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Greatest Hits

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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits


In the late 1970s the fi rst raw, sloppy, speeding guitar chords began to blare from the garages and backrooms of Orange County in Southern California. They echoed a sound forged in the preceding years in the seminal punk undergrounds of New York City and London. By 1979, a 17 year old kid named Mike Ness had formed Social Distortion with drummer Casey Royer and brothers Rikk and Frank Agnew. After meeting Dennis Danell, a punk loving classmate, Ness insisted Danell, who at the time didn't play an instrument, join the band on bass. Royer and the Agnew's soon split from the band and eventually form The Adolescents. In 1981, Social Distortion released their fi rst single, 'Mainliner/Playpen' on the Posh Boy label. Around the same time, Mike Ness developed a reputation as a brawler resulting in a chunk of his left ear being bitten off during a confrontation at the Cuckoo's Nest bar. In late 1983 the band released their debut album 'Mommy's Little Monster' and gained a national name in punk circles. Returning home, the line up now included a nasty heroin habit for Ness. The band worked through numerous lineup changes, as Ness struggled with the addiction and the resulting series of jailings and detoxes, which fi nally ended in 1985. The band's catalogue of albums features some bona-fi de Southern Californian classics. Following 'Mommy's Little Monster' came 'Prison Bound' (1988), 'Social Distortion (1990 - their first for a major, it featured a remarkable cover of Johnny Cash's 'Ring Of Fire' and was the band's fi rst Gold Album), 'Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell' (1992 - also a Gold Album), the singles collection 'Mainliner (Wreckage From The Past)' (1990), 'White Light White Heat White Trash' (1996) and 'Live At The Roxy' (1998). Mike Ness also recorded 2 solo albums in 1999 - 'Cheating At Solitaire' and the covers album 'Under The Infl uences'. Following Dennis Danell's untimely death from heart failure in February 2000, it was 3 years before the band went into the studio to record a new record - their fi rst full-length studio record in 7 years and the fi rst record without Danell. A live DVD, 'Live in Orange County' was released in 2004, and fi nally the album 'Sex, Love and Rock'n' Roll'. In 2005, the band went on to sell out a record 6 nights at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angles, in addition to the record 37 sold-out shows as part of their regular year end multi-night stands at House Of Blues clubs across the Southwest. This 'Greatest Hits' album is the FIRST EVER career spanning collection from Social Distortion. The new single 'Far Behind' was recorded just for this album and our local pressing features the Australia/ NZ/ Japan only bonus cut 'Playpen'.


  1. Name
  2. Another State Of Mind
  3. Mommy's Little Monster
  4. Prison Bound
  5. Story Of My Life
  6. Ball And Chain
  7. Ring Of Fire
  8. Bad Luck
  9. When The Angels Sing
  10. I Was Wrong
  11. Reach For The Sky
  12. Far Behind
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