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USA punk band from LA

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The Adolescents are an American punk rock band formed in Fullerton, California in 1980. Part of the hardcore punk movement in southern California in the early 1980s, they were one of the main punk acts to emerge from Orange County, along with their peers in Agent Orange and Social Distortion. Founding bassist Steve Soto has been the sole constant member of the band since its inception, with singer Tony Reflex being in the group for all but one album.

During the 1980s the band went through several lineup changes, breakups, and reunions, most involving drummer Casey Royer and guitarist brothers Rikk, Frank and Alfie Agnew. During that decade, they released three albums: Adolescents (1981), Brats in Battalions (1987) and Balboa Fun*Zone (1988), the latter without Reflex, then broke up in April 1988. Most of the members remained active in other musical projects, and a reunion of most of the early members in 2001 resulted in the comeback album OC Confidential (2005). Soto and Reflex have been the band's only constant members and primary songwriters since then, anchoring lineups which have released four more studio albums: The Fastest Kid Alive (2011), Presumed Insolent (2013), La Vendetta... (2014) and Manifest Density (2016).

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Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Adolescents 1 8
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
2014 La Vendetta... 2
2016 Manifest Density 1

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

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


Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Welcome to Reality 1
2003 Unwrap and Blow Me 1
2012 American Dogs in Europe 1

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