The punk rock band Social Distortion was formed in California, in 1978. The current lineup includes Mike Ness, Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo Jr., and David Kalish. The band is particularly famous for such hits as “I Was Wrong”, “Bad Luck”, and “Far Behind”.
The first concert given by Social Distortion in a nightclub was disrupted by the police. Mike Ness spit in the cop’s face and was immediately arrested. Upon release, Mike continued working with the band and invited even more controversial members, such as Dennis Dannell. He was a bass guitar player for three years and then switched to a guitar. Other band members weren’t happy with the choice. As a result, two of them left to form their own band.
While Social Distortion was dealing with lineup changes, their songs started to gain popularity by appearing on the radio. As a result, they signed a contract with Posh Boy. In 1981, the band released their first single “Mainliner”, which failed to get into any charts. A year later, the band was shown in a documentary Another State of Mind and went on a big tour of the USA.