Social Distortion – White Light, White Heat, White Trash

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Mark & Thom

Mark is the creative director and co-founder of Burro Borracho Records. After high school he spent a few years working as a manager with Wherehouse Music. He occasionally plays drums and has been in such non-productive go nowhere band start ups that no one has ever heard of like The Unsex, Avenue C, The Reaganauts, and Next Time I See Murphy (which also saw him play some guitar and take on vocal duties). He was the original drummer for Quiet Morning & the Calamity but left the band to pursue a degree in Motion Graphic Design.
During his college years, as photo editor of his school newspaper, his review of Radiohead's Kid A won first prize for Critical Review in a California statewide collegiate journalism contest. After graduating with his degree he filled in back on drums for QM&TC's first national tour in support of their debut EP Son of the Sad Soul, which features the song Gambling On Old Tires which Mark co-wrote.
Thanks to the influence of his mother who spent all her years playing guitar and singing folk songs, as well as three older brothers with drastically differing musical tastes, Mark has always known the important role music can and should play and has been a music fan all his life but he's only been a stubborn overly opinionated asshole about the superiority of his on musical tastes since his early teenage years. At the last count he had about 1,200 compact discs. Yes, he still collects cds.

Thom's a digital marketer by day and armchair theologian, podcaster, writer, amateur home chef, and beer aficionado by night. When not working, he's a typical family man with a propensity to create.

In this episode, Mark and Thom take a deep dive into Social Distortion’s fifth studio release, White Light, White Heat, White Trash. They discuss the band’s history, personnel changes, influences, and the impact this album had on the punk and alternative music scenes as well as random chats about Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Show Notes:

00:01:03 – Intro and catch up
00:02:11 – Mark and Thom talk histories with Social Distortion and punk
00:04:32 – Mike Ness and his musical influences
00:08:38 – Turnover in Social D
00:19:08 – Dear Lover
00:23:04 – Don’t Drag Me Down
00:25:16 – Untitled
00:27:33 – I Was Wrong
00:32:19 – Through These Eyes
00:36:44 – When the Angels Sing
00:40:35 – Gotta Know the Rules
00:42:18 – Crown of Thorns
00:44:38 – Pleasure Seeker
00:47:33 – Insights from
00:50:31 – Down Here (With the Rest of Us)
00:51:36 – Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones cover)
00:53:30 – Mark & Thom’s top 3
00:57:28 – Mark’s favorite blouse, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and the rodeo
01:00:28 – Final thoughts

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