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Editors’ Notes

Pioneers of Orange County punk, Adolescents were more hardcore than their contemporaries Social Distortion and Agent Orange. Their eponymous 1981 debut album was produced by Mike Patton, who was then in a band called Middle Class. “I Hate Children” opens with raw aggression, as Tony Cadena snarls into a microphone as guitar-abusing brothers Frank and Rick Agnew play hard-throttled riffs as if they were racing each other for beer money. “Self Destruct” is a 48-second sonic whirlwind that was created solely for the purpose of jumping in the pit, smashing some punks, and jumping out. Conversely, “Kids of the Black Hole” is a five-minute and 27-second punk epic that eulogizes an abandoned building infamous for housing squatting punks, parties, and makeshift shows. “Amoeba” makes good use of the same kind of gang vocals that were the signature sound of Glenn Danzig’s first band, The Misfits. Here and throughout the album, the Agnew brothers unleash Johnny Thunders–inspired guitar solos that balance a competitive call and response. The anthemic “Creatures” is a perfect example of how hardcore albums should close.

Customer Reviews

buy it you wont regret it

socal hardcore at itsbest

Killer Album

Best of the Adolescents right here. Great album start to finish. Classic punk rock. Great to skate to

I love punk

Great band. Alot of recordings from this time don't sound nearly as good as this. They are a great band with a lot of talent. Only if modern musicians had the kind of passion and power these guys had.


Formed: 1980 in Fullerton, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s

One of Southern California's best-loved hardcore bands, the Adolescents helped establish the blueprint for Orange County punk, along with Agent Orange and Social Distortion. Although their music was the most standard-issue of the three, the Adolescents' blazing energy and quintessential teenage snottiness gave them an instant connection with their audience, and defied their upbringing in California's bastion of staid conservatism. Their original lineup was only together briefly, and the majority...
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