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Far from just being prophets of doom, Bad Religion is the Plato of punk rock. They are the wise forefathers of a generation of misguided, disillusioned youth that has blossomed into an almost-thirty something, disillusioned working class. While others from the Los Angeles punk scene came and went, Bad Religion is still writing, recording and releasing music nearly two decades after forming.

Bad Religion is a punk band, known for poignant, erudite lyrics and biting social commentary and formed in Los Angeles, California in 1980 by high school students Greg Graffin (vocals), Jay Bentley (bass guitar) and Jay Ziskrout (drums), and high school drop-out Brett Gurewitz (guitar). In 1981, the band released their eponymous debut EP on their own newly-formed label, Epitaph Records, managed and owned by Gurewitz. 1982 saw the release of their first full-length album, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, gaining the band a sizeable following. During the recording of How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Jay Ziskrout left the band and was replaced by Peter Finestone.

Greg Graffin, the band's frontman, holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Cornell University. In his doctoral dissertation, "Monism, Atheism, and the Naturalist World-View: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology," he concludes that there's "no conflict between evolutionary theory and religion on the one important condition that religion is essentially atheistic." One of his beliefs (and he is a man of deep faith), which must have helped him to arrive at his findings, is that naturalism is set to become a new and influential religion. Naturalism "is satisfying," Graffin has said, "because it is a teacher. Naturalism teaches one of the most important things in the world: there is only this life—so live wonderfully and meaningfully." And one of the keys to a wonderful and meaningful existence is living free of delusions, which all "bad religions"—traditional churches, political dogmas, conformist social codes—trade in. He also denies the existence of free will.

In 1983, the band released Into the Unknown, a keyboard-driven psychedelic rock album that was enormously unpopular with the band's core fan base. It is now out of print, and generally disowned by the band. However, in past years it has become a collector's item, and has gained some acceptance from fans, many of which consider it a good album, just not a good Bad Religion Album. It now can be seen going for more than 100 dollars on eBay, and is often pirated. A common sign of a pirated version of the LP is the blueish hue on the cover, instead of the reddish hue. In 1985, they returned to a somewhat mellower, Rock and Roll version of their original sound with the Back to the Known EP, but they disbanded soon thereafter.
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They reformed in 1987 and released Suffer on the same year, which cemented their comeback in the punk community. No Control (1989) and Against the Grain (1990) further increased the band's popularity, followed by Generator (1992). Before recording sessions for Generator commenced, drummer Pete Finestone left Bad Religion in 1991 to focus on his other band, The Fishermen, which had signed with a major label, and Bobby Schayer joined the band as his replacement. Recipe for Hate (1993) followed shortly thereafter.

With alternative rock breaking into the mainstream, Bad Religion left Epitaph Records for Atlantic Records and quickly re-released Recipe for Hate on the major label. (In fact, Epitaph sold the rights to that album to Atlantic Records.) 1994's Stranger Than Fiction followed, but right around its release Gurewitz left the band. Officially he cited the increasing amount of time he was spending at Epitaph's offices as the Offspring became one of the biggest bands of the mid-1990s (see 1994 in music), but it was well-known that the departure was not on good terms, as he later accused the band of selling out for leaving Epitaph for a major label. Gurewitz recorded a song with his new band the Daredevils entitled "Hate You," reportedly directed towards Jay Bentley. Gurewitz, moreover, was fighting heroin and other addictions during this era, as he explains in the Bad Religion video Along the Way.

Gurewitz was replaced as a guitarist by Brian Baker, former member of bands such as Minor Threat and Dag Nasty. Previously Greg Graffin and Gurewitz had split songwriting duties, which left Greg as Bad Religion's sole songwriter.

What followed were a series of relatively unsuccessful albums, The Gray Race (1996), No Substance (1998), and The New America (2000) (though The Gray Race in particular was well-received by many fans). As their popularity was not what it once was, Bad Religion departed from Atlantic Records in 2001 and returned to Epitaph. Bobby Schayer left the band and was replaced by Brooks Wackerman (Suicidal Tendencies) and Gurewitz rejoined the band in time to record The Process Of Belief (2002). The Empire Strikes First was released on Epitaph Records in June 2004. Additionally, the band has released digitally-remastered versions of several of their early albums, including How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Suffer, No Control, Against the Grain, and Generator. The How Could Hell Be Any Worse? re-issue also contained all of their first EP, the "Public Service" EP (alternative versions of Bad Religion, Slaves and Drastic Actions from the self titled EP) and "Back To The Known".

Thesaurus Rock or just thought-provoking? How many times have you heard the words "conflagrations" and "paradigm" in punk lyrics? For some 17 years, Bad Religion's style and matter have remained the same. The early tracks were perhaps Bad Religion paradigms--some just had a little more conflagration than others. In 1997, Bad Religion released Tested, an import-only live record on Sony Dragnet Records, with 27 songs culminated from their Gray Race Tour; rumor is Atlantic may release it in the States in Fall '97, but nothing is confirmed. The Bad boys are also working on new material, but no recording date is set. Although busy running his record label, Gurewitz also recently formed the studio quartet the Daredevils, releasing the CD single "Hate You"/"Rules, Hearts."

Bad Religion EP (1981)
Public Service EP (1981)
How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (1982)
Into the Unknown (1983)
Back to the Known EP (1984)
Suffer (1987)
No Control (1989)
Against the Grain (1990)
'80-'85 (1991, compilation of their older albums and EPs)
Generator (1992)
Recipe for Hate (1993)
Stranger Than Fiction (1994)
All Ages (compilation album, 1995)
The Gray Race (1996)
Tested (live album, 1997)
No Substance (1998)
The New America (2000)
The Process of Belief (2002)
Punk Rock Songs (Europe-only greatest hits)
The Empire Strikes First (2004)
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