On “Everything Sucks,” Descendents was back and bigger than ever. Released in 1996 after nearly a decade since Milo went to study biochemistry, the band was already catching like fire with the explosion of 90s alt-rock pouring on like kerosene. Literal descendants of the band like Green Day and Sublime were bringing the sound to the mainstream and were ready to capitalize on the hype. The release landed in the top #200 billboard with its speeding guitars and catchy melodies.
Descendents had stiff competition in the Los Angeles punk scene of the early ‘80s. Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Minutemen, and plenty more historic bands came out of the idealistic promise land of SoCal. But despite the saturation, the dorks in Descendents are remembered as one of the first-ever pop-punk and perhaps the most influential. Legions of dorks followed and even some cool bands like Blink-182, Green Day and NOFX all listing Decendents as major influences. They’ve earned best album spots on lists from Spin, Rolling Stone and Kerrang!