(born January 1, 1963) is an American singer
and research biochemist
. Aukerman is perhaps most widely known for being the lead singer of the early Los Angeles area punk rock
band the Descendents
, a group widely considered to be pioneers of modern "pop punk
". While not an original member, he joined after their first single ("Ride the Wild" b/w "It's a Hectic World"). The first full length Descendents album (released in 1982) was titled Milo Goes to College
, as he had gone to school at UC San Diego. The initial single had caricatures of the three original members, and the drawing used to symbolize Milo, invented by a high school classmate, was used on many of their albums. Aukerman has also provided backing vocals for other musicians, and, while attending college (between stints with the Descendents), briefly fronted the San Diego band "Milestone" who released one independently-produced album.
As a musician, Aukerman sings in a mid-range tenor
, and his generally upbeat lyrics
encompass such universal topics as girls/rejection, dependence upon caffeine
, and the neverending quest for good food
. He is known for his bespectacled, unabashedly nerdy
persona and self-deprecating, "anti-rockstar" demeanor.
Aukerman attended Mira Costa High School
, with fellow members of the Descendents.Spurrier, Jeff. , Los Angeles Times
, January 5, 1986.... Read More