The Adolescents

When I think of LA Punk I think of the Adolescents. If I could only pick one song to capture the Early 80s So-cal Punk scene I would pick “Kids of the Black Hole” by the Adolescents. Yup I said it. That one song alone captures the whole vibe and feel of the early 80s in LA.
It is no surprise that their debut album on Frontier records (The Blue Album) is one only second to the Dead Kennedy’s “Fresh Fruit For Rotting vegetables” as the best selling California Punk album of all time.

Formed in 1980 with members of Agent Orange and Social Distortion, the Adolescents got their first break like many bands of the time played on Rodney Bingenheimer’s show “Rodney on the Roq”
I have no proof of this but I am convinced that the best Indie record shops on the West Coast Amoeba (in LA, San Francisco and Berkley) got their name from the early 7″ “Amoeba” . Anyone care to back me up on this?

Loud fast and snotty these guys sure know how to right catchy songs – some of my favorites are of course “Kids of the Blackhole”, I Hate Children” “Amoeba” and “Wrecking Crew” I can just see huge pits kicking off whenever Wrecking Crew would play.

To this day I have never seen the band live – they have split up and gone throw numerous line up changes, i recall to this day sometime around 2004-2005 staying at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood and flying back to NYC ….THE VERY SAME DAY the band were due to play the House of Blues right up the street – of course it being a business trip I could not get my ticket changed and stay an extra day. Oh well I am sure I will get the chance to see them one day in NYC.