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Editors’ Notes

At precisely the time that Southern California hardcore was threatening to implode due to its increasingly codified negativity and machismo, Descendents released their full-length debut, Milo Goes to College. The Manhattan Beach band did for hardcore what The Buzzcocks had done for British punk five years earlier: they made the form faster, funnier, and more melodic. The album addressed time-honored themes of hormonal frustration, parental conflict, and the emptiness of suburban culture—but with freshness and authenticity, renewing the freedom and fun of punk rock. With the youthful vocals of singer Milo Aukerman (a biochemistry student at the time) and a musical attack as sugary as it was aggressive, Descendents were the first hardcore group that made it safe to be a nerd. More crucially, the members embraced their identities at a time when not being a “true punk” could get you whipped within the SoCal hardcore community. In that way, Milo Goes to College serves as a crucial reaffirmation of punk’s essential virtue: against everyone else’s expectations, always be true to thyself.

Customer Reviews

Uh, I think this where so cal punk started

Dude, I'm 40 but I had this when it came out 24 years ago and can't help but be cynical when I hear all of these "punk" bands today. It all reminds me of a bad impersonation of THIS BAND. Milo goes to college is one of the best true punk/hardcore albums of all time along with "Damaged" by Black Flag & "Out of Step" by Minor Threat. This album is funny, fast and essential. Particular props to Milo who is at his cynical best and has one of the best voices in punk and to Bill Stevenson (also of Black Flag fame) for some seriously speedy and precise drumming. This is an absolute must have classic. Great songs throughout, but my faves are "Catalina", "Myage" and "Bikeage". Oh, and "Marriage" is mine & my wife's unofficial song.

Screw Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy, and Simple Plan, THIS is punk.

It's hard for me to say whether this band is better than the Ramones or not, but this album is flawless. This IS one of the best punk albums there is. My picks: Parents, Catalina, Suburban Home, Kabuki Girl, Hope, Bikeage, Jean Is Dead.

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I want to be stereotyped I want to be classified I want to be stereotyped I want to be classified I want to be a clone I want a suburban home Suburban home Suburban home Suburban home I want to be a masochistic I want to be statistic I want to be a clone I want a suburban home Suburban home Suburban home Suburban home I don't want no hippie pad I want a house just like mom and dad

Biography

Formed: 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fueled by "rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing and food," the Descendents sprang up during the halcyon days of the Los Angeles punk scene; fusing the blind rage of hardcore with an unexpectedly wry, self-deprecating wit and a strong melodic sensibility which set them distinctly apart from their West Coast brethren, they gradually emerged as one of the most enduring and adored bands of their time. Formed in 1979, the Descendents' first lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Frank Navetta, vocalist/bassist...
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