The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson. 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. They have released seven studio albums, three live albums, three compilation albums, and three EPs. Since 1986, the band’s lineup has consisted of singer Milo Aukerman, guitarist Stephen Egerton, bassist Karl Alvarez, and drummer Bill Stevenson.
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.”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.”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.”