Mike Ness

Mike Ness

The frontman for punk survivors Social Distortion, singer/guitarist Mike Ness was born April 3, 1962, in Stoneham, MA. Raised primarily in Orange County, CA, he was kicked out of his parents' house at age 15 and spent the years which followed in and out of jail and experimenting with drugs; after forming Social Distortion in 1979, Ness' struggles with addiction deepened, and after recording the now-classic Mommy's Little Monster in 1983, his self-destructive lifestyle (vividly captured in the 1985 documentary Another State of Mind) nearly broke up the band. After getting clean and sober, Ness reconvened Social Distortion for 1988's rootsy Prison Bound, followed in 1990 by the group's self-titled major-label debut, which launched the hit "Ball and Chain." After 1992's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, however, the band went on an extended hiatus, not resurfacing until White Light, White Heat, White Trash four years later.

In 1999, Ness made his solo debut with Cheating at Solitaire. The title slyly hints at the fact that he didn't do this alone, and there are a stunning array of guests on the album, including contributions from Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and members of the Royal Crown Revue. Even if the record is loaded with cameos, it remains very much the work of Mike Ness, emphasizing his love of American roots music.

Title Album Genre Tools
I'm In Love With My Car Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Lapsteel
Key:
C♯
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, Epic, Feel-Good, Percussive/Drums, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Car Chase, Film Trailer, Fist Fight, Game Day, In Love, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Punk
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #10
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27364
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
If You Leave Before Me Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
2000s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Lapsteel, and Mandolin
Key:
E♭
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Driving, Feel-Good, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, Sentimental, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Film Trailer, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Americana, Heartland Rock, and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #11
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27365
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
The Devil In Miss Jones Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Lapsteel, and Percussion
Key:
B♭ minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Driving, Epic, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, End Title/Credits, Fist Fight, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Americana, Heartland Rock, and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #1
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27354
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Misery Loves Company Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Lapsteel, Percussion, Saxophone, Tambourine, and Wind Instruments
Key:
C
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Driving, Epic, Feel-Good, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Frat Party, Goodbye, Heartbreak, Make-Up, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Heartland Rock, Indie Rock, and Punk
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
duet and male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #2
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27355
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Crime Don't Pay Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Lapsteel, Saxophone, and Wind Instruments
Key:
F minor
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Epic, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, End Title/Credits, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Goodbye, Heartbreak, Rainy Day, Road Trip, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Heartland Rock and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #3
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27356
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Ballad Of A Lonely Man Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Lapsteel
Key:
G♯
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Driving, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Frat Party, Goodbye, Heartbreak, Patriotic, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Americana, Heartland Rock, and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #9
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27363
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Rest Of Our Lives Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Lapsteel
Key:
C
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Driving, Epic, Feel-Good, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, Patriotic, Sunny Day, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Americana, Heartland Rock, and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #4
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27357
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Cheating At Solitaire Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Strings, and Violin
Key:
G♯
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Climactic, Dark, Dramatic, Epic, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Film Trailer, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, Rainy Day, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Americana, Heartland Rock, and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #5
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27358
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
No Man's Friend Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, and Wind Instruments
Key:
C minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Epic, Moody, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Film Trailer, Goodbye, Heartbreak, Rainy Day, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Heartland Rock and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #6
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27359
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Charmed Life Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Lapsteel
Key:
C minor
Keywords:
Aggressive, Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Driving, Epic, Feel-Good, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, Rainy Day, Road Trip, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Punk
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #7
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27360
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Dope Fiend Blues Cheating At Solitaire Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Mike Ness
Era:
1990s
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Keyboard
Key:
F minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Driving, Epic, Feel-Good, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Film Trailer, Fist Fight, Frat Party, Heartbreak, Morning After, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Heartland Rock, Indie Rock, and Punk
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Cheating At Solitaire, #8
Release Year:
1999
Track ID:
27362
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Take Me Back