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After disintegrating in 1985 and nearly succumbing to personal turmoil, Bad Religion tentatively reunited in 1987 and rediscovered itself with 1989’s Suffer, a wholly focused, sober, and scholarly piece of punk rock. Songs like "1000 More Fools," "Suffer," and "When?" put Bad Religion at the vanguard of a new wave of punk principles. Brett Gurewitz and Greg Hetson created a guitar-based assault that's as thick as it is quick, but the band's brain and soul came from singer Greg Graffin. Even when he was singing Gurewitz’s words—the pair split the lyrics on Suffer—Graffin was perhaps the first punk vocalist who showed it was possible to be hyper-articulate and direct at the same time. His lyrics spoke to the suburban teenager shown aflame in the album art. But rather than indoctrinate that teen with nihilism, “Delirium of Disorder” spouted philosophy and science: “Yeah, I am just an atom in an ectoplasmic sea/Without direction or a reason to exist/The anechoic nebula rotating in my brain/Is persuading me contritely to persist.”

Customer Reviews

You will not suffer

Must have. All the energy and nasty chords any BR fan could want. Just buy it. Or better yet, steal it.

Classic Bad Religion

1990, I'm 14 and that cover just screams REBELLION. I buy it for the cover art alone, but the lyrics, the lyrics are a revelation. Graffin is one of the most intelligent lyricists in punk rock and Suffer is a prime example. If you love original Southern California punk then you'll love this album.

a seminal work.

This was the album that changed everything. It took the grittiness of street punk and hardcore from the early 80s, infused it with harmony, sped it up, amped it up, gave it more lyrical depth, and then spit it out into a dying scene. Punk rock was re-charged because of this album. If you are a fan of full on punk that charges through and takes no prisoners, this is for you. It just doesn't stop from beginning to end.


Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all of the Southern Californian hardcore punk bands of the early '80s, Bad Religion stayed around the longest. For over a decade, they retained their underground credibility without turning out a series of indistinguishable records that all sound the same. Instead, the band refined its attack, adding inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, and hard rock along the way, as well as a considerable dose of melody. Between their 1982 debut and their first major-label record, 1993's Recipe for Hate,...
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