Descendents

Karl Alvarez Bass 

Stephen Egerton Guitar 

Bill Stevenson Drums 

Milo Aukerman Vocals 



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With that tongue-in-cheek battle cry, the nerdsome foursome declared their war against mediocrity. Fueled by the omni-ambitious doctrine of ALL (not ALL the band...that comes later. ALL the concept based on THE TOTAL EXTENT, the peak of pinnacles) and a series of caffeine binges, the essences of pop and punk were percolated together in a way that has yet to be recreated, though many have died trying. Ranks of sympathetic adolescents, previously excluded from the ferocious world of punk rock, followed the sound. They boldly strapped on their glasses, wiped their noses on their sleeves, and launched into the slam pit chanting the Descendents' refrain "I'M NOT A LOSER" like a mantra.

In 1978 the Descendents formed under their common credo of fishing, girls, and velocity. Existing briefly as a power trio, the LA-based group released the 7" single "Ride the Wild" before recruiting a certain crop-haired honors' class geek cum heart-throb (enter MILO--see ubiquitous illustration) on vocals. They released the "Fat" EP in 1981, the only record in the Descendents expansive catalog that does not contain a single love song. The quintessential Descendents album, "Milo Goes to College," hit local record stores in 1982. It's fusion of catchy melody with raw, spastic energy (henceforward known as "power pop", "melodic hardcore," or the ever popular "pop punk"), caused the Los Angeles Times to write "perfect for the little guy who was ever called a nerd and never got the girl. The Chain Saw pop combined with earthy humor conveys what is often an inarticulate rage."

In 1982, Milo was seduced by the fast-track lifestyle of biochemistry and left for college. Bill enrolled as full-time drummer with Redondo Beach punk founders BLACK F...

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