Bad Religion

Punk/Rock band formed in 1980 in San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles, CA, US by Greg Graffin (vocals), Brett Gurewitz (guitar), Jay Ziskrout (drums), and Jay Bentley (bass). All the members were teenagers when the band started. Only Graffin has remained with the band through every phase of its career, although Bentley and Gurewitz have participated for substantial chunks of time. Graffin and Gurewitz are the band's primary songwriters, with other members contributing occasionally. The band is known for their rapid-fire songs with a melodic edge and strong backing harmonies.

Bad Religion released their first record, a self-titled EP, in 1981 on Epitaph Records, a label Gurewitz started after borrowing money from his father. The band released their first full length, "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?", in 1982. Midway through the recording for the album, Ziskrout quit the band and the record was finished with drummer Pete Finestone. In 1983, the band abruptly shifted gears, issuing the keyboard-heavy, prog rock influenced "Into The Unknown", on which neither Bentley (who quit during the recording of the first track) nor Finestone appeared. The results were disastrous, with the band facing considerable backlash from fans and Epitaph immediately pulling the album off record store shelves. For his part, Gurewitz blamed his participation on his increasing drug habit, although he was quick to point out that the sober Graffin had no such excuse to fall back on, and has disowned the album. With Epitaph out of money and the band's reputation in tatters, Gurewitz quit and the band split. Graffin soon moved out of state for college, but returned to California in 1984 and was convinced by Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson to reform Bad Religion with him on guitar. Recruiting Pete Finestone and bassist Tim Gallegos, the band issued a 12" EP, called "Back To The Known", with Gurewitz producing but not playing on the record.

Graffin and Hetson spent the next few years playing sporadically with various line-ups. Eventually, Finestone and Bentley returned on a full-time basis. In 1987, a newly sober Brett Gurewitz returned to the fold and the band continued as a five-piece. In 1988, Bad Religion issued a new LP, "Suffer", to enthusiastic fans and critics. This lineup released 2 more albums before Finestone departed in 1991. He was replaced by Bobby Schayer. In 1993, immediately following the release of their 7th LP, "Recipe For Hate", the band jumped from Epitaph to Atlantic Records. Following the release of 1994's "Stranger Than Fiction", Brett Gurewitz left the group. Officially, it was said that his reason for leaving was to concentrate on Epitaph following the huge commercial success of the album "Smash" by The Offspring, and he also expressed displeasure with the band's deal with Atlantic. However, it was later revealed the Gurewitz's primary reason for leaving was due to tension with Bentley (in 1996, Gurewitz released a single with his new band, Daredevils, whose A-side, "Hate You" was written about Bentley). Graffin and Gurewitz also publicly feuded for a short time after the departure. Gurewitz was replaced by Brian Baker (ex-Minor Threat and Dag Nasty). The band would record 3 more albums for Atlantic with Graffin as the primary songwriter, although 1998's "No Substance" featured significant contributions from the other members of Bad Religion. However, the albums were met with largely mixed critical and commercial responses. Meanwhile, Gurewitz had relapsed into drug abuse and faced a number of personal and legal problems. In 2000, a cleaned-up and sober Gurewitz made a guest appearance on the band's LP, "The New America", prompting rumors of a reunion. The album was the group's last for Atlantic.

Following the release of "The New America", Bobby Schayer exited the group, as a shoulder injury barred him from playing drums. His replacement was Brooks Wackerman (ex-Suicidal Tendencies). In 2001, it was announced that not only had Brett Gurewitz rejoined the band, but that they would also be returning to Epitaph Records. It turned out the Brett's role would be mostly limited to songwriting and production, as his work with Epitaph makes extended touring impractical, although he would make appearances with the band when they performed in Los Angeles. It was also revealed that since the reunion, Gurewitz rarely actually plays guitar on the albums. Most of the guitar parts are recorded by Brian Baker as he is the most proficient guitarist, although Gurewitz does record parts if he wants to. The band has continued to record and tour steadily since returning to Epitaph. In 2013, Greg Hetson stopped touring with the group due to undisclosed personal issues. Guitarist Mike Dimkich stepped into fill the role and in early 2014, it was announced that Hetson had left the group and Dimkich would be a permanent member. In the fall of 2015, drummer Brooks Wackerman left the group and joined Avenged Sevenfold. He was replaced by Jamie Miller.


L-8201 Bad Religion - How Could Hell Be Any Worse? album art Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (Album, Comp) Epitaph L-8201 US 1982 Sell This Version
EPI-BRLP2 Bad Religion - Into The Unknown album art Bad Religion Into The Unknown(LP, Album) Epitaph EPI-BRLP2 US 1983 Sell This Version
E-86404 Bad Religion - Suffer album art Bad Religion Suffer (Album) Epitaph E-86404 US 1988 Sell This Version
E-86406-2 Bad Religion - No Control album art Bad Religion No Control (Album) Epitaph E-86406-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
E-86409-2 Bad Religion - Against The Grain album art Bad Religion Against The Grain (Album) Epitaph E-86409-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
MJKE 6111 Bad Religion - Generator album art Bad Religion Generator (Album) Epitaph, Epitaph MJKE 6111 Malaysia 1992 Sell This Version
7 82546-2, 82546-2 Bad Religion - Recipe For Hate album art Bad Religion Recipe For Hate (Album) Epitaph 7 82546-2, 82546-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
PRCS 5391 Bad Religion - Live Hate album art Bad Religion Live Hate(Cass, Promo) Atlantic PRCS 5391 US 1993 Sell This Version
DRAGNET 50, MJM337M, 477 343 4 Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction album art Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction (Album) Atlantic DRAGNET 50, MJM337M, 477 343 4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
94-47 Bad Religion - On The Edge album art Urge Overkill / Go-Go's / Bad Religion Urge Overkill / Go-Go's / Bad Religion - On The Edge(CD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One 94-47 US 1994 Sell This Version
95-09 Bad Religion - On The Edge  album art Portishead / Bad Religion / Throwing Muses Portishead / Bad Religion / Throwing Muses - On The Edge (CD, Transcription) Westwood One 95-09 US 1995 Sell This Version
483652 9, DRAGNET 118, DRA 483652 9 Bad Religion - The Gray Race album art Bad Religion The Gray Race (Album) Atlantic 483652 9, DRAGNET 118, DRA 483652 9 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
EPC 486986-4 Bad Religion - Tested album art Bad Religion Tested (Album) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records, Epic EPC 486986-4 Turkey 1996 Sell This Version
DRA 489570 2 12 489570 10 THIS IS DRAGNET 172 Bad Religion - No Substance album art Bad Religion No Substance (Album) Atlantic DRA 489570 2 12 489570 10 THIS IS DRAGNET 172 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
MC-007-24 Bad Religion - The New America album art Bad Religion The New America (Album) Atlantic MC-007-24 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
6635-2 Bad Religion - The Process Of Belief album art Bad Religion The Process Of Belief (Album) Epitaph 6635-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
2908-2 Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First album art Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First (Album) Epitaph 2908-2 Colombia 2004 Sell This Version
80803-2 Bad Religion - New Maps Of Hell album art Bad Religion New Maps Of Hell (Album) Epitaph 80803-2 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
6988-2 Bad Religion - The Dissent Of Man album art Bad Religion The Dissent Of Man (Album) Epitaph 6988-2 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
none Bad Religion - 30 Years Live album art Bad Religion 30 Years Live (Album) Epitaph none 2010 Sell This Version
EPIT 7228-2A Bad Religion - True North album art Bad Religion True North (Album) Epitaph EPIT 7228-2A Europe 2012 Sell This Version
EICP-1594 Bad Religion - Christmas Songs album art Bad Religion Christmas Songs (Album) Epitaph EICP-1594 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
7636-2 Bad Religion - Age Of Unreason album art Bad Religion Age Of Unreason (Album) Epitaph 7636-2 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
none Bad Religion - Do What You Want: The Story Of Bad Religion album art Bad Religion Do What You Want: The Story Of Bad Religion(9xCD) Hachette Audio, Blackstone Publishing none US 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

JBG-1072 Bad Religion - Bad Religion album art Bad Religion Bad Religion (EP) Epitaph JBG-1072 US 1981 Sell This Version

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March 19, 2021
I've got a bad religion 7" with only covers on it, chuck berry, r.e.o. speed wagon, led zeppelin and Richard berry.... seems to be very old orange sleeve with a picture of them on the cover with their names..... I don't see it listed here and it doesn't even seem to have a record label on it. maybe released before epitaph? anyone have any info???


February 22, 2021
Where the hell is Emancipation of the Mind? Certainly not under Miscellaneous.


August 27, 2020
Looking for a Bad Religion album: Throwing Bibles at Stained Glass Windows Psalms: 1980-2004


May 21, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
What's the difference between the "Miscellaneous" section and "Singles & EPs" here? The "Miscellaneous" section seems to be full of singles.

Edit:I think it's that all of the Miscellaneous releases are marked Promo.


September 22, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
I wish they would sell an empty lp box !!!
Maybe with extra space for maxis
Or collector lps.


April 29, 2018
Why isn't Back To The Known repressed? Seriously it needs to see vinyl again.


June 3, 2016
Bad Religion are and have ever been the most progressive and musically demanding Punk Rock Band.
You can listen to each record, no matter in which mood you are. You getting into the flow immediately!


March 18, 2016
You can find leaders and followers on the b-side bonus disc with no substance


May 12, 2013
I actually have that song on two singles,the stranger than fiction and 21st century digital boy. They be an imported release though.


April 1, 2013
I noticed that you guys are missing a song Bad Religion did for the Clerks Soundtrack called Leaders and Followers. Unfortunately can only be obtained once you purchase the Clerks soundtrack, which was released back on October 10th 1994. It's a really good song and it's too bad they never re-released it either as a single or on a compilation CD like All Ages.

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