Social Distortion are considered one of the best-selling punk rock bands, with more than three million albums sold worldwide. They are pioneers of the original Southern California punk rock movement out of Orange County, California and broke through in the mid-eighies with the help of legendary Los Angeles disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer. Over the decades, the punk godfathers in the band have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that’s cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of frontman Mike Ness. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in ’82, as do Ness’ hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. "The most common thing I hear is, ‘Man, your music got me through some hard times,'” Ness says. "And I just say, ‘Me too.'”
Now in their fourth decade, Mike Ness and Social Distortion have officially done one of the most non-punk things possible: They’ve failed to burn out. Mixing Springsteen’s factory-overalls ethic with Southern California punk energy and black leather, Social Distortion formed with Ness and high school buddy, the late Dennis Danell, in the late 1970s; the group broke in 1983 with the thrashing plate of punk and displeasure "Mommy’s Little Monster.” Their 1988 follow-up, "Prison Bound,” hinted at a sonic change to come that solidified into the instantly recognizable brand of rock n’ roll that’s defined them since.