Milo Goes to College is the 1982 debt full-length release by American punk band Descendents. It was released on New Alliance Records (and reissued by SST Records in 1987). SPIN Magazine rated the album one of the top all time hardcore albums. Sputnikmusic also ranked this album 1st among highest rated punk albums of 1982. Its title referred to singer Milo Aukerman's decision to leave the band to attend college, and its cover illustration introduced a caricature of him that would go on to become the band's mascot. It was the Descendents' last record with founding guitarist Frank Navetta, who quit the band during the hiatus that followed its release.
The album's mix of fast and aggressive hardcore punk with melody and cheeky love songs led to it being considered one of the most significant albums of the early 1980s Southern California hardcore movement. In the decades since its release, it has received positive reviews and been counted among the most noteworthy punk albums by several publications. Milo Goes to College has been cited as influential and a favorite by several notable artists and musicians.
"Suburban Home" and "Myage" became locally popular (as well as being college hits), while many other songs from the album became fan favorites. Taking Back Sunday covered "Suburban Home" as a medley with a song on the Fat EP called "I Like Food" for the game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. Moreover, Sublime covered the song "Hope" on their 1992 album 40 Oz. to Freedom.
The band enjoyed putting the suffix "-age" at the end of things, as seen on the tracks "Myage", "Tonyage" and "Bikeage" (as well as, coincidentally, "Marriage"). This is also proven by the title of their live album Liveage. This, as well as the band's affiliation and appeal with and to nerdage, have linked Descendents to the common addition of the suffix "-age" in Leet text.
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