Famous for his membership in the Los Angeles-based band Redd Kross, he is also notable for his work with the bands Off! and Green and Yellow TV.
Before forming Redd Kross, he and his singer and guitarist brother, Jeff McDonald, performed with a band called The Tourists.
During the 1980s, he appeared in low-budget films titled Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and Lovedolls Superstar.
His wife, Anna Waronker, is famous as the frontwoman of the L.A. rock band That Dog.
He and guitarist Greg Hetson were both founding members of Redd Kross.