Bad Religion are one of the longest running American punk rock bands, formed in Los Angeles in One of the most intelligent bands around, vocalist Greg Graffin is in fact a college lecturer and the band have always been outspoken about politics and, as their name would suggest, religion. Despite their roots being very much in the underground, they have achieved much commercial success throughout their career, largely due to their melodic brand of punk which has often contained pop sensibilities. They have had a lot of line-up changes during their time, with Graffin being the only constant member. Gurewitz left to concentrate on the label full time in He returned in
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The band's lyrics cover topics related to religion, politics, society, the media and science. Musically, they are noted for their melodic sensibilities and extensive use of three-part vocal harmonies. The band has experienced multiple line-up changes, with singer Greg Graffin being the band's only constant member, though fellow founding members Jay Bentley and Brett Gurewitz have since rejoined, and guitarist Brian Baker has been a member of the group since Guitarist Mike Dimkich and drummer Jamie Miller have been members of the band since and respectively. They are considered to be one of the best-selling punk rock acts of all time,  having sold over five million albums worldwide. After gaining a large underground following and critical praise through their releases on Gurewitz's label Epitaph in the s and early s, Bad Religion experienced mainstream success after signing to the major label Atlantic in , and along with California-based bands like Green Day , The Offspring , NOFX and Rancid , they were responsible for the punk rock revival movement of the s. Shortly before the release of Stranger than Fiction , Gurewitz left Bad Religion to run his label Epitaph on a full-time basis in response to the success of the label's then-artists the Offspring and Rancid , and was replaced by Brian Baker. The band's success had slowly dwindled by the late s, and after three more albums, they were dropped from Atlantic in ; this resulted in Bad Religion returning to Epitaph and Gurewitz rejoining the band. Since then, they have undergone a resurgence in popularity, with " Sorrow ", " Los Angeles Is Burning " and " The Devil in Stitches " being Top 40 hits on the US charts , and their sixteenth studio album True North becoming Bad Religion's first album to crack the top 20 on the Billboard chart, where it peaked at number Their first public performance was playing six  or eight  songs at a Fullerton, California ,  or Santa Ana, California ,  warehouse opening for Social Distortion.
Since forming in the San Fernando Valley some 36 years ago, Bad Religion have released 16 studio albums and 24 singles, shaping the sound of punk as we know it. We challenged Funeral For A Friend frontman and mega-fan Matt Davies-Kreye to pick the best 10 songs from their back catalogue, in order…. This was released during the time they were no longer on Epitaph and were on a major label. I think Sublime really nailed the ferocity of that track and played it with more energy. You can find that on their 40oz. To Freedom