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Greg Hetson (born June 29 1961) is an American guitarist. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and has lived in Los Angeles, California since he was 2 years old. Active since 1978, Hetson is best known as the guitarist for the influential hardcore punk bands Redd Kross, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion.

While Hetson declares Bad Religion as his main occupation, he has alternated between both Bad Religion and The Circle Jerks since 1994. He also plays guitar in two supergroup bands Punk Rock Karaoke and Black President.

The Circle Jerks

In 1980, Hetson abandoned his position as guitarist of the punk/alternative band Redd Kross to form The Circle Jerks with former Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris. Soon after, they released their debut LP, Group Sex and in 1981 were featured in the Los Angeles documentary The Decline of Western Civilization along with several other Los Angeles punk bands.

In 1982, The Circle Jerks released their second album Wild in the Streets. This album, while popular, did not sell nearly as much as their third LP Golden Shower of Hits, released in 1983.

While Bad Religion was on hiatus, the Circle Jerks continued touring and recorded two more albums (Wonderful and VI) before breaking up around 1989. However, they reformed in 1994 and released Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities, their last album to date, a year later. Hetson has been playing in both bands since then.

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