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Editors’ Notes

A segment of its punk base cried foul when Bad Religion left Epitaph to sign with Atlantic for 1994’s Stranger Than Fiction, but there was no denying the newfound muscle in its music. Teamed with Andy Wallace—who'd mixed and engineered classic albums by Slayer, Nirvana, and Sepultura—Bad Religion made the brawniest album of its career. While the band had experimented with alternate forms of songcraft on 1992’s Generator and 1993’s Recipe for Hate, this major-label debut was more of a return to its punk roots, with almost every song delivered as a hot blast of intellectual ferocity. “Incomplete,” “Individual," and “Hooray for Me” perfected the notion of an ideal Bad Religion song: propulsive but upwardly moving, full of heartfelt sing-alongs for the brainy and angry alike. Rancid’s Tim Armstrong helped make “Television” a classic, while Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg showed up for “Marked,” strengthening Bad Religion’s connection to a younger generation of Epitaph bands. It ends with a beefy reprise of “21st Century (Digital Boy),” a 1990 Bad Religion single that felt utterly current when transplanted to the musical landscape of 1994.

Customer Reviews

Not just commercial success

To me this is it; Bad Religions signature masterpiece. From beginning to end the cavalcade of 2-3 minute southern californian power punk tunes do not let up for a second. From Bret's lyrics and fretful guitar playing to Greg's almost watery eyed lyrics this album has it all. Bret is mostly known for his very heavy anti-christian stances in song form but this album focuses more on a total anti-establishment forum. Yeah yeah, Infected and the re-release of 21st Century Boy get the praise but there are so many more gems on this album. Incomplete starts the angst driven soul searching power trip on the album leading into Tiny Voices before meandering into my personal favorite title track Stranger Than Fiction. And then just when you can't sing loud enough along with every song...BAM out of nowhere they hit you with Slumber; a somber reminder that death is real and we all face it soon. Bad Religion has been together 30 years and haven't disappointed yet. Kudos.

So Happy

Finally Infected is back on iTunes

From the first song to the last...

This is one of the greatest punk rock albums ever made. It's no wonder it went gold.

Biography

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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