Bad Religion ‎– How Could Hell Be Any Worse?

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Album sales: 12,000
First release date: 1982

The first studio album from Bad Religion.

How Could Hell Be Any Worse? was the first full-length for the label Epitaph. Originally only 6,000 copies were pressed, but the record sold much better than expected - almost 10,000 copies within a year - and eventually reached 12,000 copies. Original drummer Jay Ziskrout quit the band during the recording. He plays on about half the songs while Pete Finestone plays on the other half.

Epitaph later reissued the album on cassette and vinyl (with a different catalog #) in the late '80s after Bad Religion had become more active. It was a also included on the 1991 Bad Religion compilation "80-85", along with the band's first EP, "Bad Religion", the "Back To The Known" EP, and some compilation tracks.

The 2004 CD release of "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" actually contains the remastered tracklist of "80-85" but has all the artwork from "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" This was done, in part, as a response to fan requests for the lyrics to "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" (there were no lyrics included in the "80-85" CD booklet).

Tracklist

We're Only Gonna Die
Latch Key Kids
Part III
Faith In God
Fuck Armageddon...This Is Hell
Pity
In The Night
Damned To Be Free
White Trash (2nd Generation)
American Dream
Eat Your Dog
Voice Of God Is Government
Oligarchy
Doin' Time

Versions (24)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EPI-BRLP1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album) Epitaph EPI-BRLP1 US 1982 Sell This Version
EPI-BRLP1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RP) Epitaph EPI-BRLP1 US 1982 Sell This Version
L-8201 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Epitaph L-8201 US 1982 Sell This Version
EPI-BRLP1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RE, RP) Epitaph EPI-BRLP1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
EPI-BRLP1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RE, RP) Epitaph EPI-BRLP1 UK & US 1986 Sell This Version
E-86407-4 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(Cass, Album, RE) Epitaph E-86407-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
E-86407-1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RE) Epitaph E-86407-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
E-86407-1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RE, RP) Epitaph E-86407-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
86407-4 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(Cass, Album, RP) Epitaph 86407-4 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
6700-2 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Epitaph 6700-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
86700-2 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(CD, Album, RM) Epitaph 86700-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
e86700-2 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(CD, Album, RM) Epitaph e86700-2 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
none Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Epitaph (3) none Russia 2004 Sell This Version
EICP-369 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Epitaph EICP-369 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
E-86407-1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Epitaph E-86407-1 US 2009 Sell This Version
86700-2 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(CD, Album, RE) Epitaph 86700-2 US 2014 Sell This Version
E-86407-1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Epitaph (3) E-86407-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
E-86407-1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RP) Epitaph E-86407-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
E-86407-1, JBGPNOJZ Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RP, Gre) Epitaph, Epitaph E-86407-1, JBGPNOJZ US 2014 Sell This Version
E-86407-1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RE) Epitaph E-86407-1 US 2017 Sell This Version
86700-2 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(CD, Album, RM) Epitaph 86700-2 US 2018 Sell This Version
EPC-BR 1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(Cass, Album) Epitaph EPC-BR 1 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Punk Rock (4), СВАБ none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
E-86407-1 Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?(LP, Album, RP) Epitaph E-86407-1 US Unknown Sell This Version

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EndorAurora

EndorAurora

February 19, 2021
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, RE, E-86407-1
Sounds really good unlike some of the other Bad Religion reissues. I believe this is because they are using an analog master. This was before digital recording methods. I used to have the original which I paid about $100 for. This pressing is pretty close to the original if not the same sound. Cool insert included and retro looking labels. If you love BR then get you one!
genoshen

genoshen

October 9, 2019
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, RE, E-86407-1

Is this a doubled (or the other 1988) entry? What‘s the difference?
SignalsFromAbove

SignalsFromAbove

September 28, 2019
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, RE, E-86407-1
What is the difference (if there's one...) with that other 1988 press?
SignalsFromAbove

SignalsFromAbove

September 28, 2019
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, RE, RP, E-86407-1
So what is the difference with that other 1988 press? (it's one hour i'm trying to find out ...)
cashox

cashox

September 1, 2019
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, EPI-BRLP1
so i see BR used the artwork on the back of this release before SP used it here : https://www.discogs.com/Skinny-Puppy-Dig-It/master/3436
vamosadelante

vamosadelante

May 28, 2019
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, EPI-BRLP1

Some history infos:
In the matrix of this record they etched "SOLIDARN OSC" to express their sympathy with the Solidarity (Polish trade union) movement in 1980, you can read it on:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidarity_(Polish_trade_union)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lech_Wa%C5%82%C4%99sa
Matrix / Runout (Side A, etchings): JBGPNOJZ-A L-8201 WHERE THE HELL IS RACINE??
Matrix / Runout (Side AA, etchings): JBGPNOJZ-AA SOLIDARN OSC L-8201A̶X

Stevil13

Stevil13

January 16, 2018
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Cass, Album, EPC-BR 1
Were the images of this put up in error? Looks exactly like reissue version.
rentzington

rentzington

December 27, 2017
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, EPI-BRLP1
mine matches this but has S-9417 / S-9418 in the etchings. cover has no barcode and the ventura address
saxonman1

saxonman1

April 20, 2016
referencing How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, LP, Album, RE, RP, E-86407-1
i got this reissue in the late 80s, regardless of how great this debut was the album sleeve is probably one of the best early 80s hardcore punk lps to come out at that time, it is very self explanatory ..............