Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness (lead vocals, lead guitar), Jonny Wickersham (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Brent Harding (bass, backing vocals), David Hidalgo, Jr. (drums), and David Kalish (keyboards).

Social Distortion went on a temporary hiatus in the mid-1980s, due to frontman Ness' drug addiction and troubles with the law which resulted in extended stints in various rehabilitation centers that lasted for two years. Since its inception, the band lineup has been a virtual revolving-door of talent with many members coming and going – Ness has been the only constant member. After 38 years of performing, Social Distortion continues to tour and record music.

To date, Social Distortion has released seven full-length studio albums, two compilations, one live album, and two DVDs. They released two albums — Mommy's Little Monster (1983) and Prison Bound (1988) — before signing a three-album contract with Epic Records in 1989. Social Distortion rose to fame with their 1990 self-titled third album, which produced their well-known hit singles "Ball and Chain", "Story of My Life", and the cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire", and was certified gold by RIAA. Many of their later albums, including their second gold record Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992), were also well received. They are considered one of the best-selling punk rock bands, with more than three million albums sold worldwide.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Mommy's Little Monster 9
1988 Prison Bound 2
1990 Social Distortion 5
1992 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell 5
1996 White Light White Heat White Trash 2
2004 Sex, Love and Rock ’n’ Roll 5
2011 Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes 3 3
The Lost Tracks 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Mainliner 1
1996 Girls, Cars and Loud Guitars 2
2007 Greatest Hits 2
2008 Recordings Between Then and Now 1
2011 Original Album Classics 1
I Can't Run No More 1
Out of the Gutter: B-Sides, Unreleased, & Covers 1
Rare B-Sides & Live Tracks 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Live at CBGB's 1
1998 Live at The Roxy 3
2006 Live at the Tabernacle 1
2004-12-12: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
2005-03-06: St. Petersburg, FL, USA 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Another State Of Mind 2
1990 Ball And Chain 1
1990 Let It Be Me 1
1990 Ring of Fire 1
1990 Story of My Life 1
1992 Bad Luck 1
1992 Cold Feelings / Bad Luck 1
2010 Machine Gun Blues 1
2011 California (Hustle and Flow) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1982 1945 1
1990 Story of My Life...And Other Stories 1


Year Title RatingReleases
Early Demos 1980/1982 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2011 Daytrotter Session 4 1

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