Descendents (band)

Descendents (band)

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Infobox musical artist
Name = Descendents


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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Manhattan Beach, California, United States
Genre = Punk rock Hardcore punk Pop punk Skate punk [ [http://www.rhapsody.com/descendents Free Descendents Music Online, Music Downloads, Music Videos and Lyrics - Rhapsody Online ] ]
Years_active = 1978–1983 1984–1989 1995–1997 2002–present
Label = SST Records (beginning–1987) Epitaph Records (1996) Fat Wreck Chords (2004–present)
URL = [http://www.descendentsonline.com/ Official website]
Associated_acts = ALL, Black Flag, Only Crime
Current_members = Milo Aukerman Stephen Egerton Karl Alvarez Bill Stevenson
Past_members = Frank Navetta Tony Lombardo Ray Cooper Doug Carrion

The Descendents are a punk rock band from Manhattan Beach, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.

History

Early years

Descendents were formed in 1978 by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson. Their first release -- the only one with this lineup -- was "Ride the Wild"/"It's a Hectic World", a double A-side of melodic surf-pop.

In 1980 they enlisted Stevenson's old schoolfriend Milo Aukerman as a singer, and reappeared as a punk band, becoming a major player in the hardcore scene developing in Los Angeles at the time. Their first release with Aukerman, 1981's "Fat" EP, was a furious six-minute barrage of teen angst and goofball humour, featuring such songs as "My Dad Sucks" and the eleven-second "Wienerschnitzel".

Their debut album the following year, "Milo Goes to College", introduced an element of melody and sensitivity that set them apart from most other hardcore bands. They sang about being (and wanting to be) rejected ("I'm Not A Loser", "I Wanna Be A Bear", "Parents"), girls ("Hope", "Myage", "Marriage", "Kabuki Girl"), fishing ("Catalina"), and other subjects not normally discussed by their peers. Songwriting was shared among the band members, and Stevenson's songs in particular were to greatly influence the melodic punk-pop bands of the 1990s.

First hiatus

Milo Aukerman really was off to college, to embark on an education that would take him as far as a doctorate in biochemistry, while Bill Stevenson became the drummer for a while with fellow hardcore punks Black Flag. The band did not record again until 1985 with the album "I Don't Want to Grow Up". This was much more sensitive than "Milo...", despite songs such as the title track and "Pervert".

The band's lineup changed during the recording of "I Don't Want to Grow Up". Navetta left the band during the recording to become a fisherman in Oregon, and Lombardo left after the recording as touring was incompatible with his career as a postal carrier. Ray Cooper, who had originally replaced Milo as vocalist, then replaced Navetta on guitar upon Milo's return. Doug Carrion (formerly of ANTI) replaced Lombardo on bass.

Reformation

"Enjoy!", their next album (released in 1986) was not well received by critics. It was a mix of silly, nearly pointless songs ("Enjoy", "Kids", "Orgofart", etc.), and emotional, mature songs such as "Get The Time" and a cover of "Wendy" by the Beach Boys. Presumably to mock crossover thrash bands such as Suicidal Tendencies and D.R.I., the band even experimented with thrash metal on "Hürtin Crue".

After the Enjoy! tour, Ray Cooper got a job working in the emerging software scene and Doug Carrion left for other projects, eventually ending up in Dag Nasty. Stevenson invited Stephen Egerton and Karl Alvarez of Salt Lake City's Massacre Guys to replace them, and the now permanent lineup of the Descendents was in place.

"ALL"

The group released "ALL" in (1987), which, despite "Van", "ALL-O-Gistics" and the one-second "ALL", was the Descendents most mature 1980s album, and featured emotional songs such as "Coolidge", "Cameage" and "Clean Sheets". This would be the band's final album before their nine-year hiatus. On the reunion tour, the band that five years before had claimed that they "couldn't sell out a telephone booth" were selling out nearly every show.

With the release of "ALL", the Descendents introduced to the world the driving concept behind their career's work, from which the album derives its title, the philosophy of ALL. The song ALL was actually written at the time of the philosophy's conception around 1980, in the midst of the song-writing fury that produced a number of the tunes from the "Fat" EP, including "I Like Food." Stevenson co-wrote these songs with best friend/fishing buddy/Descendents "Fifth Member," Pat McQuiston. The two came up with the concept while working a late night on the water, and fishing and coffee (Enjoy's "Kids" and Everything Sucks's "Coffee Mug") remained themes for Descendents songs and spiritual aids in the quest for ALL, which they define quite conventionally as "the total extent." The idea of ALL as a concept beyond this conventional definition is one of endless self improvement. "The total extent" is an all-encompassing greatness, the pursuit of which is endless and impossible, but which is also the source of all real happiness. Thus, "No, ALL!," speaks to the fruits of this "endless quest," and "happiness is the pursuit of ALL" is the viable credo which is often lost in the midst of the Descendents' slightly more conventional dual-motif of off-beat humor and girls.

econd hiatus

Milo left after the back-to-back "ALL" and "FinALL" tours in 1987 and the remaining Descendents reformed with singer Dave Smalley (later replaced by Scott Reynolds, who was followed by Chad Price) and reformed under the name All, and continued the legacy until 1996, when they reformed again with Milo Aukerman, now a full-time research biochemist, to record and tour in support of the album "Everything Sucks", a bit of a return to their early-80s punk style (with Frank Navetta and Tony Lombardo making appearances on "Dog House" and "Eunuch Boy"). A reunion of sorts occurred at All's quasi-annual Stockage festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, in the spring of 2002. Frank Navetta joined Tony Lombardo and Bill Stevenson to play songs from when they were a trio, before Aukerman joined the group.

Recent history

In 2004 the band released the "'Merican" EP and their newest full length "Cool to Be You", which is among their more emotional releases to date. Containing songs not just about the regular Descendents lyrical themes, but also political commentary ("'Merican") and a more mature view on relationships, ("Talking, Anchor Grill") and break-ups ("She Don't Care").

The future of the Descendents is uncertain, as the Descendents now are scattered all across the country. Aukerman apparently is living in Newark, Delaware, Stevenson and Alvarez live in Fort Collins and Egerton lives with family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stevenson currently runs The Blasting Room recording studio in Fort Collins while Egerton hones his recording chops at Armstrong Recording Studio in Tulsa. 'Merican's "I Quit" leaves only question marks as to whether Milo will ever return again to record or tour with the Descendents. Meanwhile, All remains dormant with two albums left on the back burners as works in progress. Bill Stevenson is drumming for his new band, Only Crime as well as an outings with bassist Alvarez in The Last and Evan Dando's Lemonheads.

The Descendents have collaborated with Vans in mid-2006 to create a Descendents [http://www.vans.com/descendents/ signature shoe] .

The album "Milo Goes To College" and part of the song was featured on the television series One Tree Hill.

In November of 2006, "Tony Hawks Downhill Jam" was released for Nintendo's Wii console sporting a rerecorded version of the song "Myage", originally released on the Descendent's debut album, "Milo Goes to College." This has raised more questions as to the band's recording of a new album, as it was supposedly recorded in 2006. According to the forum administrator of [http://www.descendentsonline.com DescendentsOnline.com] , the band's official website, "we initially planned to use the original version of myage, but as the deadline grew near, and for whatever reason, SST Records had not responded to the Tony Hawk people's inquiries about using the original, Bill put this new version together just in time using Milo's vocals compiled from various alternate recordings of "Myage" that we had on hand, and Bill just playing everything else himself, due to the deadline." All instruments on this version were performed by Bill Stevenson.

Discography

Albums

[http://www.descendentsonline.com/discography/full_lengths/]
* "Milo Goes to College" (1982)
* "I Don't Want to Grow Up" (1985)
* "Enjoy!" (1986)
* "All" (1987)
* "Everything Sucks" (1996)
* "Cool To Be You" (2004)

ingles/EPs

[http://www.descendentsonline.com/discography/singles_eps/]
* Ride the Wild/It's a Hectic World single (1979)
* "Fat" (1981)
* Enjoy! - Promotional 7" (1986)
* Clean Sheets - Promotional 7" (1987)
* When I Get Old - Promotional CD (1996)
* I'm the One - Promotional CD (1996)
* When I Get Old (1997)
* I'm the One (1997)
* Sessions (1997)
* "'Merican" (2004)

Compilation albums

* "Bonus Fat" (1985)
** Includes the "Fat" EP and the band's debut single in their entirety
* "Two Things at Once" (1988)
** Includes "Bonus Fat" and "Milo Goes to College" in their entirety
* "Somery" (1991)

Live albums

* "Liveage" (1987)
* "Hallraker" (1989)
* "Live Plus One" (2001)
** Double split album with ALL

Compilation appearances

[http://www.descendentsonline.com/discography/compilations/]
* "American Youth Report" (1982)
** Includes "I'm Not a Loser"
* "Duck and Cover" (1990)
* "Vans Warped Tour 2004" (2004)
** Includes "'Merican"
** Includes "Wendy"Punk-O-Rama 2" (1996)
** Includes "Coffee Mug"
* "The Blasting Room" (Owned & Operated Recordings, 1999)
** Includes "Like The Way I Know" (A previously unreleased outtake from the 1982 "Milo Goes To College" session)
* "" (Rhino Records, 2004)
** Includes "Suburban Home"
* "Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1" (2005)
** Includes "Sad State Of Affairs"
* "Punk-O-Rama Vol. 6" (2002)
** Includes "Original Me" (Live All cover)
* "Taylor Steele's "The Show" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (1998)
** Includes "Shattered" (A re-recorded version of a song also on bootleg recording from Enjoy recording sessions as "Shattered Milo/Your Face")
* "Short Music for Short People
** Includes "I like food"
*" " (1997)
** Includes "Lucky"

Bootleg & unreleased material

* "Still Hungry - Enjoy Sessions" (1986?)
** Includes the previously and currently unreleased "Doug Rides a Skateboard", "Vinnie", and "Your Face"

* "I Don't Want To Get Bootlegged" (year 1980's sometime?)
** Includes 3 untitled and unreleased songs labeled "Song 1", "Song 2", "Song 3", and a song called "Red"

Tribute albums

* "" (1995)
** Released on "Coolidge Records"

The punk band Voodoo Glow Slulls covers I'm Not A Loser on the compilation "Punk Sucks". It is credited as "Descendent's Song"

A cover of the song "Cheer" appears on the Saves The Day "Ups And Downs: Eary Recordings and B sides" compilation

Other Information

The Descendents are mentioned in the song "13 Stitches" by NOFX.

Band members

Current members

*Milo Aukerman Lead vocals (1980-1982, 1984–present)
*Stephen Egerton Guitar (1987–present)
*Karl Alvarez Bass (1987–present)
*Bill Stevenson Drums (1978–present)

Past members

*David Nolte - Vocals (1978-1979) [http://www.descendentsonline.com/faq]
*Gwynn Kahn - Vocals (1980 [http://www.descendentsonline.com/archive/interviews/] )
*Frank Navetta - Guitar, Vocals (1978–1984; guest [http://www.descendentsonline.com/faq] - 1996, 2002)
*Tony Lombardo - Bass, Vocals (1978–1985; guest [http://www.descendentsonline.com/faq] - 1996, 2002)
*Ray Cooper - Vocals, Guitar (1982–1986)
*Doug Carrion - Bass (1985–1986)

Related bands

*ALL - Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton, (Milo Aukerman also frequently performed backing vocals on recordings)
*Black Flag - Bill Stevenson, (Milo Aukerman also performed backing vocals on recordings)
*Buggerall - Randel Jilek
*Dag Nasty - Doug Carrion
*Doggy Style - Doug Carrion
*Humble Gods - Doug Carrion
*Left Insane - Stephen Egerton
*The Lemonheads - Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez
*The Last - Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, David Nolte
*Milestone - Milo Aukerman
*Minuteflag - Bill Stevenson
*Only Crime - Bill Stevenson
*TonyALL - Tony Lombardo, Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton
*Spiffy - Tony Lombardo, Ray Cooper

References

*allmusic|id=11:jifuxqe5ld6e|label=Descendents

External links

* [http://www.descendentsonline.com Descendents Online]
* [http://www.allcentral.com All Central]
* [http://www.fatwreck.com Fat Wreck Chords]
* [http://www.epitaph.com Epitaph Records]
* [http://www.blastingroomstudios.com The Blasting Room]
* [http://www.armstrongrecording.com Armstrong Recording] Stephen Egerton's recording studio.
* [http://www.drumogre.com Bill Stevenson's Homepage]
* [http://www.oandorecords.com/ Owned And Operated Records] Website for Bill Stevenson's Owned And Operated Records.
* [http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/flipsidedescendents.html Flipside Interview] - Descendents interview from 1986
* [http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/suburbanvoicedescendents.html Suburban Voice Interview] - Descendents interview from 1985


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