Formed in Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA, in the summer of 1978, Social Distortion initially featured Mike Ness (3 April 1962, Stoneham, Massachusetts, USA; guitar), Casey Royer (drums), and the Agnew brothers, Rikk (vocals/guitar) and Frank (bass). That line-up only lasted until the following year, at which point the Agnews and Royer departed for fellow Fullerton band the Adolescents. Dennis Danell (d. 29 February 2000, USA) then joined on bass, and Ness took over vocals (following experiments with a singer titled Dee Dee), and Carrott replaced Royer. However, this remains a simplification of the bands early line-up shuffles, with other members including Tim Mag (later DI) and Danny Furious (ex-Avengers).
After impressing Robbie Fields of Posh Boy Records at a party in Fullerton in 1981, the band booked studio time through him to record their Mainliner 7-inch. This was a one-off affair, however, and...
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