Social Distortion

Social Distortion is a California punk rock band from Fullerton. Formed in 1978, the group’s current lineup consisted of Mike Ness, lead guitar and lead vocals; Jonny “two bags” Wickersham, rhythm guitar, backup vocals; Brent Harding, bass, backup vocals; David Hidalgo, drums, percussion; and David Kalish, keyboards and Hammond organ. The band has had a revolving lineup of musicians, with Ness being the only constant.

Social Distortion went on temporary hiatus in the mid-‘80s due to Ness’ ongoing trouble with the law, as well as his substance abuse and stints at rehabilitation facilities. Regardless of those uncertain times, the band has a strong 38-year history of performing live and recording music.

Between the years 1983 and 2011, the band released several albums, including a live album and two compilations. These releases include Mommy’s Little Monster in 1983, Prison Bound in 1988, Social Distortion in 1990, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell in 1992, White Light, White Heat, White Trash in 1996, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll in 2004, and Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes in 2011. Social Distortion is considered one of the pioneer original Southern California punk bands from Orange County. The band credits several musical influences that helped shape its sound. These include such notable artists as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Eddie Cochran, The Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and New York Dolls.

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