Social Distortion is one of the greatest punk groups of all time, and even 40 years after forming in Fullerton, California back in 1978, they’re still recording music and rocking live shows. They helped define the rockabilly and punk scene in southern California in the early '80s, beginning with their debut album Mommy’s Little Monster and reaching a fever pitch with their self-titled third studio album. Social Distortion was jam-packed with hits like“Ball and Chain,”“Story of My Life,” and a beloved cover of“Ring of Fire.”
There’s no doubt you’ve seen the classic Social Distortion skeleton logo if you’ve heard their music. The fedora-wearing skeleton looks like he’s having a great time; a cigarette in one hand and a martini in the other. This was meant to represent the cycle of life and death and its celebration. Mike Ness — the only remaining founding member — saw the skeleton on a New Year’s Eve invitation that his friend designed and felt it struck the right tones for what he wanted Social D to represent. It’s a truly iconic logo for a band that helped pave the way for an entire genre.