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This is the best Bad Religion album by far. The melodies and harmonies are great and not to mention they are pissed off.... punk rock sounds better pissed off

If You Like American Idiot Then Listen To This

Topical, angry, cynical, raw, catchy, energetic, intelligent, dead on. American Idiot without the gloss. One of the best albums I've heard in many, many years. These guys influenced a generation of groups yet never lost themselves in the process.


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 their 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...
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