30 Days of Noir: Day 16 ~ Moonlight Mishap

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Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. I’m a late-comer to the SocialD scene but since finding them a few years ago, I’d put them in heavy rotation.

The title for this one, Moonlight Mishap, came from their song Gimme The Sweet and Lowdown. The opening lyrics go:

It was a moonlight mishap
You lost your party hat
Seems your lifestyle ain’t so worthwhile after all
A heavy-hearted taxi ride
Then a walk on the wild side…

This song isn’t the most “noir,” just those two words, combined with the photo above, gave me this story to tell.

Now that I look back at it, that story starts with SocialD, but also combines some Springsteen lyrics as well. A double musical noir!

Bruce and SocialD, and their lead singer, Mike Ness, are pretty tight. Mike will play will Bruce when he’s in LA. And Social Distortion have played Asbury Park a number of times, most recently in 2015 on the The Stone Pony Summer Stage.

Tickets go fast. I’ve yet to see them.

Mike seems to enjoy that whole ’40s and ’50s vibe too, from his classic steel guitar to his choice of wearing baggy slacks, wing tips and suspenders. Not to mention the brilliant video/short film for Machine Gun Blues, inspired by, well, gangsters.

They’ve inspired me before. I’m sure they will inspire me again.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

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