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Social Distortion is a punk band from Orange County (part of the Los Angeles metro area), fronted by Mike Ness. The band was formed in 1978 with Mike Ness, Rikk and Frank Agnew, and Casey Royer. The band got their name when Royer gave Ness his distortion pedal because, as Royer recalled, "back then he was no good."

He got a high-school buddy of his, Dennis Danell, to join in, even though Danell said he never played an instrument before in his life. When he joined, the others left to join a different band called The Adolescents. Ness and Danell remained the only two founding members of the band until Danell died of a brain aneurysm in 2000.

They got plenty of radio airplay thanks to Rodney Bingenheimer, who was a radio DJ in Orange County, taking a liking to them, and to this day, Social Distortion is one of the best-selling punk acts of all time.


  • 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 (2011)

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