Bad Religion Guitar Chords

Bad Religion


Out of all of the Southern California 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 its 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 Hate, Bad Religion stayed vital in the hardcore community by tightening their musical execution and keeping their lyrics complex and righteously angry.

Bad Religion formed in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles in 1980, comprising guitarist Brett Gurewitz, vocalist Greg Graffin, bassist Jay Bentley, and drummer Jay Ziskrout. Gurewitz established his own record company, Epitaph, to release the band's records. Between their self-titled EP and their first full-length record, Pete Finestone replaced Ziskrout as the group's drummer. How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, their debut album, was released in 1982 and gained them some attention on the national U.S. hardcore scene. After its release, the group's lineup changed, as bassist Paul Dedona and drummer Davy Goldman joined the group. This lineup produced 1983's Into the Unknown, an album that revealed the group's interest in progressive rock and featured extensive keyboard work; the album and the band's new direction proved highly controversial among Bad Religion's core fans.

In the meantime, the band's lineup was undergoing some more shakeups. Gurewitz had to take 1984 off to recover from various substance abuse problems, leaving Graffin as the band's only original member. In addition to Graffin, the 1984 incarnation of the band featured former Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson, bassist Tim Gallegos, and returning drummer Pete Finestone. Bad Religion's next release, the harder, punkier Back to the Known EP, restored faith among the group's devoted fans. After its release, the group went on hiatus for three years.

When Bad Religion returned in 1987, the band featured Gurewitz, Graffin, Ziskrout, Hetson, and Finestone. They released Suffer the following year, a record that reestablished the group as prominent players in the U.S. underground punk/hardcore scene. They followed with No Control (1989) and Against the Grain (1990). By the time of their 1993 album, Recipe for Hate, alternative rock had achieved greater visibility in the rock mainstream; in addition, the band's following became one of the largest in American punk. These two factors contributed to Bad Religion signing a major-label contract with Atlantic Records.

Recipe for Hate was originally released on Epitaph, but it was soon re-released with the support of Atlantic. The group's first proper major-label album was 1994's Stranger Than Fiction; it was also Gurewitz's last album with the group. Before the release of Stranger Than Fiction, Epitaph had an unexpected hit with the Offspring's Smash, causing Gurewitz to spend more time at the label; reports also indicated that he was displeased with Bad Religion's major-label contract. The group replaced Gurewitz with hardcore veteran Brian Baker (formerly of Minor Threat) for their supporting tour, which proved to be their most successful to date.

Bad Religion released their second major-label album, The Gray Race, in early 1996, but it didn't achieve the same results as its predecessors. No Substance followed in 1998, and two years later the band returned with New America, which was produced by Todd Rundgren. Although it featured Bad Religion's best work in years, Atlantic subsequently dropped the band, and they returned to Epitaph. In the summer of 2001, Gurewitz rejoined the lineup after a six-year absence, and the group began work on The Process of Belief. The album appeared in February of the following year, and was widely hailed for its recalibration of the Graffin/Gurewitz axis.

Bad Religion's next project was the remastering and issuing of their early catalog. The discs began appearing in April 2004 with the release of Generator and How Could Hell Be Any Worse? The former included relevant 7" material from the era, while Hell took the place of 80-85, which had previously accounted for the band's earliest output. Both were fully remastered, as were subsequent reissues of Suffer, No Control, and Against the Grain. Bad Religion then returned in June of that year with The Empire Strikes First, a typically acerbic LP that reflected the surge of anger and defiance in the punk and indie music communities toward the policies of the Bush administration.

The powerful New Maps of Hell, released in 2007, continued on the path of discontent and railed at what the band saw as rampant apathy in the face of global crisis. Coinciding with Bad Religion's 30th anniversary in 2009, the bandmembers announced they would be going into the studio to record their 15th studio album. Titled The Dissent of Man, the album was released the following year on Epitaph. Rumors circulated that the group might be disbanding, but Graffin denied that there were any such plans, and in 2013 Bad Religion released True North, as well as a Christmas album, the aptly titled Christmas Songs. February 2016 saw the release of 30 Years Live, a vinyl-only album that featured a cross section of songs from throughout Bad Religion's career, recorded during their 30th anniversary tour in 2010. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Genres: pop punk, punk, skate punk

Guitar Chords:

1000 More Fools
10 In 2010
21St Century Digital Boy
21St Century Digital Boy (ver. 2)
Adams Atoms
Adams Atoms (ver. 2)
All There Is
Along The Way
American Jesus
American Jesus (ver. 2)
American Jesus (ver. 3)
Atomic Garden
A Walk
Before You Die
Before You Die (ver. 2)
Best For You
Better Off Dead
Better Off Dead (ver. 2)
Big Bang
Billy (ver. 2)
Boot Stamping On A Human Face Forever
Bored And Extremely Dangerous
Cease (ver. 2)
Change Of Ideas
Change Of Ideas (ver. 2)
Changing Tide
Chasing The Wild Goose
Come Join Us
Crisis Time
Damned To Be Free
Damned To Be Free (ver. 2)
Dearly Beloved
Dearly Beloved (ver. 2)
Delirium Of Disorder
Dept Of False Hope
Doing Time
Dont Pray On Me
Dont Sell Me Short
Dont Sell Me Short (ver. 2)
Dont Sell Me Short (ver. 3)
Do What You Want
Drastic Changes
Dream Of Unity
Dream Of Unity (ver. 2)
Drunk Sincerity
Eat Your Dog
Empty Causes
Faith Alone
Faith In God
Father Christmas
Flat Earth Society
Flat Earth Society (ver. 2)
Flat Earth Society (ver. 3)
Forbidden Beat
Fuck Armageddon This Is Hell
Fuck You
Fuck You (ver. 2)
Gods Love
God Song
God Song (ver. 2)
Grains Of Wrath
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Heaven Is Falling
Hello Cruel World
Hole In The Ship
Honest Goodbye
Honest Goodbye (ver. 2)
Hooray For Me
How Much Is Enough
I Love My Computer
Infected (ver. 2)
Inner Logic
Inner Logic (ver. 2)
In Their Hearts Is Right
In The Night
Its A Long Way To The Promised Land
Its A Long Way To The Promised Land (ver. 2)
Its Only Over When
I Wont Say Anything
Land Of Competition
Latch Key Kids
Latch Key Kids (ver. 2)
Let It Burn
Let It Slide
Live Again The Fall Of Man
Los Angeles Is Burning
Los Angeles Is Burning (ver. 2)
Lost Pilgrim
Man With A Mission
Markovian Process
Million Days
Misery And Famine
Modern Day Catastrophists
My Poor Friend Me
New America
New Dark Ages
News From The Front
Nobody Listens
No Control
No Direction
Nothing To Dismay
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Only Gonna Die
Only Rain
Out Of Hand
Part Iii
Part Ii The Numbers Game
Part Lll
Past Is Dead
Pity The Dead
Positive Aspect
Pride And The Pallor
Progress (ver. 2)
Prove It
Punk Rock Song
Punk Rock Song (ver. 2)
Punk Rock Song (ver. 3)
Quality Or Quantity
Queen Of The 21St Century
Robin Hood In Reverse
Shattered Faith
Skyscraper (ver. 2)
Social Suicide
Sorrow (ver. 2)
Sorrow (ver. 3)
Sorrow (ver. 4)
Sorrow (ver. 5)
Sowing The Seeds Of Utopia
Strange Denial
Stranger Than Fiction
Suffer (ver. 2)
The Answer
The Day The Earth Stalled
The Defense
The Devil In Stitches
The Resist Stance
The Streets Of America
To Another Abyss
True North
True North Accostic
Turn On The Light
Turn Your Back On Me
Waiting For The Fire
Watch It Die
Were Only Gonna Die From Our Own Arrogance
What Can You Do
What Can You Do (ver. 2)
Who We Are
Wont Somebody
Wont Somebody (ver. 2)
Wrong Way Kids
You Are The Government
You Dont Belong