Drummers of Social Distortion II – Carrot

Outra versão em inglês, a pedido do Christopher Reece

Another english version for Christopher Reece

After the departure of the guys from Adolescents, the first drummer to ever record something with Social Distortion was a man named Carrot. He recorded the band’s first single, Mainliner/Playpen, in 1981. On the cover appeared Social Distortion’s first logo, still on Mike Ness autograph signature.

Beside this EP, Robbie Field, from Posh Boy records, and his engineer David Hines, recorded other four songs in the same sessions of April 1981, with Carrot on drums: 1945, All the Answers, Moral Threat and Justice for All.


Justice for All was later renamed It´s The Law in the album Prison Bound, when drummer was the unbeatable Christopher Reece. A small piece on the second verse was changed. If you pay attention you´ll listen to it.

In 1981, the song Justice For All, almost a hardcore song, was like this:

The deputy had a bad night
He had a little fight with his wife
So he’s gonna be pissed on the job and
He’s gonna bum out your life

(follows translation in Portuguese)

In 1988, It´s The Law had these lyrics:

The deputy had a bad night
He couldn’t get it up for his wife
So he’s gonna be pissed on the job and
He’s gonna bum out your life

(follows translation in Portuguese)

It looks like Mike Ness was more pissed off in 1988 than in 1981. He was arrested and involved with heroin. In 1996, during the White Light White Heat White Trash tour, he once said on stage: “We don´t do no happy songs”. He became softer on 2003´s release Sex Love and Rock and Roll, and eventually did a couple of happy songs on 2011´s release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.

But in 1981, the band was a trio, with Carrot, Ness and Dannel. Mike played a SG guitar, with a Joan Jett and the Blackhearts decal on it.

All those songs from the 1981 sessions were re-released on Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past by Time Bomb Records.

The song 1945, in Posh Boy´s version, was played by Rodney Bingenheimer on KROQ-FM, and was released on the Rodney on the ROQ collection on the same year. Reappeared on 1983´s Blood On The ROQ and in 1989´s The Best Of Rodney On The ROQ.

This is all I know about Carrot, who is from Fullerton, Orange County. Anyway, he´s the second know drummer of Social Distortion, and the first to release anything on the band´s drums. The only picture of him I´ve ever seen is on the back cover of the fist EP. Next drummer would be Derek O´Brien.

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