Stephen Egerton - Guitar (1987–present)
Karl Alvarez - Bass - (1987–present)
Bill Stevenson - Drums - (1978–present)
David Nolte - Vocals (1978-1979)
Frank Navetta - Guitar, Vocals (1978–1984)
Tony Lombardo - Bass, Vocals (1978–1985)
Ray Cooper - Vocals, Guitar (1982–1986)
Doug Carrion - Bass (1985–1986)
"Ride The Wild":
Consisting of "Ride The Wild" (Listen/Download) and "It's a Hectic World" (Listen/Download), the release saw the band playing power pop punk, in a vein very similar to the Buzzcocks. This is the only release with this lineup, and has a markedly different sound than the band is known for today.
'Milo Goes To College':
The following year saw the band's first full-length, the quintessential Milo Goes To College. Filled with catchy, spastic melodies and heartfelt, intelligent lyrics, Milo Goes To College is the band at their classic hardcore best, an album to know with a sound often imitated (unfortunately unsuccessfully).
Milo Really Goes To College:
The Post-college years:
This era of the band also saw the release of Enjoy (during which the current band lineup was cemented, and the released All, after which the band toured for a while, and then Milo headed back to college.
During this era, the band recruited ex-Dag Nasty vocalist Dave Smalley, and reformed under the name of All. A heavy-hitter in their own right, All released eight albums between 1988 and 1995.
1996 - Present:
Currently, the band is on again/off again, with members involved in many other projects. Bill Stevenson is drumming for his new band, Only Crime as well as touring with bassist Alvarez in Evan Dando's Lemonheads. Stevenson also runs the Blasting Room Studio in Fort Collins, CO.
Founding guitarist Frank Navetta passed away on Halloween of 2008, after a short illness.
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Milo Goes to College (1982)
Before the band's constant maturation, before the band delved deeply into melodies that combined thinking and feeling with ever poppier punk riffs, the Descendents peaked with their hardcore classic, Milo Goes to College.
Continuing with the spastic silliness that appeared on the Fat EP, Milo Goes to College is fun, quirky and quite intelligent despite the fact that it was also adolescently girl crazy. Classic tracks like "I'm Not A Punk" (Listen/Download), "Bikeage" (Listen/Download) and - perhaps their finest moment - "Suburban Home" (Listen/Download) are timeless punk rocks classics, well-written and catchy without ever being too poppy.
Of course, while this is their best album by definition, the biggest bang for your buck is the 1985 Two Things At Once Compilation, which includes Milo Goes to College, The Fat EP and the "Ride The Wild" 7". It's a killer way to quickly snap up the band's earliest catalog. Compare Prices