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Social Distortion

Founding date

: 1979

Founding place

: Fullerton, California, US


: 38 years ago


  • American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California
How old is Social Distortion in 2017? 38 years
Where was Social Distortion founded?Fullerton, California, US

Who is Social Distortion? / Facts

  • 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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