Social Distortion is an American punk rock rock lineup formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The group currently consists of Mike Ness (vocals, guitars), Jonny Wickersham (guitars), Brent Harding (bass) and David Hidalgo, Jr. (drums).
Social Distortion temporarily disbanded in 1985, due to frontman Ness’ drug abuse and troubles with the law, which resulted in extended stints in various rehabilitation centers, that lasted for two years. However, the band reformed around 1986 and have continued being active today, even after the death of longtime guitarist Dennis Danell, who succumbed to a brain aneurysm in 2000. Since its inception the group lineup has been a virtual revolving-door of talent, with many members coming and going – Ness has been the only constant member.
To date, Social Distortion has gave us seven full-length studio albums, two compilations, one live album and two DVDs. The lineup issued its debut album Mommy’s Little Monster in 1983, which was quite popular in the United States. Social Distortion did not release a second album, Prison Bound, until 1988. That album attracted the attention of Epic Records, who signed the lineup in 1989 and gave us their highly successful self-titled third album a year later, which peaked at number 128 on the Billboard 200, and featured their well-known hit singles “Ball and Chain”, “Story of My Life” and the cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” The next three albums, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, White Light, White Heat, White Trash and Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll were also well-received but not as popular as the self-titled record. Social Distortion gave us their most recent studio album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, on January 18, 2011, which was the fourth anniversary of the death of former Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles.