Social Distortion makes top 5
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
– Not even Taylor Swift will be the leading country disc when the Billboard top 200 of the best selling CDs comes out Thursday. The country/punk music of Social Distortion's "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" will be number 4, selling a best ever 46,000 units. The disc will not be listed on the country charts. The disc is the first for Epitaph and its first studio release in six years. Swift's "Speak Now" was the eighth best selling CD in the U.S. this past week.
The Decemberists' softer sounding "The King Is Dead" CD topped the list with its first number 1 and sales of 94,000 units. The disc also contains a country song or two.
CD reviews for Social Distortion
Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,
Listening to Social Distortion's 1990 self-titled breakthrough recently, the sheer quality of the songs and the exciting feel emanating from each track was exciting. A cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire blows the listener away. Ball and Chain was a bona fide classic. And who can forget Story of My Life? This is where Social Distortion made their mark. Hard to believe that was 20 years ago.
Sadly, on Social D's latest release, "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes," we get none »»»
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