Wednesday, June 12, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Social Distortion

Artist:Social Distortion
Song:Story Of My Life
Album:Greatest Hits

Social Distortion started out as a late 70s punk band. But they are probably best remembered for early 90s recordings like Story Of My Life, Ball and Chain and their cover of Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire. The band is from Fullerton, CA in Orange County. Lead singer and main songwriter Mike Ness formed Social Distortion in 1978 with bassist Dennis Danell who he knew in high school. The band had a revolving door of members over the next couple of years. Bassist John Maurer and drummer Christopher Reece both joined in 1984 and that was Social Distortion's lineup for the next ten years. The band's progress was delayed by Mike Ness's heroin addiction. In the mid-80s he spent time in rehab and jail. Ness successfully kicked his heroin addiction in 1985 and was in the band Easter for two years. Social Distortion reformed in 1988 and their album Prison Bound earned them a contract with Epic Records. Their major label debut Social Distortion was released in 1990 and was produced by recording engineer turned producer Dave Jerden. With college radio hits like Story Of My Life, Ball and Chain and Ring Of Fire, Social Distortion broke through to a larger audience. Their music now was a mix of punk and country known as Cowpunk. Their 1992 CD Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell also did well. Christopher Reece left in 1994 and they had some difficulty replacing him and eventually settled on former Danzig drummer Chuck Biscuits. After the release of their 1996 CD White Light, White Heat, White Trash, Social Distortion left Epic and released a live CD in 1997. This comp is a good intro to their music. Mike Ness recorded two solo CDs. Dennis Danell died of a brain aneurysm on Feb. 29, 2000 at age 38. Ness continues to lead Social Distortion today. Their latest CD was released in 2011 and they are currently working on a new CD. Here's the video for Story Of My life by Social Distortion.

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