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USA punk band from LA

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The Adolescents are an American punk rock band formed in 1980 in Fullerton, California. It is a punk supergroup, made up of early members of Agent Orange and Social Distortion. They are often credited as one of the leading bands of the 1980s hardcore punk scene.

For more than 30 years after its inception, the Adolescents have had many member changes. The band broke up and reformed twice, sometimes with different guitarists, bass players and/or drummers. Their first break up was sometime after the release of their 1981 self-titled debut release, which is often considered an influential punk rock album, when some members of the band were involved in their own projects, including Agent Orange and D.I.. However, the Adolescents reunited in 1986 and released two more albums (Brats in Battalions in 1987 and Balboa Fun*Zone in 1988) before splitting up again in 1989. After a short-lived reunion in 1994, the band reunited for a third time in 2001 for a 20th anniversary tour and have continued performing ever since. They released OC Confidential, their first studio album in 17 years in 2005, followed by 2011's album The Fastest Kid Alive.

The band has influenced many notable punk rock, alternative and hard rock/metal groups, including Bad Religion, NOFX, Face to Face, Good Riddance, The Offspring, Pennywise, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fu Manchu, Mudhoney, Blink-182 and The Vandals.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Adolescents 1 9
1987 Brats in Battalions 1 2
1988 Balboa Fun Zone 3 1
2005 OC Confidential 1
2011 The Fastest Kid Alive 1
2013 Presumed Insolent 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2005 Naughty Women in Black Sweaters: The Complete Demos 1980-1986 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 Live 1981 and 1986 Live 2 1
1997 Return to the Black Hole Live 1
2004 Live at the House of Blues Live 4 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Welcome to Reality 1
2003 Unwrap and Blow Me 1

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