If you've seen the dancing skeleton with the Panama hat on his head, a cigarette in one hand and a red-liquid-filled martini glass in the other (and you probably have) you may not have known that the image is not linked to a Dia de los Muertos celebration. It is, instead, the longtime happy--albeit slightly creepy--mascot of 30-year-old SoCal punk band Social Distortion. Founder Mike Ness' struggles with addiction were chronicled in the rock doc Another State of Mind, a visual diary of Social D's first national tour with fellow punkers Youth Brigade. It was an important glimpse into the life--and difficulties--of a young punk band on the road.
Mike Ness and Social D are still tearing it up on the road, still releasing new music (they have signed to Epitaph and are planning to release an album this fall) and still shakin' them bones.