BILL STEVENSON

BILL STEVENSON

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: September 10, 1963
Location: Torrance, California
Band: Descendants, Black Flag, The Lemonheads
Genres: Punk Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Producer, Engineer
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Biography

 
 
John William Stevenson, better known as Bill, was born in Torrance, California, on September 10, 1963.

In 1978, Bill Stevenson, Frank Navetta, and Tony Lombardo formed the Descendents. Their two-song debut release, Ride the Wild/It's a Hectic World, featured melodic pop music inspired by the Southern California surf culture. A classmate of Bill Stevenson's, Milo Aukerman, joined the band in 1980, and the Descendents reinvented themselves as hardcore punk rockers.

The Descendents shared songwriting duties for their first full-length album, Milo Goes to College, which was released in 1982. Their heightened sensitivity made them unique among punk music, and Bill Stevenson's compositions in particular influenced punk rock for years to come. During the Descendents hiatus (while Milo went to college to earn a doctorate in biochemistry), Bill Stevenson performed with another hardcore punk band, Black Flag.

The Descendents reunited in 1985 and recorded I Don't Want to Grow Up. Critics panned the following album, Enjoy!, as a disjointed mix of superfluous, emotionally immature songs, and thrash metal tunes. After several personnel changes, the lineup solidified in the late 1980s with Bill, Milo, Stephen Egerton, and Karl Alvarez. In 1987, the Descendents released ALL, a much more mature compilation and then toured in support of the album. Milo left the band in 1987, and, joined by Dave Smalley, the remaining Descendents reformed as All. In 1988, All released their first two albums, Allroy Sez and Allroy for Prez, to critical praise. All toured almost constantly and recorded five more albums over the next seven years.

In 1994, Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore created the now legendary punk rock recording studio, The Blasting Room, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Bill Stevenson's expertise as a producer and engineer happened by chance in the Descendent's early years. Bill Stevenson recalled in a 2003 interview with Mark Prindle, 'We were recording I Don't Wanna Grow Up, which was 84 or 85. And the engineer at the time was having some kind of problems or something, and he was drinking a lot. And he got so drunk while we were recording that he passed out. And so I basically kinda rolled his chair out of the way and rolled my chair in place of it, and then lo and behold, Bill Stevenson is an engineer!' After opening the recording studio, Bill Stevenson has worked extensively as a producerómostly with bands that come asking for his service.

In 1996, Milo rejoined the Descendents and All. He performed in both bands until 2002 when All went on break. Although the Descendents released both an EP (ëMerican) and a full-length album (Cool to Be You) in 2004, they have been quiet since then.

In addition to his work as a producer, Bill Stevenson has most recently been drumming with The Lemonheads on a scheduled 2008 release.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1968 Earth Opera Earth Opera
1972 Merrimack County Tom Rush
1982 Milo Goes to College Descendents
1982 TV Party Black Flag
1984 Family Man Black Flag
1984 Live '84 Black Flag
1984 My War Black Flag
1984 Slip It In Black Flag
1985 Bonus Fat Descendents
1985 I Don't Want to Grow Up Descendents
1985 In My Head Black Flag
1985 Loose Nut Black Flag
1985 October Faction October Faction
1985 Process of Weeding Out Black Flag
1986 Enjoy! Descendents
1986 Lovedolls Superstar Original Soundtrack
1987 All Descendents
1987 Batch Big Drill Car
1987 Wasted...Again Black Flag
1988 Allroy for Prez All
1988 Allroy Sez All
1988 Confession The Last
1988 Prisoner's Song Muzsikas
1988 So Sexist Chemical People
1988 Two Things at Once (Milo Goes to College/Bonus Fat) Descendents
1989 Allroy's Revenge All
1989 Awakening The Last
1989 Hallraker: Live! The Descendents
1989 Home Again The Doughboys
1989 I Can See You Black Flag
1989 She's My Ex All
1989 Ten-Fold Hate Chemical People
1990 Allroy Saves All
1990 Duck & Cover Various Artists
1990 Melting Plot Various Artists
1990 Right Thing Chemical People
1990 Trailblazer: Live All
1991 American Youth Report Various Artists
1991 Con El Tiempo David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales
1991 New Girl, Old Story Tonyall
1991 Somery Descendents
1991 SST Acoustic Compilation Various Artists
1992 Dot All
1992 Percolater All
1993 Breaking Things All
1994 Guilty All
1994 No Worse for the Wear Big Drill Car
1994 Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Breakdown Serpico
1994 Shreen All
1994 Tool Box Left Insane
1994 Wet Hills & Big Wheels My Name
1995 ...Rocks Your Lame Ass Hagfish
1995 Mallrats Original Soundtrack
1995 Pummel All
1995 Save It Shades Apart
1996 Bosstown Sound, 1968: The Music & the Time Various Artists
1996 Complete 1982 Demos (Plus More!) Black Flag
1996 Everything Sucks Descendents
1996 Riveter Judge Nothing
1996 Sturdy The Lemons
1996 Super Sound Racing Zeke
1996 Take a Look Inside Bodyjar
1997 Evildoers Beware Mustard Plug
1997 God Money Original Soundtrack
1997 Peach Tree Pollen
1997 Pure Swank Pink Lincolns
1997 Saturday Night at the Atomic Speedway 30 Amp Fuse
1997 Seeing Things Shades Apart
1997 Violent World: A Tribute to the Misfits Various Artists
1998 665: Neighbor of the Beast Radiobaghdad
1998 77 Days Kemuri
1998 Access Amsterdam NRA
1998 Broke Down Welt
1998 Headcleaner I Against I
1998 Let's Talk About Feelings Lagwagon
1998 Look Forward to Failure The Ataris
1998 Mass Nerder All
1998 PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) Kemuri
1998 Shake Me Wake Me (1964-1973) The Four Tops
1998 Show Soundtrack Various Artists
1998 Uckfay Ooyay The Jackie Papers
1999 All All
1999 At the Show MxPx
1999 Before You Were Punk, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Burning Bridges Ann Beretta
1999 Early Classics Marvin Gaye
1999 I'm in Love The Jackie Papers
1999 Operation Phoenix Good Riddance
1999 Pray for Mojo Mustard Plug
1999 To All Our Fallen Heroes Ann Beretta
1999 True Crime Zeke
1999 Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets Tom Rush
2000 Ace Troubleshooter Ace Troubleshooter
2000 Armchair Martian Armchair Martian
2000 At the Show MxPx
2000 Bill the Welder Bill the Welder
2000 Blasting Room Various Artists
2000 Borders & Boundaries Less Than Jake
2000 Calling All Cars Wretch Like Me
2000 Center of the Universe Various Artists
2000 Let's Talk About Leftovers Lagwagon
2000 Local 1500 The Pavers
2000 Monkey Junk The Stop & Listen Boys
2000 Phenomenon of Craving Good Riddance
2000 Problematic All
2000 Pure Whore New Rob Robbies
2000 Remember When Off the Record
2000 Shock Electric Summer
2000 Take a Look Inside Bodyjar
2000 Tanger Tanger
2000 Wake Up Screaming Slick Shoes
2000 White Out on Black Ice Various Artists
2001 Brand New Dream Welt
2001 Centre of the Universe, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Death Alley Zeke
2001 Facing Changes Hangnail
2001 Fat Music, Vol. 5: Live Fat Die Young Various Artists
2001 Good Riddance/Kill Your Idols Good Riddance/Kill Your Idols
2001 Live Plus One All/The Descendents
2001 Merrimack County/Ladies Love Outlaws Tom Rush
2001 Past Remains Side Walk Slam
2001 Shattering Season to Risk
2001 Soundtrack for a Generation Student Rick
2001 Stereo Girl Element 101
2001 Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit Good Riddance
2002 Closed Drag the River
2002 Cover Ups Good Riddance
2002 Dick: The Lion Hearted Armstrong
2002 Give Back Side Walk Slam
2002 Live, Vol. 1 The O.C. Supertones
2002 More Than Motion Element 101
2002 Mud Puddle Playoffs: A Mud Records Compilation, Vol. Various Artists
2002 So It Goes Out of Your Element
2002 Ten Years and Running MxPx
2002 Who Wants to Play Bass Armchair Martian
2002 Wrecking Ball The Pavers
2003 And We Drive Side Walk Slam
2003 Biggest & the Best Slick Shoes
2003 Black Heart Affair Love Me Destroyer
2003 Bound by Ties of Blood and Affection Good Riddance
2003 Green Lemon Green Lemon
2003 Home Is Where the Hate Is The Fight
2003 I Farm Is Lying to Be Popular I Farm
2003 Is This for Real? NRA
2003 Match and Some Gasoline The Suicide Machines
2003 Punk Goes Acoustic Various Artists
2003 Revolutions Per Minute Rise Against
2003 Stunt Monkey Stunt Monkey
2003 Terror State Anti-Flag
2003 You're Killing Me Sidecar
2004 'Merican Descendents
2004 Cool to Be You Descendents
2004 Earth Opera/Great American Eagle Tragedy Earth Opera
2004 Lady Melody Audio Karate
2004 Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Undergroun Various Artists
2004 Losers Beat Winners Losers Beat Winners
2004 Love Is Worth It Silent Drive
2004 Mute Print A Wilhelm Scream
2004 On the Front Line The Casualties
2004 Rhetoric of Reason The Code
2004 To the Nines Only Crime
2005 Heart Attack The Vacancy
2005 Lords of Dogtown Original Soundtrack
2005 Masterpieces: 1991-2002 Mustard Plug
2005 Of Hands and Hearts: Music for the Tsunami Disaster F Various Artists
2005 On the Front Line The Casualties
2005 Potemkin City Limits Propagandhi
2005 Ruiner A Wilhelm Scream
2005 Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over! 7 Seconds
2005 Thrasher Mag: Skate Rock, Vol. 12: Eat the Flag Various Artists
2005 Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Various Artists
2005 Unraveling Rise Against
2005 Wake the Dead Comeback Kid
2005 War Profiteering Is Killing Us All The Suicide Machines
2005 You and Me Open Hand
2006 Become the Enemy The Lemonheads
2006 Canyoneer No Trigger
2006 Future Is Ours, If You Can Count Mag 7
2006 I Farm IV I Farm
2006 Lemonheads The Lemonheads
2006 Life and Times of Guy Terrifico Original Soundtrack
2006 My Republic Good Riddance
2006 Never Trust a Hippy NOFX
2006 Nightmerica Love Equals Death
2006 Pure Poison Sexual Chocolate & The White Boys
2006 Ready to Fall Rise Against
2006 Sufferer & the Witness Rise Against
2006 Tibute to Sick of It All Various Artists
2006 Under Attack The Casualties
2006 Wolves in Wolves' Clothing NOFX
2007 Broadcasting... Comeback Kid
2007 Career Suicide A Wilhelm Scream
2007 Famous Puddle of Mudd
2007 In Black and White Mustard Plug
2007 Livin' the Dream Scott Reynolds
2007 This Is Noise: Canadian Tour Rise Against
2007 Virulence Only Crime
2008 Feel Good Record of the Year No Use for a Name
2009 Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! The Honey Bears
2011 Scandalous Black Joe Lewis
 

Noise

 
 
  • Bill attended Mira Costa High School with two of his future Decendents bandmates.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums

Drums: Noble and Cooley
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