15 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

badfeather ,

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.

Michael Mc Metal ,

4th Best Bad Religion Album

This album was released in 1988. It was a punk, yet not a stereotypical punk band like Dead Kennedys or The Clash. Much like Social Distortion at the time, the band made a name for itself by giving a fresh, original play on punk rock music. The lyrics may hurt your head a little, but it's a great album with great playing and singing. The highlights include You Are (The Government), How Much I Enough, Land of Competetion, Best For You and Do What You Want.

I'm smarter than you ,

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.

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