The Explosive Return Of Social Distortion

Turn it up and rip your eardrums right outta yer head.

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.