Bad Religion (EP)

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Bad Religion
EP by Bad Religion
Released February 1981[1]
Recorded October 1980 at Studio 9 in Los Angeles[1]
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 9:41
Label Epitaph (EPI 001)
Producer Bad Religion, Big Dick
Bad Religion chronology
Bad Religion
(1981)
How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
(1982)

Bad Religion (also referred to as The Bad Religion EP) is the first official recording by the Los Angeles punk rock band Bad Religion. It was released in February 1981 through guitarist Brett Gurewitz's record label Epitaph Records with the catalog number EPI 001.

Recording[edit]

The recording sessions of the EP took place in October 1980 at a demo studio called Studio 9, located above an office and drug store in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.[2] The EP was mastered by Stan Ross at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. At the time of the EP's release, vocalist Greg Graffin and bassist Jay Bentley were both 16 years old, while Gurewitz and drummer Jay Ziskrout were both 18.

Reissues[edit]

The Bad Religion EP has been reissued a number of times, mostly on vinyl. It was initially released on 7-inch vinyl, and soon afterward re-issued as a 12-inch vinyl. In West Germany, a 7" bootleg limited edition of the EP was released in 1989 was packaged with then-current album No Control.[1] The EP was also pressed on compact cassettes, but they are rare. Although the Bad Religion EP has never been released on CD, all the songs appeared on the 1991 compilation album 80-85, and once again on the 2004 CD reissue of the group's 1982 debut studio album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, which featured the same track listing as 80-85. The EP was reissued on April 18, 2009 in conjunction with Record Store Day. Copies were limited to 1,000. It is currently being sold at Epitaph Records' online store and comes pressed on grey vinyl.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]

The Bad Religion EP received a positive review from Brenda Jamrus of the punk rock magazine Ripper, who called it "a real powerful six song EP from Bad Religion." She added that "when so many bands are moving away from political overtones, these four guys are keeping politics alive" and described the songs as "fast and solid".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Religion"   Brett Gurewitz 1:49
2. "Politics"   Greg Graffin 1:21
3. "Sensory Overload"   Gurewitz 1:31
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Slaves"   Graffin 1:20
5. "Drastic Actions"   Gurewitz 2:36
6. "World War III"   Graffin 0:54

Personnel[edit]

Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History of the Bad Religion EP". 
  2. ^ Brett's commentary on recording the Bad Religion 7" (listen to it here)
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Jamrus, Brenda (December 1981). "Bad Religion review". Ripper.