Social Distortion discography

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Social Distortion discography
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Social Distortion in Germany in 2005. Left to right: Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, Charlie Quintana, and Mike Ness.
Studio albums 7
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 2
Video albums 2
Music videos 8
EPs 1
Singles 24

The discography of Social Distortion, a Southern California-based punk rock band formed in 1978 by vocalist/guitarist and founder Mike Ness, contains seven studio albums, one extended play (EP), two compilation albums, two DVDs and twenty-four singles.

After releasing a handful of singles between 1980 and 1982, Social Distortion released their first studio album in 1983, titled Mommy's Little Monster. Five years elapsed before Social Distortion's next major release, Prison Bound. While the band still failed to break into the mainstream success at the time of its release, critical praise given to Prison Bound garnered attention from major labels, including Epic Records, with whom Social Distortion would eventually sign in 1989.

In 1990, they released their third album, which is self-titled, with the singles "Let It Be Me", "Ball and Chain", "Ring of Fire", "Sick Boy" and "Story of My Life" bringing the band exposure on the United States charts. This album was followed by 1992's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, which debuted at number 76 on the Billboard 200 and featured the band's highest charting single "Bad Luck", which reached number 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Four years elapsed before Social Distortion's next studio album, White Light, White Heat, White Trash, which peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 in 1996, the band's highest chart position to date, and featured their only Billboard Hot 100 single "I Was Wrong". In 1997, Social Distortion terminated their contract with Epic and decided to stay on TimeBomb Recordings, who reissued their first two albums and released the Mainliner compilation two years earlier.

After the release of the White Light, White Heat, White Trash album, Social Distortion took another hiatus and Ness pursued a solo career and released two albums (Cheating at Solitaire and Under the Influences) in 1999. Tragedy struck on February 29, 2000 when their longtime guitarist Dennis Danell died from an apparently brain anyuerism. After debating whether to break up, or to move on with a new guitarist, Ness decided to hire a new guitarist, Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham, who would stay with the band permanently. Also during that time, a new drummer, Charlie Quintana, was hired. From 2001 to 2004, the band had been touring semi-frequently, playing sold-out shows in the Los Angeles, California area and other cities. In September 2004, Social Distortion issued their long-awaited sixth album Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, which was their second album to peak in the top 40 of the Billboard 200, at number 31. The album's lead single, "Reach for the Sky", became another one of Social Distortion's biggest hits in the fall of 2004. Prior to the release of that album, longtime bassist John Maurer, who had remained with the band for 20 years, decided to leave Social Distortion and Rancid's Matt Freeman replaced him on tour for a few months and then the band hired their current bassist Brent Harding. Social Distortion released their seventh studio album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, on January 18, 2011.[1]

Albums[edit]

Studio releases[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
US
Ind.

[2]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[2]
CHE
[4]
FIN
[5]
GER
[6]
NLD
[7]
SWE
[8]
UK
1983 Mommy's Little Monster
1988 Prison Bound
  • Released: February 12, 1988
  • Label: Restless (original release), Time Bomb (1995 re-release)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DI
1990 Social Distortion
  • Released: March 27, 1990
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DI
128 US: Gold[9]
1992 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
  • Released: February 11, 1992
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DI
76 US: Gold[9]
1996 White Light, White Heat, White Trash
  • Released: September 17, 1996
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DI
27
2004 Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll
  • Released: September 28, 2004
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
31 48 29
2011 Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
  • Released: January 18, 2011
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
4 1 14 19 20 6 3 95 11 169
[10]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details US
[2]
1998 Live at the Roxy
  • Released: July 30, 1998
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DI
121

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details US
[2]
US
Ind.
[2]
1995 Posh Hits Vol. 1
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Posh Boy
  • Formats: LP
1995 Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past
  • Released: July 18, 1995 (recorded in 1981)
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
2007 Greatest Hits
  • Released: June 26, 2007
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • Formats: CD, LP, DI
86 7
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details
1990 Story of My Life...And Other Stories
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD

Songs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US US
Alt.

[11]
US
Main.

[12]
UK
[13]
1981 "Mainliner"/"Playpen"  —  —  —  — Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past
1982 "1945"  —  —  —  —
1983 "Another State of Mind"  —  —  —  — Mommy's Little Monster
1988 "Prison Bound"  —  —  —  — Prison Bound
1990 "Let It Be Me"  — 11  —  — Social Distortion
"Ball and Chain"  — 13  —  —
"Ring of Fire"  — 25  —  —
"Sick Boy"  —  —  —  —
"Story of My Life"  —  —  —  —
1992 "Bad Luck"  — 2 44  — Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
"Born to Lose"  —  —  —  —
"Bye Bye Baby"  —  —  —  —
"Cold Feelings"  — 11  —  —
"When She Begins"  — 14  —  —
1996 "I Was Wrong" 54[A] 4 12 163 White Light, White Heat, White Trash
"When the Angels Sing"  — 33 32  —
1997 "Don't Drag Me Down"  —  —  —  —
1998 "Story of My Life" (live)  —  —  —  — Live at the Roxy
2004 "Highway 101"  —  —  —  — Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll
Reach for the Sky"  — 27  —  —
2005 "Don't Take Me for Granted"  —  —  —  —
"Death or Glory"  —  —  —  — Lords of Dogtown soundtrack
2007 "Far Behind"  — 19  —  — Greatest Hits
2010 "Machine Gun Blues"  — 10  —  — Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
2011 "California (Hustle and Flow)"  —  —  —  —
"Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown"  —  —  —  —
2013 "Up Around the Bend"  —  —  —  — Free Birds soundtrack
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Year Title Certifications
2004 Live in Orange County
  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • Formats: VHS
US: Gold[9]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
1990 "Ball and Chain" Tony Vanden Ende
"Story of My Life"
1992 "Bad Luck" Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
"Cold Feelings" R. Ramirez
1993 "When She Begins" Jim Guerinot
1996 "I Was Wrong" Ken Fox
1997 "When the Angels Sing" Nigel Dick
2011 "Machine Gun Blues" Jeremy Alter
2012 "Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown" The Mad Twins

Notes[edit]

  • A. ^ "I Was Wrong" peaked at #54 on the US Radio Songs chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Out and about: Social Distortion, Sarah Sample, and Ryan Montbleau. Accessed October 6, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Social Distortion > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Discographie Social Distortion" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Discographie Social Distortion" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Discography Social Distortion". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Social Distortion / Longplay". PhonoNet. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Discografie Social Distortion" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Diskografi Social Distortion" (in Swedish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  9. ^ a b c "RIAA certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  10. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Update 29.01.2011". Zobbel. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  11. ^ "Social Distortion Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Social Distortion > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  13. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: DJ S – The System of Life". Zobbel. Retrieved 2009-04-17.