12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After releasing a string of highly acclaimed rockabilly-inflected albums in the late '80s and early '90s, Social Distortion returned to its hardcore roots with 1996’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash (a play on the Velvet Underground’s seminal 1968 album White Light/White Heat). The brand of California punk rock that Social Distortion had helped invent had found massive success in the form of The Offspring and Green Day, while leader Mike Ness had rediscovered his own punk roots with the archival release Mainliner. All these factors conspired to create songs like “Don’t Drag Me Down,” “Through These Eyes," and “Down on the World Again,” which combine the pathos of Ness’ voice with the throttling attack of classic punk. Producer Michael Beinhorn (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden) gave the music a dense and heavy sound that made Ness and his band appear like wizened troubadours. Where other punk bands jacked up the tempos for effect, the songs here with the strongest impact are purposefully slow, as in “When the Angels Sing,” “Dear Lover," and the hit single “I Was Wrong.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After releasing a string of highly acclaimed rockabilly-inflected albums in the late '80s and early '90s, Social Distortion returned to its hardcore roots with 1996’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash (a play on the Velvet Underground’s seminal 1968 album White Light/White Heat). The brand of California punk rock that Social Distortion had helped invent had found massive success in the form of The Offspring and Green Day, while leader Mike Ness had rediscovered his own punk roots with the archival release Mainliner. All these factors conspired to create songs like “Don’t Drag Me Down,” “Through These Eyes," and “Down on the World Again,” which combine the pathos of Ness’ voice with the throttling attack of classic punk. Producer Michael Beinhorn (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden) gave the music a dense and heavy sound that made Ness and his band appear like wizened troubadours. Where other punk bands jacked up the tempos for effect, the songs here with the strongest impact are purposefully slow, as in “When the Angels Sing,” “Dear Lover," and the hit single “I Was Wrong.”

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

PunkOutlaw ,

My Favorite CD.. EVER!

And that's no exaggeration. Not sure where the Social D fans are but I will tell you this album was my first Social D. album (I now have them ALL including Mike Ness's solo efforts). 1st song, "Dear Lover' is painful melodic journey that at the time in 1997 or 98 when I first heard it... literally moved me to tears, it was so personal, coming off nothing but broken relationship after broken relationship. I still feel it... now closing in on 40... My twenty something angst, a shadow of its former self, but still there and nothing brings it out of hiding like a good Social D tune.

"Don't Drag Me Down" is powerful and a theme in my life to this day... I think Ness wrote it to speak about how the skinheads and hate culture killed legit punk rock before it even matured but I transpose my own meaning to negative forces in my life or the bunglings of government and corporate America’s greed and folly while other starve.

I won't go song by song because to me there is not a bad song in the bunch and it’s my favorite Social D. CD (and remember I have them all) which is a tough call... but I guess it’s a lot like sex, you remember your first and this CD was my first... I still wear it out and I'm sure I've taken a couple years off of my hearing as a result. Well worth it.

So that makes it my favorite CD ever, of all time. And has held that title for almost 10 years now... don't see that changing. So do yourself a favor, if you like testosterone rock... punk rebel outlaw lyrics that actually mean something and will inspire you and put fire in your belly and make you think… then get this CD! The whole damn thing.

joy76 ,

ROCKS!

Rebel rock at its best.....makes me just want to snap back.....I love "I was wrong". I don't know but with Mike Ness on the leads his voice does more than entrance me but almost empowers me and makes me feel invincible. Love that feeling.

Lisabetta ,

Social D does it again :]]

This is one of my favorite Social D albums
the best by far
and totally worth it !

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