Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Bad Religion

Bad Religion
JEC International

Heroes to a thousand Japanese melocore bands, SoCal veterans Bad Religion return to Japan for a much-anticipated tour that will see them playing only one date in the Tokyo area.

With a well-regarded new album - The New America - Bad Religion are still at the vanguard of a movement that they helped launch back in the early ' Along with groups like Black Flag, Rancid and Offspring, Bad Religion gave vent to the anger felt by a generation of white suburban kids at a time of deep economic and social discontent.

Formed in 1980 in Los Angeles by guitarist Brett Gurewitz and singer-songwriter Greg Graffin, Bad Religion issued their first self-titled EP in 1982 on Epitaph, the label formed by Gurewitz to release the band's records. Their debut album Into The Unknown followed in 1983, after which Gurewitz dropped out of the band to recover from substance abuse problems.

Reforming in 1987, Bad Religion issued Suffer, reestablishing the group in the US indie-rock scene. No Control in 1989 and Against The Grain in 1990 cemented their reputation and street cred.

By the time of their 1993 album, Recipe For Hate, Nirvana's grunge revolution had brought the underground punk scene to the attention of the major labels, leading to the signing of Bad Religion with Atlantic for 1994's Stranger Than Fiction.

While the move lost them some diehard indie-rock fanatics, it also brought Bad Religion to a wider audience and new generation of listeners. Meanwhile, Gurewitz's label Epitaph had scored big with Smash, The Offspring's surprise hit, which lead to his departure from the band. The Grace followed in 1996 with No Substance appearing in 1998.

Under the direction of Todd Rundgren, the recording for 2000's The New America took place on Kauai, Hawaii, and saw Graffin reunite with Gurewitz to pen the song "Believe It."

"To me the song does sound like a long-lost friend," says Graffin on the official Bad Religion website. "It's just silly to deny that there is something special between us. We are connected and always will be."

Bad Religion play On Air East on December 6. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana