Left to right: Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, Charlie Quintana, and Mike Ness. It's almost like a Bob Dylan/Bruce Springsteen/Johnny Cash kind of feel with a punk edge ... but acoustic. 277.4k Followers, 51 Following, 551 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Social Distortion (@socialdistortion) That's really what it comes down to. Social Distortion released their first Greatest Hits album in June 2007, containing re-recordings of pre-2004 material as well as an unreleased track called "Far Behind". The success was just beginning and, in fact, taking time between albums became a pattern for Social Distortion. The discography of Social Distortion, a Southern California-based punk rock band formed in 1978 by vocalist/guitarist and founder Mike Ness, contains seven studio albums, one extended play (EP), two compilation albums, two DVDs and twenty-four singles. Prior to the release of that album, longtime bassist John Maurer, who had remained with the band for 20 years, decided to leave Social Distortion and Rancid's Matt Freeman replaced him on tour for a few months and then the band hired their current bassist Brent Harding. performing Machine Gun Blues and Story of My Life.[45]. The album included then-newcomers John Maurer on bass and Christopher Reece on drums. Lead singer of punk rock band Social Distortion, Mike Ness, just signed a deal with Concord Music Publishing that covers his solo work in addition … Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell surpassed all their previous albums in popularity. Featured peformers: Dave Jerden (producer, engineer, mixing engineer), Mike Ness (vocals, lead guitar), Dennis Danell (rhythm guitar), John Maurer (bass guitar, backing … Social Distortion's musical style began as decidedly punk rock when the band formed in the late 1970s. In April 2009, Social Distortion announced that Quintana was leaving the band to explore other musical opportunities. The fourth album, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, was released in 1992. Upon its return from the Another State of Mind tour in 1982, they recorded their debut album, Mommy's Little Monster. Garrett was succeeded by Rikk Agnew. Ness acknowledges in a 2003 interview that it is a little backward, marketing-wise, to play songs for the fans for a few years before recording them—but it has always worked well for them. "[26][27], Quintana's replacement was announced as Angels & Airwaves drummer Adam "Atom" Willard, formerly of Rocket from the Crypt and The Offspring.[26][27]. The album also included a re-recorded version of "Under My Thumb", a cover of the Rolling Stones, as a hidden track. So I've got to raise the bar. EK 46055; CD). [24], Social Distortion released its first Greatest Hits compilation on June 26, 2007. [49] In an August 2011, interview at his home in Los Angeles, Ness said that he did not want "too many years to go by before the next Social D record. [21] The album also features the singles "When the Angels Sing," which is said to be a tribute to Ness's grandmother, who was an avid supporter of the band,[21] and "Don't Drag Me Down". [28], In July 2009, Ness revealed to Russian's Tarakany! After debating whether to break up, or to move on with a new guitarist, Ness decided to hire a new guitarist, Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham, who would stay with the band permanently. All of Social Distortion's songs are written and sung by Mike Ness. The self-titled album fared better than both Mommy's Little Monster and Prison Bound, and is often credited as Social Distortion's best known work, with sales continuing 30 years after its release. After 43 years of performing, Social Distortion continues to tour and record music. Social Distortion is an album that is greatly boosted by its lyrics, which make the album a lot more timeless and extraordinary than it already is. On the origins of the band's name, Royer recalled "Mike was like 15, trying to play guitar but he couldn't. Since 2001, due to the band's ongoing tour schedule, the album's release was put on hold several times. Rerecording these songs allowed the band to own rights to them again, instead of Epic (their former label) owning them. Social Distortion was formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California by frontman Mike Ness and the original lineup consisted of Ness on lead guitar, Rikk Agnew on bass, Frank Agnew on … During this time, the band played with various other bands, including Versus the World, Tsar, Shooter Jennings, I Hate Kate, the Black Halos, Flogging Molly, Nine Black Alps, Supersuckers, Blackpool Lights, the Lost City Angels, the Street Dogs, the Backyard Babies, the Hangmen, the Eyeliners, Cooper, the Stun Gunz, Mest, Bullets and Octane, and the Dead 60s. Mike and Dennis remained the only constant members for the next two decades with bass and drum members changing every few years. In September 2004, Social Distortion issued their long-awaited sixth album Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, which was their second album to peak in the top 40 of the Billboard 200, at number 31. Then of course, it's hard to get back and write a record. The album included two hit singles—"Bad Luck", and "When She Begins". While the band still failed to break into the mainstream success at the time of its release, critical praise given to Prison Bound garnered attention from major labels, including Epic Records, with whom Social Distortion would eventually sign in 1989. Mommy's Little Monster includes the title track as well as the song for which the previous tour was named, "Anoth… "[55] In an June 2018 interview with Edmonton Journal, Ness said, "I've put a few new songs in the set just to let people know that we're not sitting on our asses at home. Ness stated, "Although this record is out, I'm going to continue the process of writing so maybe there won't be such a large gap between records. After Danell's death, the band continued touring semi-frequently, playing sold-out shows in the Los Angeles area around the New Year for three straight years. Social Distortion went on a temporary hiatus in the mid-1980s, due to Ness's drug addiction and troubles with the law which resulted in extended stints in various rehabilitation centers that lasted for two years. There are references to Cash and the Stones in the songs "Prison Bound" and "On My Nerves. They released two albums — Mommy's Little Monster (1983) and Prison Bound (1988) — before signing a three-album contract with Epic Records in 1989. In 1997, Social Distortion terminated their contract with Epic and decided to stay on TimeBomb Recordings, who reissued their first two albums and released the Mainliner compilation two years earlier. In a March 2017 interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ness revealed that the band has about 20 new songs in various stages of completion, and said that they range from garage punk to the gospel-inspired. We got storied frontman Mike Ness to pick his 10 favourite songs from his 36-year career…GHOST TOWN BLUES (Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell, 1992) There’s certain songs that stand out more than others to me, that I like more … He stated that the band were banking on a 2016 release date and that some songs that he considered to be filler were getting praise from his bandmates,[52]. This was the album that "gained the band a national name in punk circles".[7]. In 1983, Liles and O'Brien left the band in the middle of a show on New Year's Eve, and were replaced soon thereafter by Ness' high school friend John Maurer and a man named Bob Stubbs. I was lucky to play on two Social D records and the second solo album, and I am proud to have been part of the band. I'm really trying to be a little bit more disciplined. [23] Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, released on September 28, 2004, would be the band's first release with Wickersham and Quintana. [42], At a show in Poughkeepsie, New York on July 27, 2010, frontman Mike Ness revealed that the new Social Distortion album would be called Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. [8] Many of their later albums, including their second gold record[8] Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992), were also well received. Year Title Artist Rating Releases; 1983: Another State of Mind: Social Distortion: 2: 1990: Ball And Chain: Social Distortion: ... Social Distortion: 1: EP. The band took another hiatus after the release of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, and did not return to the studio until 1995. We apologise for any inconvenience to our Australian fans and hope to make it there as soon as possible. [58] Social Distortion have influenced bands such as Pennywise, Face to Face, Green Day, Rise Against, Blink-182, Pearl Jam, Rancid, the Offspring, Volbeat and Thrice. Greatest Hits (2007) SOCIAL DISTORTION (Orange County, California, US.