Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)

Lately I’ve been immersing myself in the glory of 80s American indie rock. There is too much great music to make a list here, suffice to say the list would include The Butthole Surfers, REM, Flaming Lips and Nirvana.

And Social Distortion.

Social Distortion, unlike other punk bands from the era, survived and evolved/matured, starting as a fairly straight forward punk rock band, before bringing in the country, blues and rockabilly influences. And that’s it, they found a formula that works. It’s another case of the AC/DCs, I guess.

Their first album, Mommy’s Little Monster is a great example of the sort of US punk that was coming from the underground in the early 80s, loud, fast, angry about most things. The Sex Pistols and The Clash are the clearest influences here. To the point that if you crossed The Clash’s debut album with Never Mind The Bollocks, it would probably sound like this. Lyrically, Mike Ness is found railing against the same things affecting other suburban punks around the USA, including police harrassment, boredom, love, hate and generally being treated as outcasts by society. Just a group of angry young kids, making music for angry young kids.

Definitely in keeping with The Sicilian, by Oakland punks Fleshies, this album makes me feel like I’m 17 years old again

Lukas Dam.


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