Bad Religion ‎– Stranger Than Fiction

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Stranger than Fiction is the eighth full-length studio album by Bad Religion, released in the U.S. August 30, 1994. It was their first album released on the major label Atlantic Records (although that label re-released the previous album, Recipe for Hate) and also its last release with guitarist Brett Gurewitz, who left just prior to the 1994-1995 world tour, only to return to the band seven years later. On tour, Gurewitz was replaced by Brian Baker, who would stay with the band permanently.

Stranger Than Fiction is one of Bad Religion's most successful albums, featuring two of their well-known hit singles, "Infected" and the re-recorded version of "21st Century (Digital Boy)", which both earned airplay on MTV and radio stations, such as KROQ. The album included one more hit single, "Stranger Than Fiction", though the last one, "Incomplete", failed to make any national chart. The album also includes fan favorites, "Leave Mine To Me", "Tiny Voices", "The Handshake", and "Better Off Dead." As of today, Stranger Than Fiction remains the only Bad Religion record to obtain gold status in the United States and Canada. The album was re-released by Epitaph Records on September 15, 2008.

In 2009, Rhino Records released a colored vinyl to coincide with this album's 15th anniversary.

European and Australian releases of this album (on Dragnet in Europe, and Murmur in Australia) featured two additional bonus tracks "News from the Front" and "Markovian Process". These tracks also appeared as b-sides of the "Infected" CD single and on a CD promo from 1998. "News from the Front" also appeared on the 2005 compilation album "Punk O Rama 10". Another track, "Mediocrity", was also recorded during the "Stranger Than Fiction" sessions, but did not appear on the album; that track can only be found in some versions of the "21st Century (Digital Boy)" single and one version of the "Stranger Than Fiction" single.

Tracklist

Incomplete 2:28
Leave Mine To Me 2:07
Stranger Than Fiction 2:20
Tiny Voices 2:36
The Handshake 2:50
Better Off Dead 2:39
Infected 4:08
Television 2:03
Individual 1:58
Hooray For Me... 2:50
Slumber 2:39
Marked 1:48
Inner Logic 2:58
What It Is 2:08
21st Century (Digital Boy) 2:47

Versions (52)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
82658-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album) Atlantic 82658-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
789.076/2-477343, DRAGNET 50 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album) Epic, Dragnet Records 789.076/2-477343, DRAGNET 50 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
MATTCD003 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album) Murmur MATTCD003 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
82658-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album) Atlantic 82658-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
CD 82658 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album) Atlantic CD 82658 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 2, 477343 2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 2, 477343 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
ESCA 6057 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album) Dragnet ESCA 6057 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
A2 82658 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, Club) Atlantic A2 82658 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
82658-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, Club) Atlantic 82658-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
82658-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, Club) Atlantic 82658-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
DRA 477343 6, 12-477343-16 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, Ltd, Bla) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records DRA 477343 6, 12-477343-16 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
82658-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, Spe) Atlantic 82658-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
DRA 477343-4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Dragnet Records DRA 477343-4 Spain 1994 Sell This Version
DRAGNET 50, MJM337M, 477 343 4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Dragnet Records, MJM Music PL, Dragnet Records DRAGNET 50, MJM337M, 477 343 4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
82658-4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Atlantic 82658-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
78 26584 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Atlantic 78 26584 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
82658-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Atlantic 82658-2 Indonesia 1994 Sell This Version
DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 4 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
477343 4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album) Dragnet Records 477343 4 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
A4 82658 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Club) Atlantic A4 82658 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
82658-4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Club, BMG) Atlantic 82658-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
82658-4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Promo) Atlantic 82658-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Promo) Dragnet none Germany 1994 Sell This Version
138 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music World (2) 138 Russia 1994 Sell This Version
477343 1, DRA 477343 0 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records 477343 1, DRA 477343 0 UK 1994 Sell This Version
477343 1, DRA 477343 1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records 477343 1, DRA 477343 1 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
229.078/1-477343 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album) Epic 229.078/1-477343 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
82658-1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, Red) Atlantic 82658-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
Dragnet 50, DRA 477343 1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records Dragnet 50, DRA 477343 1 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
none Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Unofficial) ГОБЛИН Records none Russia 1997 Sell This Version
6994-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, RE) Epitaph 6994-2 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
R1 82658 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Atlantic R1 82658 US 2009 Sell This Version
6994-1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, RE) Epitaph 6994-1 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
R1 82658 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, RE, Red) Atlantic R1 82658 US 2009 Sell This Version
6994-1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, RP, Red) Epitaph 6994-1 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
6994-1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Epitaph 6994-1 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
6994-1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gre) Epitaph 6994-1 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
6994-5 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, RE) Epitaph 6994-5 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
86994-2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epitaph 86994-2 US 2018 Sell This Version
EPIT 6994-3 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, RM) Epitaph EPIT 6994-3 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
86994-4 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Epitaph 86994-4 US 2018 Sell This Version
86994-1, 86994-1TCL Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Cle) Epitaph, Epitaph 86994-1, 86994-1TCL US 2018 Sell This Version
86994-1, 86994-1SLE, 86994-1GRY Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gre) Epitaph, Epitaph, Epitaph 86994-1, 86994-1SLE, 86994-1GRY US 2018 Sell This Version
86994-1, 86994-1TCL Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, RE) Epitaph, Epitaph 86994-1, 86994-1TCL US 2018 Sell This Version
EPIT 6994-3 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, RE, RM) Epitaph EPIT 6994-3 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
86994-1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, RE, RM) Epitaph 86994-1 US 2018 Sell This Version
86994-1 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gre) Epitaph 86994-1 US 2018 Sell This Version
DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 2, 477343 2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, RE) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 2, 477343 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 2, 477343 2 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, RP) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records DRAGNET 50, DRA 477343 2, 477343 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
JPCD 9710629 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" JPCD 9710629 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Bad Religion) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
781 Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MR (2) 781 Yugoslavia Unknown Sell This Version

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easyplateau

easyplateau

February 20, 2021
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Cle, 86994-1, 86994-1TCL
Balanced, excellent low end compared to the OG. Top is smooth. Really enjoyable listen. Don’t know who cut the lacquer, but this is very good.
super-fuzz

super-fuzz

January 29, 2021
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, RE, RM, EPIT 6994-3
This pressing is awesomely sounding crystal clear and beefed up.
this album needed a remaster ever since.
USKD_Duke_Decter

USKD_Duke_Decter

December 31, 2020
edited 7 months ago
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, RE, RM, 86994-1
Buyer Beware: Sorry to report, this remaster is a failure. I bought the CD when it came out, and remember that not only did it sound great, but it was BR's best album since their first-- VERY good songs. This remaster is a whole lot of kick drum and a whole lot less guitars/mids. Shouldnt have been remastered. Sounds like a pillow is in front of the speakers. A thumbs down from the Fonz.
wvjake

wvjake

December 14, 2020
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle, R1 82658

Sounds ok at best. I've got another Rhino reissue that sounds awful & the stereo channels are switched around...even the cover art & pictures on the inner sleeve aren't very clear/sharp. This one sounds much better than that one but still not great. I've heard some people say the Rhino reissues they have are awesome but the 2 that I own aren't good (& one of the two is terrible.) I think I'll stay away from any Rhino reissues from now on.
Motaboy

Motaboy

January 8, 2020
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, 477343 1, DRA 477343 1
My Version is Limited white Vinyl (Sticker on Cover)

DRA 477343 1 appears on spine and on rear cover right up.
Matrix/Runout Side 1 stamped: 12-477343 20 2A1
Matrix/Runout Side 2 stamped: 12-477343 20 2B1
Barcode: 5 099747 734304
genoshen

genoshen

October 23, 2019
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, RE, 6994-1

No printed innersleeve or lyrics included with this one. Yeah...well...meh.
brownprime

brownprime

July 14, 2019
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, RE, RM, 86994-1
I assume this is the version I have. But I also have "BAD RELIGION - STRANGER THAN FICTION EPITAPH" on the Matrix / Runout for both sides. Anybody else have the same thing?
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

December 1, 2018
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, RE, Red, R1 82658

Sounds exceptional. Hard driving, punchy, rockin. Pressed by Rainbo but surprisingly suffers from no pressing flaws. A great issue.
JoeConrad

JoeConrad

June 2, 2018
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, RE, RM, Gre, 86994-1

My copy had a high level of noise throughout the entire album. I took it back to the record shop, and we opened another copy and tried it to hear the exact same noise throughout. I can't speak towards any of the ltd colored versions of this RP, but avoid this one.
SonataFanatica

SonataFanatica

March 29, 2018
referencing Stranger Than Fiction, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Cle, 86994-1, 86994-1TCL
Nice to see a remaster, but... "News from the Front" and "Markovian Process" are my absolute favourites from the album, so... as much as I'd love to have it on vinyl, I'll pass on this one.