Social Distortion

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Social Distortion

Left to right: Harding, Hidalgo, Ness, and Wickersham in 2011
Background information
Also known as Social D
Origin Fullerton, California, United States
Genres Punk rock, cowpunk[1][2]
Years active 1978–1985, 1986–present
Labels 13th Floor, Posh Boy, Restless, Epic, Time Bomb, Epitaph
Associated acts The Adolescents, Agent Orange, D.I., D.O.A., Danzig, Rancid, The Lewd, Angels & Airwaves, The Offspring, China White,[3] Shattered Faith[3]
Mike Ness
Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham
Brent Harding
David Hidalgo, Jr.
Past members
Dennis Danell
Rikk Agnew
Eddie Livingston
Frank Agnew
Tom Corvin
Tim Maag
John "Carrot" Stevenson
Tim Maag
Brent Liles
John Maurer
Matt Freeman
Casey Royer
Bob Stubbs
Chris Reece
Randy Carr
Chuck Biscuits
Derek O'Brien
Charlie Quintana
Adam "Atom" Willard
Scott Reeder

Social Distortion is a punk/alternative group. They formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978 by the leader and only permanent member, singer/guitarist Mike Ness.[4]

Social Distortion has released a total of seven studio albums. Their two first albums were not very successful. When Social Distortion signed to Epic Records in 1989, Social Distortion's third album, which is self-titled, became a mainstream success, with the singles "Let It Be Me", "Ball and Chain", "Ring of Fire", "Sick Boys" and "Story of My Life" all bringing the band exposure on the United States charts.[5] It was the band's first album to appear on the top 200 on the Billboard music chart in the United States. Their next album, 1992's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, was also successful and spawned the band's biggest hit "Bad Luck", which peaked at number 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, marking the highest initial charting single in Social Distortion's career.[6] White Light, White Heat, White Trash was their fifth and last major label album and was released four years later.[4] The album peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200, which made it the band's highest chart position yet, and featured their only Billboard Hot 100 single "I Was Wrong".[7]

After the release of White Light, White Heat, White Trash, Social Distortion went on an extended hiatus when Ness went solo. Tragedy struck on February 29, 2000 when their longtime guitarist Dennis Danell died from a brain anyuerism at the age of 38. Following his death, Social Distortion considered disbanding, but decided to continue on with a new guitarist, Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham, who would stay with the band permanently. From 2001 to 2004, the band had been touring semi-frequently, playing sold-out shows in the Los Angeles, California area and other cities, and had not released their sixth album until the fall of 2004. The resulting album, Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll,[8] was another success and their second album to peak in the top 40 of the Billboard 200, at number 31 and its lead single, "Reach for the Sky", became one of Social Distortion's biggest hits in the fall of 2004. As of 2009, Social Distortion is still together, and released a new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, in January 2011.[9] It peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard.[10]

Members[change | edit source]

Current[change | edit source]

  • Mike Ness – vocals, guitars (since 1978)
  • Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham – guitars (since 2000)
  • Brent Harding – bass (since 2004)
  • Scott Reeder – drums (since 2010)

Past[change | edit source]

  • Tom Corvin – vocals (1978)
  • Rikk Agnew – guitars (1978-1980)
  • Frank Agnew – guitars (1978-1980)
  • Timothy Maag – guitars (1978-1980)
  • Dennis Danell – bass (1979-1981) & guitars (1981-2000)
  • Brent Liles – bass (1981-1984)
  • John Maurer – bass (1984-2004)
  • Matt Freeman – bass (2004)
  • Casey Royer – drums (1978-1980)
  • Derek O'Brein – drums (1981-1984)
  • Bob Stubbs - drums (1984-1984)
  • Chris Reece – drums (1984-1994)
  • Randy Carr – drums (1994-1995)
  • Chuck Biscuits – drums (1996-2000)
  • Charlie Quintana – drums (2000-2009)
  • Adam "Atom" Willard - drums (2009-2010)

Discography[change | edit source]

Their full-length albums include:

They have also released two compilation albums:

References[change | edit source]

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