It took them nearly thirty years, but on Monday night Mike Ness and the rest of the guys from Social Distortion made their network television debut with a performance of “Machine Gun Blues” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Dressing for the occasion, Ness shed his usual wardrobe of jeans, a tee, and slick backed hair, for something a little more gangster to deliver the band’s newest single, “Machine Gun Blues”. And while three decades and countless lineup changes have taken its toll on the band, their sound remains unmistakable. As Ness broke into the song’s first verse, “Well Im a gangster 1934 / Junkies, Winos, Pimps and Whores / And all you men, women and kids / best get out the way,” it was affirmed that their forthcoming album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, will be worth the wait.
Originally planned for a November release, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes will now hit shelves January 18th via Epitaph Records. But since it’s not too smart to leave a punk hangin’, Social D has already released “Machine Gun Blues” over at Amazon.
Update: Social Distortion also played their classic track “Story of My Life”. Watch it below:
Video courtesy of The Audio Perv