-1995), Deen Castronovo (drums, 1995-1996), Chuck Biscuits (drums, 1996-1999) and Charlie Quintana (drums, 1999-2009).
10 (As of 2009) Current members of the band are: Mike Ness (guitar, vocals), Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham (guitar), Brent Harding (bass) and Atom Willard (drums).
11 Their hit single, "Story of My Life", has been played in many movies, such as Reality Bites (1994), Orange County (2002), Life or Something Like It (2002) and The Break-Up (2006).
12 Are considered one of the most successful punk bands from California, along with Bad Religion, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Green Day, NOFX, The Offspring, Pennywise and Rancid.
13 (To date) Released six full-length studio albums: "Mommy's Little Monster" (1983), "Prison Bound" (1988), "Social Distortion" (1990), "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" (1992), "White Light White Heat White Trash" (1996) and "Sex, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll" (2004). They also released one compilation album, "Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past" (1995), and one live album, "Live at the Roxy" (1998).
14 Are very well known for their hit singles "Ball and Chain" and "Story of My Life" (both from the "Social Distortion" (1990) album).
15 (February 29, 2000) Longtime guitarist Dennis Danell passed away from brain aneurysm, leaving Mike Ness the only constant member of the band. Current guitarist Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham would be Danell's replacement.
16 Formed by longtime vocalist/guitarist Mike Ness.



Constantine 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kill the Messenger 2014 performer: "Ball and Chain"
Free Birds 2013 performer: "Up Around The Bend"
Royal Rumble 2011 TV Special performer: "Machine Gun Blues"
Conan 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Metallica 2009 Video Game performer: "Mommy's Little Monster" / writer: "Mommy's Little Monster"
The Shield 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bones 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Punk's Not Dead 2007 Documentary performer: "Telling Them"
The Break-Up 2006 performer: "Story of My Life Live"
Reunion 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jarhead 2005 performer: "Ball and Chain"
Lords of Dogtown 2005 performer: "Death or Glory"
Smallville 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tony Hawk's Underground 2003 Video Game performer: "Mommy's Little Monster"
Push, Nevada 2002 TV Series 1 episode
Life or Something Like It 2002 performer: "Story of My Life Live"
Orange County 2002 performer: "Story of My Life"
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2000 Video Game performer: "Don't Drag Me Down"
Snowriders II 1997 Documentary performer: "Don't Drag Me Down"
Reality Bites 1994 performer: "Story Of My Life"
Du-beat-e-o 1984 performer: "Hour Of Darkness", "Creeps", "It's Not A Pretty Picture"



Social Distortion: Machine Gun Blues 2011 Video short Blood and Sorrow Gang (uncredited)



Social Distortion: Machine Gun Blues 2011 Video short



Conan 2011 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2010 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Punk's Not Dead 2007 Documentary Themselves

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