Bad Religion

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.

Bad Religion Discography


Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (Album, Comp) Epitaph US 1981 Sell This Version
EPI-BRLP2 Bad Religion Into The Unknown(LP, Album) Epitaph EPI-BRLP2 US 1983 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Suffer (Album) Epitaph US 1988 Sell This Version
Bad Religion No Control (Album) Epitaph US 1989 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Against The Grain (Album) Epitaph US 1990 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Generator (Album) Epitaph, Epitaph US 1992 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Recipe For Hate (Album) Epitaph US 1993 Sell This Version
PRCS 5391 Bad Religion Live Hate(Cass, Promo) Atlantic PRCS 5391 US 1993 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction (Album) Atlantic Poland 1994 Sell This Version
Bad Religion The Gray Race (Album) Atlantic Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Tested (Album) Dragnet Records, Dragnet Records, Epic Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Bad Religion No Substance (Album) Atlantic Turkey 1997 Sell This Version
Bad Religion The New America (Album) Atlantic Russia 2000 Sell This Version
Bad Religion The Process Of Belief (Album) Epitaph Japan 2002 Sell This Version
Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First (Album) Epitaph Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
Bad Religion New Maps Of Hell (Album) Epitaph US 2007 Sell This Version
Bad Religion The Dissent Of Man (Album) Epitaph Europe 2010 Sell This Version
Bad Religion 30 Years Live (Album) Epitaph US 2010 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Christmas Songs (Album) Epitaph USA & Canada 2013 Sell This Version
Bad Religion True North (Album) Epitaph Europe 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bad Religion Bad Religion (EP) Epitaph US 1981 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Back To The Known (EP) Epitaph, Epitaph US 1985 Sell This Version
Bad Religion Atomic Garden (Single) Sympathy For The Record Industry US 1991 Sell This Version
MRR 006 Bad Religion / Noam Chomsky Bad Religion / Noam Chomsky - New World Order: War #1(7") Maximumrocknroll MRR 006 US 1991 Sell This Version
Bad Religion American Jesus (Single) Sympathy For The Record Industry US 1993 Sell This Version

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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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