Inquiring Minds

The Adolescents: Still Punk Rock Kids From The Black Hole

"We were little pricks, but bored out of our minds..."

For 30 years, seminal Orange County punk band the Adolescents has unleashed anthemic teen angst, since mutated into wise adult aggravation, in intermittent bursts. Sure, members come and go at revolving-door speed, but core kids from the black hole Steve Soto (bass) and Tony Cadena (vocals) remain at the helm.

They keep offering each new generation a chance to sing along to tunes from their self-titled 'blue album' onwards that evoke the confusing world of politics, science and everyday struggles to survive as loners and outcasts.

Rocks Off: The ties between the Adolescents, Agent Orange and Social Distortion are well-known, but how did the band feel about Middle Class and Red Kross?

Steve Soto: One of the first bands we met when I was in Agent Orange was Red Kross. We used to have to hang out in front of the Hong Kong Café depending on who was working the door. Some of the staff were more lenient about our age than others. Anyway, when we (AO) first started playing in Hollywood, we were the youngest band, then we met Steve McDonald, and he was all of 12 years old (we were 15), so we lost our youngest band status.

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