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Bad Religion

Band, *1980 US, Los Angeles

Punk/Rock band formed in 1980 in San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles, CA, US by Greg Graffin (vocals), Brett Gurewitz (guitar), Jay Ziskrout (drums), and Jay Bentley (bass). All the members were teenagers when the band started. Only Graffin has remained with the band through every phase of its career, although Bentley and Gurewitz have participated for substantial chunks of time. Graffin and Gurewitz are the band's primary songwriters, with other members contributing occasionally. The band is known for their rapid-fire songs with a melodic edge and strong backing harmonies. Bad Religion released their first record, a self-titled EP, in 1981 on Epitaph Records, a label Gurewitz started after borrowing money from his father. The band released their first full length, "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?", in 1982. Midway through the recording for the album, Ziskrout quit the band and the record was finished with drummer Pete Finestone. In 1983, the band abruptly shifted gears, issuing the keyboard-heavy, prog rock influenced "Into The Unknown", on which neither Bentley (who quit during the recording of the first track) nor Finestone appeared. The results were disastrous, with the band facing considerable backlash from fans and Epitaph immediately pulling the album off record store shelves. For his part, Gurewitz blamed his participation on his increasing drug habit, although he was quick to point out that the sober Graffin had no such excuse to fall back on, and has disowned the album. With Epitaph out of money and the band's reputation in tatters, Gurewitz quit and the band split. Graffin soon moved out of state for college, but returned to California in 1984 and was convinced by Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson to reform Bad Religion with him on guitar. Recruiting Pete Finestone and bassist Tim Gallegos, the band issued a 12" EP, called "Back To The Known", with Gurewitz producing but not playing on the record. Graffin and Hetson spent the next few years playing sporadically with various line-ups. Eventually, Finestone and Bentley returned on a full-time basis. In 1987, a newly sober Brett Gurewitz returned to the fold and the band continued as a five-piece. In 1988, Bad Religion issued a new LP, "Suffer", to enthusiastic fans and critics. This lineup released 2 more albums before Finestone departed in 1991. He was replaced by Bobby Schayer. In 1993, immediately following the release of their 7th LP, "Recipe For Hate", the band jumped from Epitaph to Atlantic Records. Following the release of 1994's "Stranger Than Fiction", Brett Gurewitz left the group. Officially, it was said that his reason for leaving was to concentrate on Epitaph following the huge commercial success of the album "Smash" by The Offspring, and he also expressed displeasure with the band's deal with Atlantic. However, it was later revealed the Gurewitz's primary reason for leaving was due to tension with Bentley (in 1996, Gurewitz released a single with his new band, Daredevils, whose A-side, "Hate You" was written about Bentley). Graffin and Gurewitz also publicly feuded for a short time after the departure. Gurewitz was replaced by Brian Baker (ex-Minor Threat and Dag Nasty). The band would record 3 more albums for Atlantic with Graffin as the primary songwriter, although 1998's "No Substance" featured significant contributions from the other members of Bad Religion. However, the albums were met with largely mixed critical and commercial responses. Meanwhile, Gurewitz had relapsed into drug abuse and faced a number of personal and legal problems. In 2000, a cleaned-up and sober Gurewitz made a guest appearance on the band's LP, "The New America", prompting rumors of a reunion. The album was the group's last for Atlantic. Following the release of "The New America", Bobby Schayer exited the group, as a shoulder injury barred him from playing drums. His replacement was Brooks Wackerman (ex-Suicidal Tendencies). In 2001, it was announced that not only had Brett Gurewitz rejoined the band, but that they would also be returning to Epitaph Records. It turned out the Brett's role would be mostly limited to songwriting and production, as his work with Epitaph makes extended touring impractical, although he would make appearances with the band when they performed in Los Angeles. It was also revealed that since the reunion, Gurewitz rarely actually plays guitar on the albums. Most of the guitar parts are recorded by Brian Baker as he is the most proficient guitarist, although Gurewitz does record parts if he wants to. The band has continued to record and tour steadily since returning to Epitaph. In 2013, Greg Hetson stopped touring with the group due to undisclosed personal issues. Guitarist Mike Dimkich stepped into fill the role and in early 2014, it was announced that Hetson had left the group and Dimkich would be a permanent member. In the fall of 2015, drummer Brooks Wackerman left the group and joined Avenged Sevenfold. He was replaced by Jamie Miller.

PortraitBrett Gurewitz
bvoc, g *1962 US
PortraitGreg Graffin
voc, bvoc *1964 US
PortraitBrian Baker
g, bvoc
PortraitGreg Hetson
g *1961 US
PortraitJay Bentley
b, bvoc *1964 US
PortraitPete Finestone
dr *1964
PortraitBrooks Wackerman
dr *1977 US
PortraitBobby Schayer
dr *1966
PortraitJamie Miller
dr US
PortraitJay Ziskrout
dr *1962 US
Tim Gallegos
b US
Paul Dedona
eb *1960 US
Davy Goldman
Keith Lehrer
PortraitMike Dimkich
g, voc
Popular Tracks   
American Jesus on Recipe For Hate by Bad Religion
Do What You Want on Suffer by Bad Religion
You on No Control by Bad Religion
21st Century (Digital Boy) on Against The Grain by Bad Religion
Punk Rock Song on The Gray Race by Bad Religion
Infected on Stranger Than Fiction by Bad Religion
I Want to Conquer the World on No Control by Bad Religion
New Dark Ages on New Maps of Hell by Bad Religion
No Control on No Control by Bad Religion
Sorrow on The Process Of Belief by Bad Religion

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
The Grey Race Demo SessionsBad Religion2019Album
Chaos From WithinBad Religion2019Single
The Profane Rights of ManBad Religion2018Single
The Kids Are Alt-RightBad Religion2018Single
My SanityBad Religion2018Single
Christmas SongsBad Religion2013Album
Father ChristmasBad Religion2013Single
True NorthBad Religion2013Album
2 Christmas SongsBad Religion2013Album
White ChristmasBad Religion2013Album
Fuck YouBad Religion2012Album
Bad Religion (Public Service Comp Tracks 1981)Bad Religion2011Single
CyanideBad Religion2011Album
30 Years LiveBad Religion2010Album
The Dissent Of ManBad Religion2010Album
The Devil In StitchesBad Religion2010Album
Bad ReligionBad Religion2010Album
1984-01-06 Olympic Auditorium Los Angeles, CABad Religion2009Album
New Maps Of HellBad Religion2007Album
New Dark AgesBad Religion2007Album
Honest GoodbyeBad Religion2007Album
Live At The PalladiumBad Religion2006Album
MP3 CollectionBad Religion2006Compil.
Даёшь Музыку MP3 CollectionBad Religion2006Compil.
The Best SongsBad Religion2005Compil.
B-Sides The UnknownBad Religion2005Album
Los Angeles Is BurningBad Religion2004Single
The Empire Strikes FirstBad Religion2004Album
Punk Rock Songs - The Epic YearsBad Religion2004Album
Коллекция Альбомов (1995 - 2002) CD 2Bad Religion2004Album
The Empire Strikes FirstBad Religion2004Album
Punk Rock Am Ring 2002Bad Religion2002Album
Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years)Bad Religion2002Compil.
The Best Of Flipside Video (Volume 1)Bad Religion / Circle Jerks / The Dickies / The Weirdos2002Album
(1982-1994) CD1Bad Religion2002Compil.
BrokenBad Religion2002Single
The Process Of BeliefBad Religion2002Album
Bad Religion CD 2 ( 1995 - 2002 )Bad Religion2002Compil.
BrokenBad Religion2002Album
The DefenseBad Religion2002Album
SorrowBad Religion2001Album
The New AmericaBad Religion2000Album
I Love My ComputerBad Religion2000Album
The RiotBad Religion2000Album
New AmericaBad Religion2000Single
4 Tracks Taken From Promise LandBad Religion2000Album
Tne New America / No SubstanceBad Religion1999Compil.
Pop Culture Press #32Bad Religion And The Sons Of Hercules1998Album
No SubstanceBad Religion1998Album
Hear ItBad Religion1998Album
Shades Of TruthBad Religion1998Album
No SubstanceBad Religion1998Album
The Biggest Killer In American HistoryBad Religion1998Album
Raise Your VoiceBad Religion With Campino1998Single
Dream Of UnityBad Religion1997Single
Incl. 5 Tracks From The Forthcoming AlbumBad Religion1997Album
TestedBad Religion1997Album
Holiday SamplerBad Religion1997Compil.
4 Tracks From The Gray RaceBad Religion1996Album
Streets Of AmericaBad Religion1996Single
A WalkBad Religion1996Single
Punk Rock SongBad Religion1996Single
The Gray RaceBad Religion1996Album
Bad Religion LiveBad Religion1995Album
Flat Earth SocietyBad Religion1995Album
American Punk InvasionBad Religion, Green Day, NOFX, The Offspring1995Compil.
Radiation HazardBad Religion1995Album
Holy SmokeBad Religion1995Album
All AgesBad Religion1995Compil.
Stranger THan Pulp Fiction...Bad Religion1995Album
Promise Of ProsperityBad Religion1995Album
InfectedBad Religion1995Single
Power PopBad Religion1995Album
Eat Or DieBad Religion / NOFX1995Album
U.S.A. 1993Bad Religion1994Album
Stranger Than FictionBad Religion1994Album
Live & AliveBad Religion1994Album
Stranger Than FictionBad Religion1994Single
Selections From The Album Stranger Than FictionBad Religion1994Album
The Best Of Flipside Video #1Agent Orange / Bad Religion / Circle Jerks1994Album
21st Century (Digital Boy)Bad Religion1994Single
On The EdgeUrge Overkill, Bad Religion1994Compil.
Limited Edition 3 Single PackBad Religion1994Compil.
IncompleteBad Religion1994Album
Never Mind The CatBad Religion1994Album
Classic TraxxBad Religion1994Album
Last Exit For The LostBad Religion1993Album
Turn On The MusicBad Religion1993Album
Live In ItalyBad Religion1993Single
Lookin' InBad Religion1993Album
Struck A NerveBad Religion1993Album
Operation HollandBad Religion1993Album
Only EntertainmentBad Religion1993Album
American JesusBad Religion1993Single
EpitaphBad Religion1993Album
Recipe For HateBad Religion1993Album
GeneratorBad Religion1992Album
Fuck The GovemmentBad Religion1992Album
From Times Of SufferingBad Religion1992Album
Big BangBad Religion1992Album
Bad & WorstBad Religion1992Album
Atomic Garden / For BethBad Religion / Coffin Break1991Single
Between Heaven And HellBad Religion1991Album
Atomic GardenBad Religion1991Single
New World Order: War #1Bad Religion / Noam Chomsky1991Single
Hate YourselfBad Religion1991Album
80-85Bad Religion1991Compil.
Hell On EarthBad Religion1991Album
Against The GrainBad Religion1990Album
Do What You Want!Bad Religion1990Album
Delirium Of DisorderBad Religion1990Album
Along The WayBad Religion1990Album
SilencioBad Religion1989Album
No ControlBad Religion1989Album
SufferBad Religion1988Album
Back To The KnownBad Religion1985Single
Into The UnknownBad Religion1983Album
How Could Hell Be Any Worse?Bad Religion1982Album
Bad ReligionBad Religion1981Single
Live U.S.A.Bad ReligionAlbum
Original Live RecordedBad ReligionAlbum
Christmas Show 11.12.93 + 8.1.94Bad ReligionCompil.
The Riot, December 29, 1990 At the Portal Theater in Lovely North HollywoodBad ReligionSingle
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