White Light, White Heat, White Trash is the fifth album by American punk rock band, Social Distortion, released on September 17, 1996, by Epic Records. The album was produced by Michael Beinhorn. White Light, White Heat, White Trash is the last Social Distortion studio album to feature guitarist Dennis Danell who died on February 29, 2000, of a cerebral aneurysm at the age of 38. He did however appear on live album Live at the Roxy in 1998. It is also the band’s last release on Epic Records. The album received Social Distortion’s highest chart position at the time, entering the Billboard 200 album chart at #27. In the first week of its release, White Light, White Heat, White Trash sold 30,000 copies. Stylistically, the album is harder and considered a return to their punk roots. The title of the album is a play on the 1968 Velvet Underground album, White Light/White Heat. The Velvet Underground record is known for being one of the most influential and well-known, and also one of the heaviest, records of its era, just as White Light, White Heat, White Trash for Social Distortion has a harder sound than those albums preceding it.
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