Winter, 1984 and I was just back from living in Tokyo for six months.
I grew a beard and was seriously Zen.
I went to a party in this guy’s basement and got there early. Various party tapes were being tested, and the host walks up to the stereo and says, “Drop this in.”
A lone angry guitar. Then the drums. Then more guitars and bass. And a liquor-and-smoke tinged voice screams, “Mommy’s little monster dropped out of school, mommy’s little monster broke all the rules…”
It was the first time I heard Social Distortion.
I liked them immediately.
I bought everything they’ve put out, including a couple of solo discs put out by frontman Mike Ness.
I’ve seen Social D live six times, the last in 1996 at Deep Ellum Live in Dallas.
On April 14, make that seven.
Social D is playing the Senator Theater in Chico. I purchased my ticket on Thursday, the first day you could buy tickets (call it an early indulgence for April).
So for Video Friday, I am pleased to present Social Distortion singing “Mommy’s Little Monster” live at the House of Blues in Orange County:
Oh what the hell. I'm feeling all tingly and excited for this show. And Ness is such fun to listen to between songs (and he's got a potty mouth, like me). This is the video for "Footprints on My Ceiling," off of Social D's last studio album "Sex, Love and Rock 'N Roll:"
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