Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

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Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 11, 1992
RecordedJune–October 1991 at El Dorado Studios in Hollywood, California
GenrePunk rock, cowpunk, punk blues
ProducerDave Jerden
Social Distortion chronology
Social Distortion
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
Mainliner: Wreckage From the Past

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell is the fourth studio album by the American punk rock band Social Distortion, released on February 11, 1992. Following up on the surprise success of their breakthrough singles "Ball and Chain" and "Story of My Life", Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell became a popular album and received positive reviews from music critics. It also spawned their highest-charting single "Bad Luck", which peaked at number 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell was the one of the best-selling albums of Social Distortion's recording career, achieving gold sales certification in the United States by 2000,[1] and by 1996, the album had sold 296,000 copies.[2] It peaked at number 76 on the US Billboard 200 and topped the Heatseekers chart, and was also Social Distortion's last to feature drummer Christopher Reece, who left the band in 1994.

The cover art features Ness mid-jump, while playing one of his Gibson Les Pauls.

Music style[edit]

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell continues the melding of country and rockabilly influences with punk that began with Social Distortion's 1988 album Prison Bound. Clear influences include Hank Williams (on "This Time Darlin'") and Johnny Cash (on "99 to Life").


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]
The Village VoiceB+[8]

Reviews for Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell have generally been favorable. AllMusic's Paul Tinelli awards the album four-and-a-half stars out of five and praised the music as a "share of rollicking, straight-ahead hard rock." He also claims that Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell "had all the earmarks of a major commercial success with some radio friendly tunes and strong production, but it never found the large audience Epic Records expected."[3]


In 2018, the German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen covered the song "Cold Feelings" on their "Laune der Natur" single.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mike Ness unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Cold Feelings" – 3:31
  2. "Bad Luck" – 4:26
  3. "Making Believe" (Jimmy Work) – 4:12
  4. "Born to Lose" – 4:09
  5. "Bye Bye Baby" – 3:06
  6. "When She Begins" – 5:04
  7. "99 to Life" – 4:28
  8. "King of Fools" (W.E. Bruce) – 2:50
  9. "Sometimes I Do" – 4:01
  10. "This Time Darlin' " – 4:08
  11. "Ghost Town Blues" – 4:38 (CD bonus track)
  12. "Alone and Forsaken" - 3:12 (Hank Williams; Japanese bonus track)
  13. "Mainliner 1992" - 2:59 (Japanese bonus track)

Track 11, "Ghost Town Blues", is a CD bonus track and it did not appear on the cassette or vinyl version of the album.




Year Title Chart Chart Positions
1992 "Bad Luck" Modern Rock Tracks #2
1992 "Cold Feelings" Modern Rock Tracks #11
1992 "When She Begins" Modern Rock Tracks #14


  1. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  2. ^ "Will the Flash of 'White Light' Burn Steadily?". 1996-10-02. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  3. ^ a b Tinelli, Paul. "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell – Social Distortion". AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (February 21, 1992). "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Boehm, Mike (February 14, 1992). "Following the Same, Reliable Tracks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Social Distortion: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell". Q (74): 121. November 1992.
  7. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Social Distortion". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 756–57. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 21, 1992). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 25, 2015.

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