Milo Aukerman

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Milo Aukerman
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Aukerman performing with the Descendents in 2011
Background information
Birth name Milo J. Aukerman
Born (1963-01-01) January 1, 1963 (age 51)
Origin Lomita, California, United States
Genres Punk rock
Occupations Singer, Biochemist
Years active 1979–present
Labels SST, New Alliance
Associated acts Descendents, All

Milo Aukerman (born January 1, 1963)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and research biochemist. Aukerman is most widely known for being the lead singer of the early Los Angeles area punk rock band the Descendents, a group widely considered to be pioneers of modern "pop punk"[citation needed] . While not an original member, he joined after their first single ("Ride the Wild" b/w "It's a Hectic World"). The first full length Descendents album (released in 1982) was titled Milo Goes to College, as he had gone to school at UC San Diego. The initial single had caricatures of the three original members, and the drawing used to symbolize Milo, invented by a high school classmate, was used on many of their albums. Aukerman has also provided backing vocals for other musicians, and, while attending college (between stints with the Descendents), briefly fronted the San Diego band "Milestone" who released one independently produced album.

Education and scientific career[edit]

Aukerman attended Mira Costa High School, with fellow members of the Descendents.[2]

Aukerman holds a doctorate in biology from UC San Diego.[3]

Aukerman conducted postdoctoral research in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and works as a plant researcher at DuPont in Delaware.[4][5]

Musical career[edit]

As a musician, Aukerman sings in a mid-range tenor, and his generally upbeat lyrics encompass such universal topics as girls/rejection, dependence upon caffeine, and the never-ending quest for good food. He is known for his bespectacled, unabashedly nerdy persona and self-deprecating, "anti-rockstar" demeanor.

The Descendents are still active on occasion, turning up in 2010, replacing Devo to headline the FunFunFunFest in Austin, TX on November 7 and playing Australia in December.

Personal life[edit]

Aukerman has been married since 1996 and is the father of two children.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milo Aukerman". California Births, 1905 - 1995. 
  2. ^ Spurrier, Jeff (January 5, 1986). "Descendents hang out in never-never land". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ Milo Jay Aukerman (1992). "Analysis of opaque-2 Function in Maize.". Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, San Diego, 1992--Biology. 
  4. ^ Charles Glover (September 1995). "20 Questions with Milo Aukerman.". Juice magazine. 
  5. ^ "Punk’s not dead. Does science.". ehu.es. February 11, 2011. 

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