If anyone still needs proof that punk--the raw, furious take-no-prisoners
sound of rebellion--is still alive and well, dig the upcoming Social
Distortion album, White Light, White Heat, White Trash, due Sept. 17.
The album cover is comprised of three photos: an angel stands behind the words
"white light," a scantily clothed stripper signifies "white heat," and for
"white trash," an ever-so-timely syringe being injected into a vein. From the
blast of instrumental raw power that opens the album, leading into "Dear
Lover," this album has the sound of greatness. The song titles: "Don't Drag Me
Down," "Untitled," "I Was Wrong," "Through These Eyes," "Down On The World
Again," "When The Angels Sing,' "Gotta Know The Rules," "Crown of Thorns,"
"Pleasure Seeker," "Down Here With The Rest Of Us" and "Dear Lover." The album
was produced by Michael Beinhorn; the group's two previous efforts were
produced by Dave Jerden. Social Distortion--singer/guitarist Mike Ness,
guitarist Dennis Danell, bassist John Maurer and drummer Chuck Biscuits (who
worked with D.O.A., the Circle Jerks and others), who has replaced Randall
Carr--have been quietly playing warm-up club dates on the West Coast. Last
night they ripped it up at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. The Green
Day of '96? I wouldn't be surprised.