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Fueled by "rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing and food," the Descendents sprang up during the halcyon days of the Los Angeles punk scene; fusing the blind rage of hardcore with an unexpectedly wry, self-deprecating wit and a strong melodic sensibility that set them distinctly apart from their West Coast brethren, they gradually emerged as one of the most enduring and adored bands of their time. Formed in 1979, the Descendents' first lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Frank Navetta, vocalist/bassist Tony Lombardo, and drummer Bill Stevenson; initially sporting an edgy power pop sound inspired by the Buzzcocks, the group issued a debut single, "Ride the Wild," and then promptly vanished from sight. When the Descendents resurfaced in 1981, they were a four-piece fronted by vocalist Milo Auckerman, a beloved figure within the hardcore community who infused the group's identity with both unmitigated teen angst and a healthy dose of goofball humor. Amid a relentless, caffeine-powered touring schedule, the Descendents found time to record the 1981 EP Fat, a collection spotlighting both Auckerman's affection for fast food ("Weinerschnitzel," "I Like Food") and distaste for parental guidance ("My Dad Sucks"). A year later, the group issued its debut LP, Milo Goes to College; despite the considerable levity of tracks like "Bikeage" and "Suburban Home," the title was no joke -- Auckerman was indeed headed off to study biochemistry, and when Stevenson joined the ranks of Black Flag, the Descendents went on sabbatical. In 1985, the group re-formed, with SWA alum Ray Cooper replacing Navetta on guitar; after the release of the more pop-flavored album I Don't Want to Grow Up, ex-Anti bassist Doug Carrion assumed Lombardo's duties. A sunnier perspective informed 1986's Enjoy!, as evidenced by the inclusion of a cover of the Beach Boys' "Wendy," but after 1987's All, the group split again; after Stevenson formed a new group, also dubbed All, the only Descendents products to appear for a number of years were a pair of live releases, 1987's Liveage! and 1989's Hallraker. Somewhat surprisingly, Auckerman and Stevenson re-formed the Descendents in 1996 with All bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton; in addition to mounting a tour, the group recorded a new album, Everything Sucks. Following the tour, Auckerman once again returned to his life in the chem lab until 2004 when the guys were back with two new releases, both issued on Fat Wreck -- February brought the EP 'Merican, and the full-length Cool to Be You followed a month later. For the following decade, they would remain relatively quiet, save for a few significant events. In 2008, founding guitarist Frank Navetta unexpectedly passed away. The band also reunited for a few gigs in 2010, but it wasn't permanent. The Descendents returned in 2016 with Hypercaffium Spazzinate, their first new studio material in 12 years. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Descendents

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    21 songs

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    Hypercaffium Spazzinate [Deluxe]

    14 songs

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    Cool to Be You

    15 songs

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    Milo Goes to College

    15 songs

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    Everything Sucks

    13 songs

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    All

    14 songs

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    I Don't Want to Grow Up

    5 songs

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    'Merican [EP]

    1 song

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    Without Love

    1 song

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    Victim of Me

    28 songs

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    Somery

    8 songs

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    Bonus Fat

    20 songs

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    Liveage!

    15 songs

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    Hallraker: Live!

    12 songs

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    All

    1 song

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    I'm the One

    23 songs

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    Two Things at Once (Milo Goes to College/Bonus Fat)

    13 songs

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    All

    12 songs

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    Enjoy!

    5 songs

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    Fat


Top Songs by
Descendents

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  2.   I'm the One
  3.   Hope
  4.   Bikeage
  5.   Silly Girl
  6.   Suburban Home
  7.   I'm Not a Punk
  8.   Sour Grapes
  9.   Myage
  10.   Clean Sheets
  11.   I'm Not a Loser
  12.   Descendents
  13.   Good Good Things
  14.   Sick-O-Me
  15.   Rotting Out
  16.   Kabuki Girl
  17.   We
  18.   She Loves Me
  19.   'Merican
  20.   Nothing with You
  21.   Victim of Me
  22.   Marriage
  23.   Weinerschnitzel
  24.   Pervert
  25.   Hey Hey
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