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This article is about the California punk rock group. Descendents_sentence_0

For the Chilean experimental horror film, see Descendents (2008 film). Descendents_sentence_1

For other uses, see Descendant (disambiguation). Descendents_sentence_2


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Descendents are an American punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California, United States, by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson. Descendents_sentence_3

In 1979, they enlisted Stevenson's school friend Milo Aukerman as a singer, and reappeared as a punk rock band, becoming a major player in the hardcore punk scene developing in Los Angeles at the time. Descendents_sentence_4

They have released seven studio albums, three live albums, three compilation albums, and three EPs. Descendents_sentence_5

Since 1986, the band's lineup has consisted of singer Milo Aukerman, guitarist Stephen Egerton, bassist Karl Alvarez, and drummer Bill Stevenson. Descendents_sentence_6

History Descendents_section_0

Early years, Fat EP, Milo Goes to College, and first hiatus (1978–1984) Descendents_section_1

In 1977, friends Frank Navetta and David Nolte began writing songs on acoustic guitars with the intention of forming a band. Descendents_sentence_7

They initially called themselves The Itch, until Navetta came up with the name Descendents. Descendents_sentence_8

By the end of the year they had failed to attract any more band members, so Nolte instead joined The Last with his brothers. Descendents_sentence_9

In late 1978 Navetta was joined by drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Tony Lombardo, revitalizing the Descendents project. Descendents_sentence_10

Nolte sang with the group at several of their early performances, but by the Spring of 1979 The Last were becoming more active and he left the Descendents. Descendents_sentence_11

The singerless "power trio" lineup of Navetta, Lombardo, and Stevenson recorded the band's debut single at Media Art studios and released it on their own label, Orca Records, named after Stevenson's fishing boat. Descendents_sentence_12

Lombardo sang "It's a Hectic World" while Navetta sang "Ride the Wild". Descendents_sentence_13

Nolte produced and mixed the session, and his brother Joe turned the lead guitar level up, resulting in the guitar being very loud in the mix. Descendents_sentence_14

The band's music at the time was described by Stevenson as a "coffee'd-out blend of rock-surf-pop-punk music [...] The sound consisted basically of Lombardo's hard-driving, melodic bass lines, Navetta's tight guitar riffing, and my 'caffinated' surf beats." Descendents_sentence_15

Steven Blush, author of American Hardcore: A Tribal History, describes the single as "a blend of Devo-style new wave and Dick Dale-like surf." Descendents_sentence_16

Ned Raggett of AllMusic describes it as surf-inspired power pop with a New Wave edge: "Not quite Devo if they grew up on the coast, but there's something to that comparison." Descendents_sentence_17

Lacking a lead singer, Navetta and Lombardo provided vocals on the single. Descendents_sentence_18

After a six-month trial with a female singer (Cecilia Loera), they recruited Milo Aukerman as their new vocalist. Descendents_sentence_19

The addition of Aukerman and the consumption of large amounts of coffee led the band to write shorter, faster, and more aggressive songs in a hardcore punk style. Descendents_sentence_20

They later released the Fat EP in 1982. Descendents_sentence_21

It was a record which established the band's presence in the southern California hardcore punk movement with its short, fast, aggressive songs. Descendents_sentence_22

For the recording of their first album in June 1982, the band worked at Total Access Recording in Redondo Beach, California with Spot, who had also engineered and produced the Fat EP. Descendents_sentence_23

While still short and fast, the songs on Milo Goes to College were also melodic. Descendents_sentence_24

Singer Milo Aukerman later reflected: "It's interesting: we started very melodic, then moved to hardcore, but melded the two at a certain point and became melodic hardcore." Descendents_sentence_25

The album's title and cover illustration referenced Aukerman's departure from the band to study biology at the University of California, San Diego. Descendents_sentence_26

The illustration was done by Jeff Atkinson, based on earlier caricatures by a high school classmate of Aukerman's named Roger Deuerlein, who had drawn comic strips and posters depicting Aukerman as the class nerd. Descendents_sentence_27

A note on the back of the LP read "In dedication to Milo Aukerman from the Descendents", and was signed by the other three members. Descendents_sentence_28

Aukerman later recalled that the band took his departure in stride: Descendents_sentence_29

The band continued performing for a time with Ray Cooper on vocals, who then switched to rhythm guitar, and occasionally with Aukerman when he would make return visits to Los Angeles. Descendents_sentence_30

At the same time, drummer Bill Stevenson had also joined Black Flag, intending to be in both bands at once but soon finding it too difficult due to Black Flag's touring and recording schedule:"The band had time off so I spent like two years with Black Flag. Descendents_sentence_31

I got in over my head. Descendents_sentence_32

When I joined Flag I had every intention of doing both bands but it was physically impossible. Descendents_sentence_33

Flag had all this stuff in progress, so I put Descendents on hold." Descendents_sentence_34

With Aukerman in college and Stevenson in Black Flag, the Descendents went on hiatus from 1983 to 1985. Descendents_sentence_35

During this time lead guitarist Frank Navetta burned all of his equipment and moved to Oregon, while Cooper and bassist Tony Lombardo performed as the Ascendants. Descendents_sentence_36

Reformation, I Don't Want to Grow Up, Enjoy!, All, and second hiatus (1985–1995) Descendents_section_2

In 1985 Stevenson left Black Flag and he, Aukerman, Cooper, and Lombardo reconvened as the Descendents for I Don't Want to Grow Up, recorded that April at Music Lab studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California with producer and engineer David Tarling and published by New Alliance Records. Descendents_sentence_37

Lombardo was unable to tour with the band due to his job with the United States Postal Service, and was replaced by Doug Carrion, who performed on their three tours in support of I Don't Want to Grow Up Descendents_sentence_38

After three tours in support of I Don't Want to Grow Up, the band recorded Enjoy! Descendents_sentence_39

in March and April 1986 at Radio Tokyo studios in Venice, California. Descendents_sentence_40

Drummer Bill Stevenson acted as producer of the album, working with recording engineers Richard Andrews and Ethan James. Descendents_sentence_41

The lyrics of "Hürtin' Crüe" derived from a high school classmate of singer Milo Aukerman who had earned a score of 1420 on the SAT, gaining him entry into the United States Military Academy. Descendents_sentence_42

Gloating about his accomplishment, he sang a taunt with the lyrics "I am better than you / You are a piece of poo / 1420". Descendents_sentence_43

Aukerman incorporated these lyrics into "Hürtin' Crüe". Descendents_sentence_44

The cover artwork for Enjoy! Descendents_sentence_45

was drawn by guitarist Ray Cooper under the pseudonym "Scoob Droolins". Descendents_sentence_46

Rather than printing the song titles on the reverse of the album's sleeve, the band instead replaced them with various euphemisms for feces. Descendents_sentence_47

The band supported Enjoy! Descendents_sentence_48

with a tour through the Summer of 1986. Descendents_sentence_49

Following the tour both Carrion and Cooper left the band, and were replaced by Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton, respectively, from the Utah band Massacre Guys. Descendents_sentence_50

In 1987 New Alliance was sold to SST Records, who re-released Enjoy! Descendents_sentence_51

on cassette and compact disc. Descendents_sentence_52

The cassette and CD versions added two additional tracks: "Orgofart" and "Orgo 51". Descendents_sentence_53

"Orgofart" consists entirely of the band members cheering each other on as they fart into recording equipment, a technique also used in "Enjoy", while "Orgo 51" is a heavy metal-influenced instrumental track. Descendents_sentence_54

One week later, on Stevenson's birthday of September 10, Stephen Egerton and Karl Alvarez moved from Salt Lake City to fill the vacant guitar and bass positions. Descendents_sentence_55

All was recorded in January 1987 at Radio Tokyo studios in Venice, California with recording engineer Richard Andrews and was produced by Stevenson. Descendents_sentence_56

Dez Cadena sang backing vocals, while Stevenson created the album's cover graphics and Alvarez provided illustrations for the sleeve and liner notes. Descendents_sentence_57

The album was themed around the concept of "All", which had been invented by Stevenson and friend Pat McCuistion during a fishing trip on Stevenson's boat Orca in 1980. Descendents_sentence_58

According to singer Milo Aukerman: "While drinking all this coffee in the midst of catching mackerel they came up with the concept of All — doing the utmost, achieving the utmost. Descendents_sentence_59

The more they got into it the more it turned into their own religion; it's partly humor, but it's also an outlook on how to conduct your life: to not settle for some, to always go for All." Descendents_sentence_60

Stevenson described the concept of "All" as "the total extent", and he and McCuistion had quickly written several short songs that would later be recorded by the Descendents, including "All" and "No, All! Descendents_sentence_61

", written "in a fit of Allular frustration. Descendents_sentence_62

The songs were only seconds long, but that was all the time we needed to make the point." Descendents_sentence_63

McCuistion also shared writing credit on "All-O-Gistics", a musical set of commandments for achieving All, including lyrics such as "Thou shalt not commit adulthood", "Thou shalt not partake of decaf", and "Thou shalt not suppress flatulence". Descendents_sentence_64

In a June 1987 interview with Music magazine, Stevenson elaborated on the "All" concept: Descendents_sentence_65

Aside from the concept of "All", other songs on the album such as "Coolidge", "Pep Talk", and "Clean Sheets" dealt with themes of broken relationships, while "Iceman" was loosely based on the play The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill. Descendents_sentence_66

The album was released through SST Records, who had purchased the Descendents' previous label New Alliance Records that year and also re-released all of their previous albums. Descendents_sentence_67

All was released in LP, cassette, and CD formats, the latter two containing the additional tracks "Jealous of the World" and "Uranus". Descendents_sentence_68

The band supported the album with a 60-day Spring 1987 tour, followed by the 50-day Summer "FinALL" tour, so-called due to Aukerman's decision to leave the band to pursue a career in biochemistry. Descendents_sentence_69

Recordings from these tours were used for the live albums Liveage! Descendents_sentence_70

(1987) and Hallraker: Live! Descendents_sentence_71

(1989). Descendents_sentence_72

Following Aukerman's departure the band added singer Dave Smalley of Dag Nasty and rechristened themselves All, a change Stevenson claimed he had wanted to make for eight years. Descendents_sentence_73

"Well, basically, I've been wanting to work with David for a long time; but at the same time, Milo has stuck with me for almost nine years now, so I wouldn't exactly feel right about just continuing to call us the Descendents. Descendents_sentence_74

In a sense that would be kind of like discrediting Milo's nine years worth of effort. Descendents_sentence_75

It's kind of like, 'Let the Descendents be my and Milo's sacred thing,' or whatever. Descendents_sentence_76

Who knows, at some point later on we might decide that we want to get together and record something. Descendents_sentence_77

On December 16, 1987, during the recording of the first All album Allroy Sez, Pat McCuistion died when his fishing boat sank during a storm. Descendents_sentence_78

Stevenson remarked that "He had 15,000 pounds of fish onboard, so I guess you could say he died in heated pursuit of All. Descendents_sentence_79

He was always the '5th member' of the band, besides being my best friend, next to Milo." Descendents_sentence_80

With Smalley and later singers Scott Reynolds and Chad Price, All released eight albums between 1988 and 1995, with Aukerman contributing occasional songwriting and backing vocals. Descendents_sentence_81

Second reformation, Everything Sucks, and third hiatus (1995–2003) Descendents_section_3

In 1995 Aukerman expressed a desire to return to recording and performing, so the band members decided to work with him as the Descendents while continuing to work with Price as All, in order to "make room for Milo without pushing Chad out." Descendents_sentence_82

Stevenson explained that the arrangement did not cause any resentment between the two singers: "[I]t's all totally good, it's just that when we are playing, Milo couldn't be All's singer, cause Chad is All's singer. Descendents_sentence_83

So, we decided that we could be Descendents with Milo, and All with Chad. Descendents_sentence_84

It's not really a reunion, we've been together the whole time." Descendents_sentence_85

Aukerman described his decision to rejoin the band as "really just my re-entry into the song writing, I had been away for so long and I just wanted to make music which is what I love to do." Descendents_sentence_86

Everything Sucks was recorded in June and July 1996 at The Blasting Room, a studio built and run by Stevenson in Fort Collins, Colorado. Descendents_sentence_87

Original Descendents members Tony Lombardo and Frank Navetta made appearances on the album: Navetta wrote the song "Doghouse" and both he and Lombardo played on it, marking the first recording by the original Descendents lineup of Aukerman, Lombardo, Navetta, and Stevenson since Milo Goes to College in 1982. Descendents_sentence_88

Lombardo also played on "Eunuch Boy", a song he and Aukerman had written fifteen years earlier. Descendents_sentence_89

According to Aukerman: "'Eunuch Boy' is the first song I ever wrote, really. Descendents_sentence_90

When we formed, Tony Lombardo, the original bass player said, 'Dude- you need to write some songs,' and I had never written a song before so I just wrote down some words and brought it to him. Descendents_sentence_91

He made the music for it." Descendents_sentence_92

Lombardo also wrote and played on "Gotta", which was left off of the album but released as a B-side on the "When I Get Old" single. Descendents_sentence_93

Chad Price sang backing vocals on the album, while Stevenson and Egerton produced and engineered it. Descendents_sentence_94

All had previously been signed to major label Interscope Records for 1995's Pummel, but were dissatisfied with the experience. Descendents_sentence_95

Both All and the Descendents signed to Epitaph Records, who released Everything Sucks, the subsequent All albums Mass Nerder (1998) and Problematic (2000), and the All/Descendents double live album Live Plus One (2001). Descendents_sentence_96

It was rumored that Epitaph would not sign All without getting the Descendents as well, but Stevenson explained that the arrangement was made because Epitaph head Brett Gurewitz would allow both bands to make albums at their discretion: Descendents_sentence_97

The Descendents supported Everything Sucks with a series of tours from September 1996 to August 1997 covering the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe, touring with Swingin' Utters, The Bouncing Souls, The Suicide Machines, Shades Apart, Guttermouth, Less Than Jake, Handsome, Electric Frankenstein, Social Distortion, Pennywise, H2O, and others. Descendents_sentence_98

Music videos were filmed for "I'm the One" and "When I Get Old", and both songs were released as singles in Europe. Descendents_sentence_99

Fourth reformation, Cool to Be You, reunions, Filmage, Hypercaffium Spazzinate and next album (2004–present) Descendents_section_4

In the early 2000s, Aukerman took a break from biochemistry and reunited with the Descendents to record a new album. Descendents_sentence_100

The recording sessions for Cool to Be You took place with Aukerman in February 2002 at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, with additional recording done in April at Planet of Sound in Wilmington, Delaware, and were produced by Stevenson. Descendents_sentence_101

The band recorded the music for the songs live in the studio with minimal overdubbing, and Aukerman's vocals were recorded over the instrumental tracks. Descendents_sentence_102

However, these recordings were not released for another two years. Descendents_sentence_103

Stevenson explained that the gap of eight years between Descendents albums was due to the band members having children and to his father's death. Descendents_sentence_104

For the release of Cool to Be You the Descendents signed to Fat Wreck Chords. Descendents_sentence_105

Label head and musician Fat Mike was a longtime fan of the band, and his enthusiasm for working with them was a major factor in their decision to sign to the label. Descendents_sentence_106

Stevenson commented that "If you've got the owner of the label saying he wants to put out a record by what is probably his favorite band of all time, that's rad. Descendents_sentence_107

That's the best possible position for a band to be in." Descendents_sentence_108

The album was preceded by the 'Merican EP in February 2004, followed by the full-length album in March. Descendents_sentence_109

Cool to Be You was released in both CD and LP formats, with a cover illustration drawn by Chris Shary depicting the band's Milo caricature drawn on graph paper. Descendents_sentence_110

In October 2008, founding member Frank Navetta died after "becoming ill over the course of a few days". Descendents_sentence_111

The official website of the Descendents gave its grief to Frank, "We're very sorry to announce that founding member of The DESCENDENTS, and close friend Frank Navetta died on October 31, 2008 after becoming ill over the course of a few days. Descendents_sentence_112

This is obviously a huge loss for the DESCENDENTS family. Descendents_sentence_113

His contribution to the band, and to music in general can not be overstated. Descendents_sentence_114

Frank will be truly missed." Descendents_sentence_115

In 2010 the Descendents reunited again for a series of gigs. Descendents_sentence_116

According to Milo, the reunion is not an official reformation. Descendents_sentence_117

He classified these as "one-off shows", usually occurring when he is able to take advantage of vacation breaks as working as a biologist to perform with the Descendents. Descendents_sentence_118

A documentary called Filmage documenting the story behind the Descendents and All premiered at Bloor Hot Docs cinema in Toronto on June, 15th 2013 as part of the NXNE Music and Film festival. Descendents_sentence_119

Directed by Matt Riggle and Deedle LaCour, Filmage had a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles starting September, 26th 2014 and was released in the US and Canada on VOD, Digital and Blu-ray/DVD September, 30th 2014. Descendents_sentence_120

In May 2015 it was announced by Stevenson that the band had been working on some demo songs for a new album, which could possibly be released mid-2016. Descendents_sentence_121

On April 22, 2016, it was announced that the band's next album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, along with an accompanying EP with 5 bonus tracks from the recording sessions entitled Spazzhazard would be released through Epitaph in July. Descendents_sentence_122

On June 7, the debut single from Hypercaffium Spazzinate "Victim of Me" was released on all streaming services. Descendents_sentence_123

In July 2016, Milo announced he would be leaving his scientific career to pursue the Descendents full-time, citing burnout with biochemistry and getting laid off from DuPont. Descendents_sentence_124

In April 2017, the band released a standalone single titled "Who We Are", a highly political song that laments the Presidency of Donald Trump and repudiates the bigotry, violence and divisiveness that the band feels he has caused. Descendents_sentence_125

In a March 2019 interview with OC Register, Aukerman revealed that Descendents were working on a new album: "When we put out the last record we thought, 'OK, I bet we could put out another record after this one and not wait a decade to do it.' Descendents_sentence_126

It was such a rewarding experience and you know what? Descendents_sentence_127

Our fans deserve better. Descendents_sentence_128

They deserve more than a record every decade or so. Descendents_sentence_129

We started writing almost immediately after that record was done. Descendents_sentence_130

I have been writing and Stephen (Egerton) has really picked up the mantle, too. Descendents_sentence_131

Between us I think we have like 20 songs written and Bill (Stevenson) and Karl (Alvarez) have been writing songs as well. Descendents_sentence_132

We've done some basic tracking, but it's still a work in progress but I hope we'll have something out by the end of the year." Descendents_sentence_133

In 2020, they released a single to streaming services, entitled "Suffrage" and including two songs, "On You" and "Hindsight 2020". Descendents_sentence_134

Lyrical and musical style Descendents_section_5

Over the years the Descendents style of music has changed from short under a minute hardcore style songs to average length 2-3 minute punk rock songs. Descendents_sentence_135

The lyrical content of the Descendents made them being cited at the time as one of the most significant punk bands of the 1980s hardcore punk movement. Descendents_sentence_136

Critics have cited that their earlier music style which reflected hardcore punk being influential to modern day skate punk and pop punk. Descendents_sentence_137

Steven Blush, author of American Hardcore: A Tribal History, remarked that their "cheeky love songs disguised as hardcore blasts became the most aped formula in rock." Descendents_sentence_138

Ned Raggett of AllMusic in his review of Milo Goes To College called it "an unpretentious, catchy winner. Descendents_sentence_139

The playing of the core band is even better than before, never mistaking increased skill with needing to show off; the Lombardo/Stevenson rhythm section is in perfect sync, while Navetta provides the corrosive power. Descendents_sentence_140

Add in Aukerman's in-your-face hilarity and fuck-off stance, and it's punk rock that wears both its adolescence and brains on its sleeve." Descendents_sentence_141

Bill Stevenson attributed the change of their sound to the band's invention of the "Bonus Cup": "We took ⅓ of a cup of instant coffee grounds, added some hot water, threw in about 5 spoonfuls of sugar, and proceeded to play 10 second songs. Descendents_sentence_142

The Bonus Cup became a part of everyday Descendents life." Descendents_sentence_143

Aukerman later recalled: "We started drinking too much coffee; 'cause of that and the addition of me, the music became very quick and all about bursts of energy. Descendents_sentence_144

It's interesting: we started very melodic, then moved to hardcore, but melded the two at a certain point and became melodic hardcore." Descendents_sentence_145

During the band's first reformation, the songs got longer, darker, and experimental. Descendents_sentence_146

Enjoy! Descendents_sentence_147

was marked by the use of toilet humor, with references to defecation and flatulence in its artwork, the title track, and "Orgofart". Descendents_sentence_148

It also displayed a darker, more heavy metal-influenced sound in songs like "Hürtin' Crüe", "Days Are Blood", and "Orgo 51", with other songs recalling the pop-influenced punk of the band's previous efforts. Descendents_sentence_149

The songs on Everything Sucks and Cool to Be You address topics including love and relationships, sociopolitical commentary, the death of parents, nerdiness, and flatulence. Descendents_sentence_150

"'Merican", their first overtly political song, addresses positive and negative aspects of American history, celebrating cultural figures such as Otis Redding, Duke Ellington, and Walt Whitman while condemning slavery, Joseph McCarthy, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Vietnam War. Descendents_sentence_151

Stevenson wrote "One More Day" about the death of his father, who he had taken in and cared for throughout the last year of his life: "He and I always had a terrible relationship. Descendents_sentence_152

We spent a good part of my adult life being somewhat estranged from each other. Descendents_sentence_153

He became ill and I took care of him for a little while. Descendents_sentence_154

And then he died. Descendents_sentence_155

That song is just about his and my relationship. Descendents_sentence_156

Just to get that out of me and not holding it inside anymore, is a huge relief for me [...] Every single time I hear that song, it just freaks me out. Descendents_sentence_157

I've never, ever written a song that's freaked me out that much." Descendents_sentence_158

Milo character Descendents_section_6

A caricature of singer Milo Aukerman has been a mascot for the Descendents since the early 1980s, appearing on the covers of five of the band's seven studio albums. Descendents_sentence_159

The character was created by Rodger Deuerlein, a classmate of Aukerman and drummer Bill Stevenson's at Mira Costa High School who taunted Aukerman by drawing comic strips and posters depicting him as the class nerd. Descendents_sentence_160

"He usually used me to make campaigns for people running for class office", said Aukerman." Descendents_sentence_161

I remember him making one that said 'Don't be a nerd like Milo, vote for Billy!' Descendents_sentence_162

or something like that." Descendents_sentence_163

For the cover of the Descendents' first album, Milo Goes to College (1982), Stevenson asked friend Jeff "Rat" Atkinson to draw his own interpretation of Deuerlein's Milo character: "I go 'Roger does the drawing'", recalled Atkinson, "He goes 'No, you gotta do it.' Descendents_sentence_164

I said 'Okay, what kind of Milo do you want?' Descendents_sentence_165

So I draw him a Milo. Descendents_sentence_166

First was the crew neck T-shirt, then I drew the polo shirt Milo, then I drew the Milo with a tie, because he goes to college. Descendents_sentence_167

Bill goes 'Oh, that’s it', and it becomes the cover of the first record." Descendents_sentence_168

For the band's 1985 album I Don't Want to Grow Up, the character was reinterpreted as a baby. Descendents_sentence_169

When the band's name was changed to All upon Aukerman's departure in 1987, bassist Karl Alvarez created the character Allroy to serve an equivalent function for the new band. Descendents_sentence_170

In addition to appearing on much of the Descendents' merchandise and promotional materials, the Milo character has been reinterpreted by other artists for all of the band's releases since 1996: Descendents_sentence_171


  • Reading a newspaper on the cover of Everything Sucks (1996). The full illustration, used for the lyric sheet and the "I'm the One" single, depicts the character sitting atop the tank of an overflowing toilet as it floods the room around him and a mushroom cloud forms outside the window. This illustration is credited to "Grey Stool", though Aukerman notes it was created by "the kind people at Epitaph [Records".Descendents_item_0_0
  • As an elderly man in a wheelchair on the cover of the "When I Get Old" single (1997)Descendents_item_0_1
  • Dressed as Uncle Sam, in two versions, on the cover of 'Merican (2004), as drawn by Jeff HagedornDescendents_item_0_2
  • Drawn on graph paper on the cover of Cool to Be You (2004), as illustrated by Chris Shary. Shary also drew the character as an old man for the cover of the Descendents tribute album Milo Turns 50 (2013), published by Filter magazine, and a more detailed depiction of the character as the promotional artwork for Filmage, a 2013 documentary film about the Descendents and All.Descendents_item_0_3
  • As an Erlenmeyer flask on the cover of Hypercaffium Spazzinate (2016).Descendents_item_0_4
  • As a ballot box on the cover of Suffrage (2020), the full illustration also depicts a hand with a spiked wristband depositing a vote into said ballot box.Descendents_item_0_5

Legacy and influence Descendents_section_7

The Descendents have been cited as hugely influential to a large number of modern-day pop punk and skate punk bands such as Blink 182, NOFX, Green Day, Pennywise, Propagandhi, Rise Against, The All-American Rejects, The Bouncing Souls, The Offspring, and The Ataris. Descendents_sentence_172

"Everything about how I sing and play guitar came from this band [...] Blink is absolutely a product of The Descendents," said Blink-182 vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge in 2011, while vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus called "Silly Girl" from I Don't Want to Grow Up (1985) "the first song that really altered my life. Descendents_sentence_173

[...] It spoke to me in a way that nothing did." Descendents_sentence_174

In 2014, Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All, a documentary on the band, premiered. Descendents_sentence_175

The film features interviews with Hoppus, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and Mike Watt of Minutemen. Descendents_sentence_176

Milo Goes to College has been included in several lists of noteworthy punk albums. Descendents_sentence_177

Spin has listed it several times, ranking it No. Descendents_sentence_178

74 in a 1995 list of the best alternative albums and No. Descendents_sentence_179

20 in a 2001 list of "The 50 Most Essential Punk Records", and including it in a 2004 list of "Essential Hardcore" albums. Descendents_sentence_180

In these lists, critic Simon Reynolds described the album as "Fifteen Cali-core paroxysms that anatomize dork-dude pangs with haiku brevity", while Andrew Beaujon called it "Super clean, super tight, super poppy hardcore about hating your parents, riding bikes, and not wanting to 'smell your muff.' Descendents_sentence_181

In 2006 Kerrang! Descendents_sentence_182

ranked it as the 33rd greatest punk album of all time. Descendents_sentence_183

The German edition of the Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time ranked it at 349. Descendents_sentence_184

In 2016, a Descendents branded IPA entitled "Feel This Coffee" was released by the San Diego branch of Mikkeller Brewery. Descendents_sentence_185

It is named after a track from their latest album. Descendents_sentence_186

Band members Descendents_section_8

Current members Descendents_sentence_187


  • Bill Stevenson – drums (1978–1983, 1985–1987, 1995–1997, 2002–2004, 2010–present)Descendents_item_1_6
  • Milo Aukerman – vocals (1980–1982, 1985–1987, 1995–1997, 2002–2004, 2010–present)Descendents_item_1_7
  • Karl Alvarez – bass guitar (1986–1987, 1995–1997, 2002–2004, 2010–present)Descendents_item_1_8
  • Stephen Egerton – guitar (1986–1987, 1995–1997, 2002–2004, 2010–present)Descendents_item_1_9

Former members Descendents_sentence_188


  • Frank Navetta – guitar (1977–1983; died 2008)Descendents_item_2_10
  • David Nolte – vocals, guitar (1977–1979)Descendents_item_2_11
  • Tony Lombardo – bass guitar (1978–1983, 1985)Descendents_item_2_12
  • Ray Cooper – vocals, rhythm guitar (1982-1983), guitar (1985–1986)Descendents_item_2_13
  • Doug Carrion – bass guitar (1985–1986)Descendents_item_2_14

Documentary Descendents_section_9

In 2013 Rogue Elephant Pictures, an Austin Texas-based film company, announced the pending release of Filmage: The Story Of The Descendents / ALL, a film by Deedle Lacour and Matt Riggle. Descendents_sentence_189

The documentary film has more than 40 interviews with band members past and present and keynote commentary by associated musicians such as Keith Morris of Black Flag, Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Kira Roessler of Black Flag, Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, and many more. Descendents_sentence_190

The film was released on June 15, 2013. Descendents_sentence_191

Discography Descendents_section_10

Main article: Descendents discography Descendents_sentence_192

Studio albums Descendents_sentence_193


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