The Adolescents are a hardcore punk band formed in 1980 in Fullerton, California. It is a supergroup band made up by early members of Agent Orange and Social Distortion. Along with Bad Religion, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Social Distortion, and many others, they are often credited as one of the leading bands of the 1980s punk revival.
For 27 years after its inception, the Adolescents have had many constant member changes. The band broke up and reformed twice, sometimes with different guitarists, bass players and/or drummers. Their first break up was sometime after the release of their 1981 self-titled debut release, which is often considered an influential punk rock album, when some members of the band were involved in their own projects, including Agent Orange and D.I.. However, the Adolescents reunited in 1986 and released two more albums (Brats in Battalions in 1987 and Balboa Fun Zone in 1988) before spltting up again in 1989. The band once again reunited for good in 2001 for a 20th anniversary tour and had continued performing ever since. They released one reunion album (O.C. Confidential in 2005) and are currently writing/recording new material for their next album, which is possibly due for release sometime in 2008.
The Adolescents signed with Frontier Records in January 1981 and recorded their debut album, The Adolescents, the following month. It quickly became one of the best-selling California hardcore albums, behind the Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. Despite this success, Rikk Agnew left the band. He was replaced by Pat Smear, formerly of The Germs. This lineup lasted until the end of June, when Smear left (he would later go on to join Nirvana during its final years, and then Foo Fighters, although he would leave that band to go solo again in 1997).
In 1988 Rikk Agnew and Steve Soto decided to replace Colburn with Paul Casey and start singing themselves. Casey left after four months and Frank Agnew replaced him on guitar, after touring the band recorded their then-final album Balboa Fun Zone.
The Adolescents broke up in April 1989. Steve Soto, Sandy Hansen and Frank Agnew started Joyride and Rikk Agnew did a couple of solo albums.
In March 2007, bassist Steve Soto confirmed that The Adolescents had begun writing material for their follow-up to O.C. Confidential, which was possibly due for release "by the end of" that year. According to the band's Myspace blog, The Adolescents are now working on the new album and expect to release it in the spring of 2008.
Line-up is always two guitars, but who those two are varies from show to show, depending on performer's availability.
|1981||The Adolescents||Debut release.|
|1987||Brats in Battalions||The first Adolescents album since their first break up.|
|1988||Balboa Fun Zone||Final album before breaking up again.|
|2005||O.C. Confidential||The first Adolescents album since their second break up.|
|2008||Untitled 5th album||The band is currently working on their follow-up to O.C. Confidential.|
|1987||Rat Music for Rat People, Vol. 3||CD Presents Compilation|
|1989||Live 1981 and 1986||Live album|
|1997||Return to the Black Hole||Live album|
|2003||Live at the House of Blues 10/3/03 (The Show Must Go Off!)||Live album; CD/DVD Set|
|2005||Complete Demos 1980-1986||Compilation|