Sunday, November 06, 2011

Top 4 Bands from Orange County

Today, we are stopping in an area of California called Orange County. Orange County is an area of California that includes cities such as Huntington Beach, Fullterton, Anaheim, among many others.

4............PROJECT 86

Project 86 is a Christian hardcore rock band that formed in 1996 by singer Andrew Schwab and drummer Alex Albert. Although they are known primarily as being a post-hardcore act, their music often incorporates other styles such as gothic metal and some elements of hip-hop.

Official website
Project 86 MySpace page
Project 86 Wiki article

Studio albums (EPs included):
Project 86 (1998); Drawing Black Lines (2000); Truthless Heroes (2002); Songs To Burn Your Bridges By (2003); And the Rest Will Follow (2005); The Kane Mutiny EP (2007); Rival Factions (2007); This Time of Year EP (2008); Picket Fence Cartel (2009)

They released one live album in 2010 titled 15.Live

My favorites:
One-Armed Man; Little Green Men; Your Heroes Are Dead; The Spy Hunter; The Great Golden Gate Disaster; Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy; Sincerely, Ichabod; All of Me; Necktie Remedy; Evil (A Chorus of Resistance); Pull Me Closer, Violent Dancer; The Kane Mutiny; Lucretia My Reflection (Sisters of Mercy cover); Destroyer; The Butcher

3............THE OFFSPRING

The Offspring, if you aren't aware, are a punk rock band that was put together in 1984 by Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel in Huntington Beach. They were originally called Manic Subsidal.

Official website
Offspring Wiki article

Studio albums:
The Offspring (1989); Baghdad EP (1991); Ignition (1992); Smash (1994); Ixnay on the Hombre (1997); Club Me EP (1997); Americana (1998); A Piece of Americana EP (1998); Conspiracy of One (2000); Splinter (2003); Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008)

Compilation albums:
The Offspring Collection (1999); Greatest Hits (2005); Happy Hour! (2010)

My favorites:
Gotta Get Away; Gone Away; All I Want; Pretty Fly for a White Guy; The Kids Aren't Alright; Want You Bad; Million Miles Away; Hit That; Hammerhead; You're Gonna Go Far, Kid; Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?

2............AGENT ORANGE

Agent Orange is a punk rock band that was formed in 1979. Musically, they incorporate a lot of surf rock into their music. The band lineup basically rotates around its one sustainable member, singer/guitarist Mike Palm. I have seen this band several times and even had the chance to hang out with on a couple of occasions. They are still active although they really don't release much music all that often. They mostly just play live.

Official website
Agent Orange Wiki article

Studio albums (EPs included):
Bloodstains EP (1979); Living in Darkness (1981); Bitchin Summer EP (1982); When You Leave Expect It EP (1984); This Is the Voice (1986); Virtually Indestructible (1996)

They released one live album, Real Live Sound in 1990 and one compilation, Blood Stained Hitz.
My favorites:
Everything Turns Grey; Miserlou (Dick Dale cover); The Last Goodbye; Bloodstains; Living in Darkness; In Your Dreams Tonight; This Is All I Need; Let It Burn; Unsafe At Any Speed; So Close and Yet So Far


Social Distortion, of course, is a punk rock band that was formed in 1978 by Mike Ness in Fullerton, CA. The original line-up consisted of 3 guys that left the band to start another Orange County punk band, The Adolescents. This is another band whose lineup rotates around the front man, Mike Ness.

Official website
Social D Wiki article

Studio albums:
Mommy's Little Monster (1983); Prison Bound (1988); Social Distortion (1990); Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992); White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996); Sex, Love and Rock n Roll (2004); Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (2011)

Compilation albums:
Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past (1995); Greatest Hits (2007)

They also released on live album, Live at the Roxy in 1998.

My favorites:
Another State of Mind; Telling Them; Mommys Little Monster; Prison Bound; So Far Away; Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover); Sick Boys; Story of My Life; Cold Feelings; Bad Luck; King of Fools; Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones cover); Dear Lover; Don't Drag Me Down; I Was Wrong; Through These Eyes; When the Angels Sing; Down Here With the Rest of Us; Reach for the Sky; Don't Take Me for Granted; Angel's Wings; Road Zombie; Machine Gun Blues

Here are some other bands from the Orange County area:
Avenged Sevenfold
Reel Big Fish
The Vandals
Velvet Revolver
No Doubt
Kottonmouth Kings
Save Ferris
Sugar Ray

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