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White Light, White Heat, White Trash

Social DistortionAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002A69
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 09/17/1996
Genre: PUNK

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How about some REAL music for a change? March 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
After six-years and two copies of "White Light, White Heat, White Trash", I think it's high time that I write a review for this masterpiece. What we have here is twelve tracks of rock and roll perfection. From the opening "Dear Lover" to the closing cover of "Under My Thumb", this is just simply GREAT music. Nowadays, people think that real punk rock is Blink 182 (don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong at all with their music) but the way I see it, they are nothing more than pop with loud guitars, rolling drum beats and HIGHLY adolescent lyrics that can actually be pretty funny. But if you want a REAL punk band that didn't spend their youth in upper-middle class Suburbia, then look no further. Social D is the real deal. In my mind, Mike Ness is the Hank Williams of this generation. No, they don't sound a thing alike, but both men put honest, heart-felt emotion into their lyrics and have lived the lives to back up what they're singing about. In other words, if you're looking for lyrics that are a little bit more complex than some guy bitching about his parents grounding him for the weekend, just pick up ANY Social D album. You'll thank me later.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Most Profound Albums Ever Made! December 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this album I originally just bought it for the non stop aggresive thrasher song "Don't Drag Me Down", I soon found out that this album from the first song "Dear Lover" a song about painful relationships to the last song "Down Here (With The Rest Of Us)" about the hardships of life that this is one of the greatest albums I have ever heard. The music is pretty simple but the message in the lyrics speak to people who have not always had the easiest time through life. Mike Ness the lead singer/guitarist/songwriter has been through tough times in the past which makes his lyrics true to the heart and insprirational at the same time. The words he uses in all the songs make you open your eyes and think about life a little differently. I won't lie I have had many of the same problems as Mike Ness has had in the past but listening to these songs gave me hope and helped me realize that you gotta keep fighting...despite how bad it may look. I have every single Social Distortion album they have made and they are all excellent but this one stands out as the best. This album may or may not be for everyone but if you dig other Social D albums you should love this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best modern rock cd's in the 90's April 8, 2004
By Zack
Format:Audio CD
Social Distortion was a band with one of the most enduring legacies of punk rock.The pain and suffering along with the working-class hometown spirit made them a band to cherish among all people of the disenfranchised order. In depression when hope seemed lost and I felt life had no meaning anymore, this album saved my life. I was a big fan of all kinds of groups of the punk rock culture, but also at the same time a little bit of a fan of the new pop-punk bands like MXPX and Blink 182(I'm sorry, and hate to admit) and neo-punk bands of the 90's like NOFX, Pennywise, Rancid, Green Day(the band that got me into punk in the first place),the Offspring and Bad Religion. What happened was very interesting. I bought MXPX's Let It Happen, and happened to step upon Track 4, a cover of SD's "Sick Boy". I soon went to the store and immediately bought their self-titled album. I couldn't believe how original and unique they were from all of the other bands I had listened to. They sounded like a mix of country and punk,as well as some Rolling Stones-style blues. I immediately fell in love, but I was still in a hard time in a situation too complicated and private to explain. Anyway, next I downloaded this album off of the internet, as well as Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell(also a very life-changing album for me, along with this one). Through this album I saw and heard something I could really relate too, and could feel the soul uplift from the darkness of depression. The music(in particular the riffs, like in I Was Wrong and When the Angels Sing)was so earth-shatering and inspiring to the ears. The whole expierience of first hearing it and feeling the emotion is unexplainable. I'm not kidding folks, this album could potentially change anybody's life. I recommend it to everyone who stumbles upon this review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focused May 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If Mike Ness has been guilty of playing the "I'm-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks" schtick too heavy-handedly or with too much of a smirk this effort redeems him. He bares the scars on his life here with a sincerity that a younger Ness perhaps couldn't muster.
This is a lifetime's sorrow and regret and anger set ablaze in forklift pallets and gasoline. It's you stropping your grandfather's straight razor all night long. It's a fresh slant six and a new supercharger. It's napalm.
The title says it all. With a scowl, not a smirk.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People called this a "sellout"?!? April 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
...I recall hearing "White Light White Heat White Trash" slagged off somehow as Social D's "sellout" record. And I know that a charge like that seems laughable these days -- when you can turn on "TRL" and see high-production-value videos from Sum 41 and Alien Ant Farm, or open up "Cosmo Kids" and see glossy photos of Sugar Ray and Blink 182, while this band still soldiers on with the brief mainstream glimmer becoming ever more of a memory. But I don't feel like getting into another rant about what's punk and what's not. I mean, if you're reading these words at all, then your mind's probably close to being made up anyway, isn't it?
Just about the only excuses that I can see for possibly calling this record a "sellout" (besides the fact that it's on a Sony label -- which the band vacated a couple of years later anyway) is the relatively slicker production and, if you REALLY feel like stretching logic, the fact that it sounds a bit more "punk" (and less rockabilly) than what the band had been offering of late. It's very loud and very raucous, and I think it may have even blown a speaker in my headphones the first time I heard it. But, even still, if "White Light. . . " were merely another loud punk record, then there'd probably be little more reason to play it except as a soundtrack for getting drunk with friends and maybe getting into another stupid little fight. And at least I myself can say, after playing this record for five years, in three apartments and on two continents, there's definitely something in this music much deeper than all that.
The best thing about this record is that, like a lot of Social D's music (and Mike Ness's music itself, come to think of it), you can listen to a lot of the songs no matter which side of the struggle you're on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good cd.
Published 23 hours ago by Erik Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars North Orange County Every Day
This is the Social D that does not get a lot of radio play. However, if you have lived in North Orange County every day for years, as I have, till seven years ago, this is the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott Caceres
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This
This is their best cd. Every song is great! Love it and play it constantly. How can you not want it?
Published 7 months ago by Tracy L. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars social D
I had between heaven and hell for a while and decided to research here for more and I am glad this next following white light white heat white trash is fantastic it gets deep down... Read more
Published 7 months ago by motorhead
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
They sound awesome. Their music is the only music I have bought in 10+ years and I love it. They are a lot of fun to listen to.
Published 7 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Unlike many here, i'm not part of the people who like music based on the fact that it's "real punk". Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. B. MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't decide if this is my favorite or not
I can't decide if this is my favorite Social Distortion album or not; It's certainly in the top 10....oh, wait, they're all in the top 10.
Published 15 months ago by W. Eden
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard and dark cd
This is a different cd in the social distortion discography but still it's a great cd, with dark and hard sound, and powerful lyrics, great cd.
Published 17 months ago by A. Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Great
I have bee a fan for a long time. This is arguably their best work. I had purchased this to replace a previous, damaged copy.....just as great the second time around....
Published 19 months ago by Brian Homka
4.0 out of 5 stars Social Distortion - White Light White Heat White Trash
I'm standing here with fists flashing in the changing lights that are bathing the stage as Social D rolls one relentless chord after another out across the audience, and then... Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. Kesler
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