Mike Ness - Misery Loves Company

First performance: 17/05/2008


Bruce performed the song 2 times:
2018-09-30 Beach, Sand Stage, Asbury Park, NJ
Bruce joins Social Distortion at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival, produced by Danny Clinch of Between The Sets and C3 Presents.
2008-05-17 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ 
In between leg 3 and 4 of the "Magic" tour,  Bruce joins Mike Ness onstage for four songs. 

Bruce also contributed to the studio recording of this song, providing duet vocals and guitar. Mike Ness recorded his album at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Springsteen joined Ness in studio on 29 Dec 1998 to record his parts. 


Misery loves company is a song written by Mike Ness (frontman for Social Distortion) and released on his 1999 album Cheating At Solitaire. 'Cheating at Solitaire' is the first solo album from Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness. Released in 1999, it bypasses much of Social Distortion's punk muscle in favor of a more roots-oriented approach to rock and roll. It features cameos by Bruce Springsteen, Brian Setzer, and members of Royal Crown Revue. Johnny Cash was invited to perform on the song "Ballad of a Lonely Man", but was too ill to record at the time. "Dope Fiend Blues" and "I'm In Love w/My Car" were originally written/recorded in 1994 as a demo of Social Distortion's fifth album White Light, White Heat, White Trash.  Ness also originally wrote some of the songs on this album around 1997 while Social Distortion was planning their sixth album. 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Springsteen has long been a major fan of Southern California punk/rave band Social Distortion. He touted their album Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell as his favorite record of the year in a Rolling Stone interview in 1992.
Bruce had 4 performances with lead singer Mike Ness : 


I used to roam all night long
I lurked the streets late at night, I ain't never coming home
But loneliness is part of the game
And misery loves company, yeah yeah

Bruce Springsteen: I used to think that I was a king
Fancy cars, fancy clothes and diamond rings
Yeah but happiness it's a funny thing
And misery just loves company, yeah

Mike Ness: Don't even try to understand what goes on inside this man
As a boy I used to dream 'cause sometimes life ain't what it seems

Mike Ness: We used to dance under moonlight
Ness and Springsteen: But then the tears began to fall
Mike Ness: And baby that ain't right
'Cause losing you was part of the game
Ness and Springsteen: And misery loves company
Mike Ness: 'Cause fucking up was part of the game
And misery loves company, yeah yeah