One of the true characters of L.A.'s first hardcore wave, Social D's frontman Mike Ness seemingly fancied himself a boot-boy Johnny Cash at the time of this 1983 release. The tales he spun--many of which were later borne out by stints in jail and drug treatment--blurred the line between American anti-hero and punk no-goodnik, between Cash and the Clash. And, unlike a lot of their Angeleno brethren, Ness and axeman Dennis Danell really knew how to write a song. Admittedly, this incarnation of the band is decidedly less accessible than the current edition. And while they may not be as anthemically inspiring as the more earnest work found on, say, Prison Bound, snotty proclamations like the title track and "It Wasn't a Pretty Picture" stomp along with authority to spare. --David Sprague
This is the earliest , rawest album that social d ever recorded (before Mike Ness was writing/singing songs about "... and when the angels sing..." ). This is a must for any collection because this is what punk rock was about. The songs really reflect where the band was and what they were like back then . The songs on the album are written about fighting, girls , heroin , and having a F*ck you attitude towards everyone.The one and only thing I would criticise is that some of the lyrics are dated and you can tell were written when the band members were really young (for example lyrics about fighting/arguing with mom and dad about things and the lyrics to "telling them" and "mommy's little monster")but i still recommend this album
This album truely changed my life. Best track's right off the bat, the creeps. This is the album you'll pop in your car and before you know it, your beating the hell out of the steering wheel and driving about 80...having a good time.
As i mentioned in my title if you have an intrest in Social Distortion and are new to them this is the place to start your Social D collection. At first when I began to take intrest in this band after sreating a mix containg Ball and chain and becoming completly adicted to it I decided to pick up "Somwhere Beetween Heaven and Hell" seeing it was a favorite by public opinion and was turned off by the mix of rockabily,punk,and country I neglected and disliked that album. When i didn't get the punk rock fix i was looking for in 'Heaven and Hell i turned to this album which was more favored by fans of the Hardcore\punk genre and was much more acsesable. thare are so many great songs that if you don't like it you need to vistit a doctor or phsycaitrist and get some medication for horrible opinion and additude dissorder. the excellent track "Another State Of Mind" which stands out as arguably the best track with the title track is a classic. other standouts are "Telling Them" M"Anit-Fasion, "Mommy's Little Monster" And "Moral Threat". This album paints an excellent picture of suburban teenage frustration and a less matured Ness in his pre alchoholism stage. This reamins a Calafornia punk rock classic if you like this band i give this cd my highest recomendation.