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In a word, endurance could be used to describe the themes in Ness' songs and Social D.'s history. After they released "Mommy's Little Monster", the band disappeared into the pitfalls of sin, and it seemed Ness would become a punk rock tragedy found dead somewhere in Orange County of a heroin overdose. However with the release of "Prison Bound" in the mid 80's, Ness resurrected the band's presence in the punk scene. The album revealed a sober-minded Mike Ness, signified his renewed attitude about the business of living and exposed unlikely musical influences. Albums that followed were a discovery into his life and a whole generation of "sick boys" and girls identified with his tough, yet vulnerable persona. Ness's songs of love, hate, loss and pain have been striking an emotional chord with punk fans for over 20 years and continue to reverberate with each new generation. Judging by Social D's upcoming new material, the band will strike those same chords later this year with a new album. If they continue their yearly HOB residence, expect a stint of even more shows at year's end and early 2004 - all sold out of course.
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