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Birth name  Milo Jay Aukerman
Years active  1979–present
Occupation(s)  Singer, Biochemist
Role  Singer
Genres  Punk rock
Name  Milo Aukerman
Origin  Lomita, California
Associated acts  Descendents, All

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Born  January 1, 1963 (age 52) (1963-01-01)
Record labels  SST Records, New Alliance Records
Education  University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mira Costa High School, University of California, San Diego
Albums  Milo Goes to College, Cool to Be You, Liveage!, Everything Sucks, All
Similar People  Bill Stevenson, Stephen Egerton, Karl Alvarez, Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo

Music group  Descendents (Since 1980)

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Milo Jay Aukerman, Ph.D (born January 1, 1963) is an American vocalist, songwriter, and former research biochemist. Aukerman is most widely known for being the lead singer of the punk rock band the Descendents, a group widely considered to be pioneers of "pop punk". A caricature of Aukerman serves as the band's mascot.

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Education and scientific career

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Aukerman attended Mira Costa High School, with fellow members of the Descendents. He holds a doctorate in biology from UC San Diego, conducted postdoctoral research in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and formerly worked as a plant researcher at DuPont and as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware. In a 2016 interview with Spin, Aukerman announced that he decided to quit researching in favor of doing music full-time.

Musical career

While not an original member, Aukerman joined Descendents after their first single was released ("Ride the Wild" b/w "It's a Hectic World"), which featured founding members Frank Navetta and Tony Lombardo on lead vocals. Aukerman's first recording with Descendents was the Fat EP, released in 1981. The first full length Descendents album was released in 1982 and was titled Milo Goes to College, as Aukerman had by then decided to leave the group to pursue a degree in biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. From 1983 to 1987 Aukerman would briefly rejoin Descendents several times to record albums and go on tour. Aukerman left the band ostensibly for good at the conclusion of the supporting tour for the 1987 album All, after which the remaining members continued to tour and record with a series of lead singers under the name All.

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Aukerman decided to rejoin Descendents in 1995, releasing the album Everything Sucks the following year. He returned to his biochemistry career following the tour supporting the album, returning to Descendents intermittently over the next several years to tour and to record the album Cool to Be You and the EP 'Merican, both released in 2004 on Fat Wreck Chords.

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In July 2016, Aukerman announced he would be leaving his scientific career to pursue the Descendents full-time, citing burnout with biochemistry and getting laid off from DuPont. The band released their seventh studio album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, on July 29, 2016.

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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 never-ending quest for good food. He is known for his bespectacled, unabashedly nerdy persona and self-deprecating, "anti-rockstar" demeanor. Apart from his work with Descendents, Aukerman has also provided backing vocals for other musicians (including Descendents offshoot All), and briefly fronted the band Milestone in 1988 in San Diego while attending university.

Personal life

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Aukerman was born on January 1, 1963 in Lomita, California. He has been married to Robin Andreason since 1996 and is the father of two children, Owen and Clair Andreason.


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References

Milo Aukerman Wikipedia


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