I've spent an unhealthy amount of time listening to Bad Religion. Back in 1984 when I first heard "We're Only Gonna Die" (later besmirched by rap-metal merchants, Biohazard) I listened to it incessantly, absorbing the university-grade pessimism and that folk-ish melody all delivered at top speed. I wanted more. For years, I searched for their then-scare records. The lucky few spoke in awe of their 1988 comeback album, Suffer, their full-length follow-up to their universally-hated prog-psych album Into the Unknown from 1983. When I finally got both the then-new No Control and Suffer on the same day, I knew why Fat Mike called the latter "The record that changed everything". Suffer established smart, angry, melodic So Cal punk as unchanging ideal, cut off from either following or negating larger trends, it brought about an endless winter of discontent.
01. God Rest You Jerry Mentleman (Holiday Sampler CD)
02. Joy to the World (Holiday Sampler CD)
03. Leon (Holiday Sampler CD)
04. Lose As Directed (New America B-Side)
05. Pretenders (New America Single)
06. Queen of the 21st Century (New America B-Side)
07. The Fast Life (New America B-Side)
08. Follow The Leader (No Substance Limited Edition CD)
09. Tested (No Substance Limited Edition CD)
10. The Dodo (No Substance Limited Edition CD)
11. Universal Cynic (No Substance Limited Edition CD)
12. Out of Hand (Short Music for Short People)
13. The Surface Of Me (The Empire Strikes First B-Side)
14. Shattered Faith (The Process of Belief B-Side)
15. Who We Are (The Process of Belief B-Side)
16. Punk Rock Song (German Version) (The Grey Race EU-CD)
(This compilation, part of a two-disc set, was taken from Schrabbel Punk but the bonus tracks from the still-very-much-in-print New Maps of Hell Deluxe Version have been removed.)
Bonus, Compilation, Cover and Rare Live Songs Part one link is in the comments.
Speaking of comments; Did Suffer really change everything?
This excellent bootleg of newer b-sides will not convert the skeptical, it's for those who know already. If you don't know, now is the time to Suffer:
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