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April 13, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Mike Ness became so incorrigible that his father kicked him out of the house at age 16, he was still subject to such standard disciplinary measures as being put on restriction. No meeting his buddies at the park for a round of boozing and drugging or a trip to the movies. Just a solitary, boring night at home, the worst thing that could happen to a restless 14-year-old. And what would Ness do while grounded in his Fullerton bedroom?
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December 15, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
MIKE NESS wishes he could point to some sort of game plan that made it all happen, but the truth is, he's as mystified as anyone by the staying power of his band Social Distortion. For a musician, it's a good mystery to have. Ness' band, now older than many of its fans, on Sunday begins a string of 29 dates at the House of Blues venues in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego and Las Vegas. By midweek, all but eight of the shows were sold out -- including 17 of the 22 L.A.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Social Distortion's new album, "Live at the Roxy," is a summing-up, with its career-spanning selection of 17 songs dating from the band's earliest singles to its most recent studio album. Could it also presage a winding-down of a highly respected, if not highly remunerative, career in punk rock? For the first time, the band that was hatched in Fullerton in 1979 as part of Orange County's original punk rock boom won't be touring to promote a new release.
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December 26, 2002 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
Mike Ness is just a little uneasy, slouching at the microphone with a guitar and looking like a working-class tough, his hair short and slicked back against the scalp, both arms a tattooed macrame of girls, flames, cars and rock 'n' roll symbols. He is rehearsing Social Distortion through "Ball and Chain," another hard-luck anthem. The sound is loud and twangy, an edgy blend of punk guitars and American roots. Then Ness stops the band. "It's not going country, is it?"
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April 8, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM
As the singer and lead guitarist of Social Distortion, Mike Ness spent 1979 through 1985 establishing quite a reputation for himself: the hardest of the hard cases, the punk rocker who was every inch a wiry, pugnacious, tattoo-covered, needle-punctured punk. Some scenes from those days would fit right into the slam-bam action movie that punk rock always strove to be: * Police arrive to break up the first-ever gig by Social Distortion at a house party in Yorba Linda.
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October 2, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Mike Ness of Social Distortion felt ready to make the album of his life. "I really want to dig deep," said the dean of Orange County's punk rock singer-songwriters. "I don't want this to be just another Social D record. I want it to be the Social D record." It was fall 1994, and punk was breaking out all over, spearheaded by the multiplatinum, national ascent of San Francisco's Green Day and Orange County's Offspring.
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October 2, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM
In the potentially lucrative marketplace for hard-edged punk-alternative rock, Social Distortion remains, to quote the title of its 1992 album release, "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell." With "White Light White Heat White Trash"--its first release since '92, the year "alternative" entered the mainstream--SD is hoping to move closer to heaven on the charts. The early returns are good: The album debuted this week at No.
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November 3, 1999 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Punk godfather Johnny Rotten laid out one of the cornerstone philosophies of punk-rock back in 1977 when he sang, "Don't know what I want, but I know how to get it." Orange County punk godfather Mike Ness knew exactly what he wanted--and how to get it--one day last week after elaborating on some of his own cornerstone philosophies over lunch in downtown Orange.
NEWS
December 15, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
MIKE NESS wishes he could point to some sort of game plan that made it all happen, but the truth is, he's as mystified as anyone by the staying power of his band Social Distortion. For a musician, it's a good mystery to have. Ness' band, now older than many of its fans, on Sunday begins a string of 29 dates at the House of Blues venues in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego and Las Vegas. By midweek, all but eight of the shows were sold out -- including 17 of the 22 L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1997 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine has opted out of a Jan. 18 concert on campus with veteran O.C. punk band Social Distortion because university officials are increasingly worried about liability for injuries among moshing punk-rock fans. No contract had been signed or tickets sold, according to UCI, but concert promoter Goldenvoice had already publicized the show at the 2,000-capacity Crawford Hall. "We're disappointed," said Jim Guerinot, Social Distortion's manager, on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1999 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Punk godfather Johnny Rotten laid out one of the cornerstone philosophies of punk-rock back in 1977 when he sang, "Don't know what I want, but I know how to get it." Orange County punk godfather Mike Ness knew exactly what he wanted--and how to get it--one day last week after elaborating on some of his own cornerstone philosophies over lunch in downtown Orange.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Mike Ness became so incorrigible that his father kicked him out of the house at age 16, he was still subject to such standard disciplinary measures as being put on restriction. No meeting his buddies at the park for a round of boozing and drugging or a trip to the movies. Just a solitary, boring night at home, the worst thing that could happen to a restless 14-year-old. And what would Ness do while grounded in his Fullerton bedroom?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Social Distortion's new album, "Live at the Roxy," is a summing-up, with its career-spanning selection of 17 songs dating from the band's earliest singles to its most recent studio album. Could it also presage a winding-down of a highly respected, if not highly remunerative, career in punk rock? For the first time, the band that was hatched in Fullerton in 1979 as part of Orange County's original punk rock boom won't be touring to promote a new release.
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January 14, 1998 | JENNIFER VINEYARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the members of Wank say that Mike Ness pushed them in the recording studio, they mean it. While working as a producer recently on the Huntington Beach band's track for the irreverent "A Punk & Ska Christmas Gone Wrong" compilation (Drive-Thru), Ness walked over to singer-bassist Bobby Amodeo and jostled him. Again. And again. "I'm thinking, 'I'm going to get killed!' " Amodeo recalled. "I was getting bullied by Mike Ness. Look at those tattoos!" Amodeo had nothing to fear.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1997 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine has opted out of a Jan. 18 concert on campus with veteran O.C. punk band Social Distortion because university officials are increasingly worried about liability for injuries among moshing punk-rock fans. No contract had been signed or tickets sold, according to UCI, but concert promoter Goldenvoice had already publicized the show at the 2,000-capacity Crawford Hall. "We're disappointed," said Jim Guerinot, Social Distortion's manager, on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM
In the potentially lucrative marketplace for hard-edged punk-alternative rock, Social Distortion remains, to quote the title of its 1992 album release, "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell." With "White Light White Heat White Trash"--its first release since '92, the year "alternative" entered the mainstream--SD is hoping to move closer to heaven on the charts. The early returns are good: The album debuted this week at No.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Social Distortion busies itself writing and arranging songs for its next album, band members Dennis Danell and John Maurer plan to take occasional busman's holidays this summer in an offshoot band called Fuel. The band will play one of its first shows tonight at Linda's Doll Hut in Anaheim. "This is more of a hobby than anything, just for fun and to blow off steam," Danell said Thursday. "We can go and play a lot of places we couldn't play in Social D--get back to a more underground thing."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1992
Social Distortion. Orange County produced scores of punk bands in the late '70s and early '80s. Social Distortion, formed in 1979, has proved to be the most tenacious, the hardest-working and simply the best. Once given up for dead because of leader Mike Ness's drug problems, the band cleaned up and asserted itself in the late '80s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Mike Ness of Social Distortion felt ready to make the album of his life. "I really want to dig deep," said the dean of Orange County's punk rock singer-songwriters. "I don't want this to be just another Social D record. I want it to be the Social D record." It was fall 1994, and punk was breaking out all over, spearheaded by the multiplatinum, national ascent of San Francisco's Green Day and Orange County's Offspring.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Social Distortion busies itself writing and arranging songs for its next album, band members Dennis Danell and John Maurer plan to take occasional busman's holidays this summer in an offshoot band called Fuel. The band will play one of its first shows tonight at Linda's Doll Hut in Anaheim. "This is more of a hobby than anything, just for fun and to blow off steam," Danell said Thursday. "We can go and play a lot of places we couldn't play in Social D--get back to a more underground thing."
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