SOCIAL DISTORTION FACTS:
Members: Mike Ness, Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo, Jr.
Genre: Punk rock, Hardcore punk
Hometown: Fullerton, California
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); Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll (2004); Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (2010)
Hits: "Let It Be Me", "Bad Luck", "I Was Wrong"
Other: Band boasts over 16 former members.
Social Distortion was among the first punk bands when it was formed in Fullerton, California, in the late 1970s, and despite a career filled with ups and downs, the band has remained a mainstay in the American music scene with a number of well-known singles and a unique sound that has made them among the most influential punk rock bands of the last 30 years.
The band got its start in 1978 and frontman Mike Ness was looking to form a band after being inspired by British bands such as the Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones. He teamed up with Dennis Danell on bass as well as a trio of other musicians and released the group's first single, "Mainliner/Playpen." The track earned a substantial amount of play on local Orange County radio stations after its 1981 release. A local disc jockey liked their sound, and thanks to the exposure garnered from their first couple singles, the group - now consisting of a different lineup joining Ness and Danell - embarked on their first tour in 1982.
After touring, Social Distortion began work on their first studio album, Mommy's Little Monster. The album was released in 1983 and earned the group national exposure as well as a rise in popularity in punk circles across the United States. One of the songs from the album, "Another State of Mind," has remained one of the band's most popular songs, and was even covered by Green Day on the band's most recent album, 21st Century Breakdown.
Due to a number of personal issues, Ness was forced to leave the band in 1985 and Social Distorition briefly disbanded. However, Ness returned in 1986 and Social Distorition released their second album, Prison Bound, soon after. While it earned significant praise among critics, it was not until their third self-titled album, released in 1990, that they earned mainstream success with the song "Story of My Life." The band released a fourth and fifth album by 1996, until tragedy struck with the sudden death of Danell in 2000.
Despite the fact Danell passed away, Social Distortion did not dissolve, and in 2004 Ness and the band reemerged with their sixth album, Sex Love and Rock and Roll. Although the album was moderately successful, it would be another six years before they would announce another album. Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, their seventh production, is expected to be released in late 2010.