Social Distortion Extra tracks, Import
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Mike Ness has a style that is unmatchable, and he puts a lot of heart and soul into his tunes. Songs like Let it be me, Sick Boy, and So Far Away make me feel good on bad days.Ball and Chain is a good one, but I must say as famous as this one got I think there are some others on this album that should have got just as much recognition.
This band has been making tunes for a long time, and they deserve much respect, not to mention that the band members have been through a lot. Social Distortion isn't just a another Punk group. These guys are different. It seems like Punk Rock today is a bunch of sophmoric boys singing and whining. Social Distortion on the other hand are MEN who sing about real life, and what we all go through good and bad. Lots of times when I hear Social D I don't just hear great music, I hear the sounds of a band who understands people today, and the problems and rough spots of our society and living in Urban America.
I saw Social Distortion about a year ago, and I was so impressed to see and hear a punk rock group that I grew up listening to as a boy play in front of me as a man and have all of the power and energy a band could ever desire.They played quite a long set list too.
Social Distortion isn't on MTV AND VH1, and to me thats a good thing because it seperates the true punk rock from the sophmoric cheese punk of today. These guys don't sing about what its like to be rich, and do abnoctious videos were they dance around and try and get you to giggle. Social Distortion appeals to us middle class Americans who work long hours, mis our girlfriends/wives and have ups and downs with the law.Read more ›
So what makes these guys and this album so great? First it takes a lot of something swinging down below to get up on stage and channel Johnny Cash to a bunch of punk skateboarders in California. Sure we had all heard the Stray Cats' watered down rock-a-billy and it wasn't half bad for commercial radio play, but these kids were used to bands like 7 Seconds and Black Flag. It's hard to explain why Johnny is cool to a pile of kids smacking their heads against any solid surface they can find.
Somehow the styles just seemed a natural fit although its sad to say that Social D's last studio album was more packaged for MTV play while most of their audience had already sold their skateboards and took up the more lucrative career of selling Ecstasy at raves. Secondly Mike Ness was way ahead of the curve on the tattoo bandwagonering that has taken place in our elder years. This album came out years before Dennis Rodman turned himself into an MTV princess and a living freak show (nothing against his uncanny rebounding ability). And not to say that trendsetting is inherently cool, but its hard to argue that Ness' tats weren't the most badass thing many 13 year olds had seen at the time, outside of any Playboys found under dad's mattress.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent album and one of my favorites of all time. SocialD self titled on blue vinyl was icing on the cake!Published 6 months ago by Davester72
The singles, "Ball and Chain" and "Ring of Fire", are the only things demanding repeated listens, and if your best song is a cover, it might be a dangerous sign. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier