By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Photo by Jack Gould1. NO DOUBT "This band really claimed OC as their home and is the one I identify with the most. I've known them for a long time—the running joke is that everyone knows someone in the band, right?—and I'm very proud of them and their accomplishments. And I would like to thank Eric Stefani, because whether he knows it or not or even cares, he actually made a huge impression on me and got me seriously into music.
2. SOCIAL DISTORTION "Growing up in OC and looking for heroes at a young age, this band was one of my first introductions to the punk world. They've also hung on to the crown, evolving as aband and making a career from very humble beginnings."
3. THE OFFSPRING "'Diamond not platinum!' best explains this band: last I checked, they've sold over 20 million records. Congrats and thank you for giving younger bands hope, as well as for your contribution in making punk mainstream."
4. KORN "I remember working a horrible evening telemarketing job with Reggie—a.k.a. Fieldy—and remember his band L.A.P.D., which later evolved into Korn. I followed their career long ago at Club 5902 and saw them years later at thAe Pond. This band is important on many levels and I am proud to say they are from OC."
5. SUGAR RAY "It may not seem cool to list this band, but I do enjoy their music and I think they are a significant, current addition to this list. And Mark actually hung out with Madonna for a minute—now that's impressive!—and their career has actually lasted longer than 15 minutes!"