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Social Distortion

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Social Distortion
Social-Distortion Cologne.jpg
Genre(s) Punk Rock
Years Active 1979-present
Origin Orange County, California
Influenced By Ramones, The Clash, early blues, Hank Williams
Label(s) Posh Boy, Time Bomb, Sony, Epic
Official Website

Social Distortion is a punk band from Orange County, California. They have been active since 1979 and have released seven studio albums, as well as one live and one greatest hits album. With several lineup changes, the band's only mainstay has been singer/lead guitar player Mike Ness. The original rhythm guitar player, Dennis Danell, passed away in 2000 of heart failure.[1]

Social Distortion was one of the main subjects of the 1982 documentary film Another State of Mind, which took its name from one of the band's songs.

The band is most famous for their singles Story of My Life, Ball and Chain, and the cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire.


Band Members

Current Members

Past Members

  • Ron Emory: guitar (2005-2006) - Filled in for Ness on guitar while he nursed a broken wrist. Emory plays in the California-based band TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty).
  • Dennis Danell (deceased): bass, guitar (1979-2000) - Died of heart failure
  • John Maurer: bass (1983-2004) - Left the band to spend time with family
  • Frank Agnew: guitar (1978-1979) - Formed (with his brother Rikk and Royer) the Adolescents
  • Rikk Agnew: guitar (1978-1979) - Formed (with his brother Frank and Royer) the Adolescents
  • Timothy Maag: bass (1978-1979)
  • Casey Royer: drums (1978-1981) - Formed (with the Agnew brothers) the Adolescents
  • Brent Liles (deceased): bass (1981-1984) - Later played with California surf-punk band Agent Orange. Died after being hit by a truck in 2007.
  • Derek O'Brien: drums (1981-1984) - Currently plays with The Adolescents, and played in Agent Orange with Liles.
  • Bob Stubbs: drums (1983-1984)
  • Chris Reese: drums (1984-1994)
  • Randy Carr (deceased): drums (1994-1995) - Died from Cushing's syndrome (a hormone disorder) in 2002.
  • Chuck Biscuits: drums (1995-2000) - Played drums with several musical acts, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC, Black Flag, Danzig, Samhain, and ending with Social Distortion.
  • Matt Freeman: bass (2004-2005) - bass player for Rancid, filled in after Maurer left the band. Also played with Operation Ivy.
  • Deen Castronovo: drums (1995-1996) - Has played with numerous acts, including Ozzy Osbourne, Journey, Bad English, and Steve Vai.
  • Charlie Quintana: drums (2000-2009) - Recently left the band to "explore other musical opportunities".[2]



Album Year
Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes 2011
Greatest Hits 2007
S-x, Love and Rock n' Roll 2004
Live At The Roxy 1998
White Light, White Heat, White Trash 1996
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell 1992
Social Distortion 1990
Prison Bound 1986
Mommy's Little Monster 1983

The band's logo, known as "Skellie", is a fedora wearing skeleton holding a martini glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other. This logo adorns the band's backdrop tapestry at live performances, as well as most of its merchandise.


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