Social D rocks. I realize that they aren't quite hip/folk enough to be loved by the alt-rockers are a little to bluesy to be loved by the hardcore punks and pop punks and a little to punk to be loved by the classic rockers, but I love them.
True, some of their lyrics can be a bit clumsy and they haven't really grown musically, but to me they sound like rock 'n' roll. "1945" is the most rocking song ever and "Angel Wings" is the best punk song about growing up and getting married ever.
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Hard rock? But that makes me think of Van Halen and The Scorpions and I don't think that really fits.
Okay. Before posting, I thought I'd check out Wikipedia and this is one of those cases where Wikipeida is quite useful. After reading it, I'd say it's right on with what I get from listening to them:
"Social Distortion's main influence is mostly from a roots rock oriented direction, as well as from hardcore punk, psychedelic rock, blues, hard rock, modern rock, grunge and cowpunk. They have never considered themselves a hardcore punk band in any way. Bands/artists that have influenced Social Distortion are: Johnny Cash, The Clash, Dead Boys, Elvis Presley, KISS, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, New York Dolls, Queen, Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols and Neil Young."