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The enduring L.A. punk band Social Distortion has overcome numerous personnel shifts, the demise of the Los Angeles hardcore scene that spawned them, and the heroin addiction of singer/guitarist/bandleader Mike Ness to achieve a measure mainstream acceptance for their rootsy, hard-hitting punk without compromise. Inspired by the fertile L.A. punk scene, Ness formed the group in 1978 with drummer Casey Royer and brothers Frank (bass) and Rikk Agnew (guitar). When the brothers left to join the Adolescents, Ness' schoolmate Dennis Danell joined on bass; the next few years saw a revolving-door membership. When the group finally recorded its debut album, Mommy's Little Monster in 1983, the band consisted of Ness, Danell (now on guitar), bassist Brent Liles, and drummer Derek O'Brien. Their music was often described as a punk version of the Rolling Stones, and "Another State of Mind" was one of the few punk videos to air on MTV in 1984. However, the band took four years to record a follow-up, as Ness descended into heroin addiction and self-consciously rebellious behavior. Liles and O'Brien left, and Ness, after straightening himself out, finally regrouped in 1988 with John Maurer on bass and Chris Reece on drums. This lineup recorded Prison Bound, a mature album broadening Social Distortion's roots rock influences with a country feel. Their self-titled 1990 effort included a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and returned the group to MTV via "Ball and Chain." Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell became their most popular album to date, producing a minor radio hit in "Bad Luck" and keeping with their now-established blend of punk, blues, country, and rockabilly. Social Distortion took an extended hiatus following the release of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, returning in 1996 with White Light, White Heat, White Trash, which proved to be a moderate hit on MTV and modern-rock radio; former Black Flag and D.O.A. drummer Chuck Biscuits made his debut on the album, following the departure of Reece. Live at the Roxy followed in 1998, and a year later Ness issued a pair of solo albums, Cheating at Solitaire and the covers collection Under the Influences. Danell died February 29, 2000 of an apparent brain aneurysm; the guitarist was just 38-years-old. In the fall of 2000, Jonny Wickersham signed on as the group's new guitarist, and Charlie Quintana took over on drums from the often busy Biscuits. After extensive touring, the band went back into the studio in 2004 to record Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll. Another six years passed before Social D returned to recording. Produced by Mike Ness himself, 2011's glossy-but-muscular Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes featured a new lineup, with bassist Brent Harding and the son of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, drummer David Hidalgo Jr. joining Wickersham and Ness. ~ Steve Huey
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Ball and Chain
  3.   Ring Of Fire
  4.   Story of My Life
  5.   I Was Wrong
  6.   Bad Luck
  7.   Prison Bound
  8.   Mommy's Little Monster
  9.   Sick Boys
  10.   Far Behind
  11.   When She Begins
  12.   Cold Feelings
  13.   Machine Gun Blues
  14.   Reach For The Sky
  15.   Mainliner
  16.   The Creeps
  17.   1945
  18.   Indulgence
  19.   Under My Thumb
  20.   It Coulda Been Me
  21.   So Far Away
  22.   Angels Wings
  23.   King of Fools
  24.   California (Hustle and Flow)
  25.   Let It Be Me
  26.   Don't Drag Me Down
  27.   Winners and Losers
  28.   Untitled
  29.   Another State of Mind
  30.   Highway 101
  31.   When the Angels Sing
  32.   Playpen
  33.   Still Alive
  34.   Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown
  35.   Bakersfield
  36.   [Untitled]
  37.   All the Answers
  38.   Telling Them
  39.   I Won't Run No More
  40.   Diamond in the Rough
  41.   Alone and Forsaken
  42.   Down on the World Again
  43.   Lawless
  44.   Moral Threat
  45.   Mass Hysteria
  46.   Maybeline
  47.   Lonesome Train
  48.   Writing on the Wall
  49.   Live Before You Die
  50.   Nickels and Dimes
  51.   I Wasn't Born to Follow
  52.   Footprints on My Ceiling
  53.   Ghost Town Blues
  54.   This Time Darlin'
  55.   Sometimes I Do
  56.   Pleasure Seeker
  57.   Crown of Thorns
  58.   Dear Lover
  59.   Drug Train
  60.   A Place in My Heart
  61.   I Want What I Want
  62.   Backstreet Girl
  63.   It Wasn't a Pretty Picture
  64.   Justice for All
  65.   Take Care of Yourself
  66.   Far Side of Nowhere
  67.   Faithless
  68.   Don't Take Me For Granted
  69.   Down Here
  70.   She's a Knockout
  71.   Like an Outlaw (For You)
  72.   No Pain No Gain
  73.   Anti-Fashion
  74.   Hour of Darkness
  75.   Can't Take It With You
  76.   99 to Life
  77.   Bye Bye Baby
  78.   Born to Lose
  79.   Making Believe
  80.   Gotta Know the Rules
  81.   Through These Eyes
  82.   Lost Child
  83.   On My Nerves
  84.   It's the Law
  85.   Road Zombie
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