30 Facts About Bad Religion


Bad Religion is an American punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1980.

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Shortly before the release of Stranger than Fiction, Gurewitz left Bad Religion to run his label Epitaph on a full-time basis, and was replaced by Brian Baker.

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Bad Religion was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1980 by high school students Greg Graffin, Jay Bentley, Jay Ziskrout, and Brett Gurewitz.

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Bad Religion returned to a somewhat mellower, rock and roll version of their original sound with the Back to the Known EP.

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Bad Religion slowly reformed in 1986 out of the Back to the Known line-up when Graffin called Bentley and asked him to return.

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The resulting album, No Control, was released in November 1989, and was Bad Religion's best-selling album at the time, eventually selling more than 80,000 copies.

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In May 1991, Bad Religion entered the Westbeach Recorders studio to begin recording material for their sixth studio album, Generator, which was not released until March 1992.

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Bad Religion officially cited the reason for his departure as the increasing amount of time he was needed at Epitaph as The Offspring became one of the biggest bands of the mid-1990s.

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Bad Religion continued touring and recording without Brett Gurewitz, releasing three more albums for Atlantic, starting with The Gray Race, produced by former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.

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In 1998, Bad Religion released their tenth full-length album, No Substance, produced by Alex Perialas, Ronnie Kimball, and the band themselves.

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In early March 2008, Bad Religion played several night residences at House of Blues venues in Southern California as well as Las Vegas.

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On July 8,2008, Bad Religion released their first-ever deluxe edition CD, a reissue of the then-current album New Maps of Hell.

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Bad Religion stated that the band was planning to return to the studio to start work on the follow-up to New Maps of Hell, planned for a June 2009 release, after Graffin teaches UCLA.

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In March and April 2010, to commemorate their 30th anniversary, Bad Religion toured Southern California's and Nevada's House of Blues locations, playing 30 Shows in 30 Nights with a 30-song set each night.

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Jay mentioned on the site's message board that Bad Religion had finished recording their new album and was mixing it.

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On October 18,2010, Bad Religion released a vinyl box set of all their albums that is limited to 3000 copies, including their 1983 album Into the Unknown, which had been out of print for over 25 years.

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On June 25,2011, Bad Religion performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV.

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Bad Religion said that Pennywise's new album All or Nothing inspired Brett to write a sequel to the band's 1989 album No Control.

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Bad Religion stated that Brett and Joe Barresi are going to produce it.

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Bad Religion played a few shows as a four-piece in mid April - May 2013—starting with their appearance at "That Damn Show" in Mesa, AZ, on April 20, including some high profile shows such as Groezrock in Belgium—leading fans to speculate over Greg Hetson's continued involvement in the band.

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On September 10,2013, it was announced that Bad Religion would be releasing their first Christmas album, titled Christmas Songs, on October 29,2013.

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From July to September 2014, Bad Religion embarked on the Summer Nationals Tour with Pennywise; their former labelmates, The Offspring, The Vandals, Stiff Little Fingers, and Naked Raygun supported them on selected dates.

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The good thing about Bad Religion is that you don't really have to have a new product out to go work.

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In October 2020, Bad Religion released a new song, "What Are We Standing For, " on streaming platforms, which was an outtake from the Age of Unreason sessions.

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On January 20,2021, Bad Religion released a previously-unreleased song called, "Emancipation of the Mind, " which was recorded during the Age of Unreason sessions.

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Bad Religion has been described as punk rock, skate punk, melodic hardcore, and hardcore punk.

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Many of Bad Religion's songs are about different social ills, although they try not to ascribe the causes of these ills to any single person or group.

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Bad Religion performed at L7's abortion-rights benefit Rock for Choice at the Hollywood Palladium on April 30,1993, with acts such as Stone Temple Pilots, White Zombie, Bikini Kill, King Missile, and Free Kitten with Kim Gordon.

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On March 24,2012, Bad Religion headlined the Reason Rally in Washington, DC, sharing the stage with Eddie Izzard, Richard Dawkins, Tim Minchin and James Randi.

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Lot of Bad Religion merchandise, including hats, belt buckles, t-shirts, and hoodies, contain the Crossbuster.

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