Adolescents (album)

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Studio album by Adolescents
Released May 1981; 35 years ago (May 1981)
Recorded 1981
Length 28:01 (original)
34:51 (1997 reissue)
70:58 (2001 reissue)
Label Frontier
Adolescents chronology
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Adolescents (often called The Blue Album) is the eponymous debut studio album by the Orange County punk rock band the Adolescents, released in May 1981 by Frontier Records. The album boasts an all-star cast, featuring three past Social Distortion members, (Rikk Agnew, Frank Agnew and Casey Royer); former Agent Orange bassist Steve Soto; and a previously unknown singer named Tony Cadena. It was the only Adolescents album co-produced by Mike Patton (not to be confused with the lead singer of Faith No More) and Thom Wilson. It was also the band's only album released before their five-year hiatus.

Released during the breakthrough era for hardcore punk, the album brought the band a small amount of success in their hometown as they started to gather a following. "Amoeba" was released as a radio single to promote the album. Adolescents is now considered a classic punk album by fans and critics alike. In California punk sales, it second only to the Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The album has received positive reviews. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Jack Rabid gave the album four and a half out of five stars and wrote that "The debut from these five Orange County kids established the mid-tempo, punk-pop 'Southern Cal sound,' led by the long, great, pummeling, Johnny Thunders-derived solos of the two Agnew brothers, Rikk and Frank. These soaring, ripping parts still sound great today."[2]

Legacy and influence[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Hate Children"   1:44
2. "Who Is Who"  
3. "Wrecking Crew"  
  • Cadena
  • Soto
4. "L.A. Girl"  
  • F. Agnew
  • Cadena
5. "Self Destruct"  
  • Cadena
  • Soto
6. "Kids of the Black Hole"   Rikk Agnew 5:26
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "No Way"   R. Agnew 2:00
8. "Amoeba"  
9. "Word Attack"  
  • R. Agnew
  • Cadena
10. "Rip It Up"  
  • R. Agnew
  • Cadena
11. "Democracy"  
  • R. Agnew
  • Soto
12. "No Friends"  
  • Cadena
  • Soto
13. "Creatures"   R. Agnew 1:57
  • Notes: The initial CD version of Adolescents, appended the Welcome to Reality EP (and sometimes guitarist Rikk Agnew's 1982 solo album All by Myself) to the CD as bonus tracks.


Session vocalists
  • Danny Benair – backing vocals
  • Jeff Beans – backing vocals
  • Mike Patton – backing vocals


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  2. ^ Rabid, Jack. "Review for The Adolescents". Retrieved 29 August 2010. 

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