No Substance

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No Substance
Studio album by Bad Religion
Released May 15, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998 at Pyramid Sound, Polypterus Studio, Ithaca, New York
Genre Punk rock
Length 41:53
Label Atlantic (Original)
Epitaph (Re-release)
Producer Bad Religion, Alex Perialas, Ronnie Kimball
Bad Religion chronology
Tested
(1997)
No Substance
(1998)
The New America
(2000)
Singles from No Substance
  1. "Raise Your Voice"
    Released: 1998
  2. "The Biggest Killer In American History"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (dud) [2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [3]
Spin 4/10 stars [4]
CMJ New Music Monthly (positive)[5]
The Indianapolis Star 3/5 stars[6]
San Antonio Express-News (positive)[7]

No Substance is the tenth full-length album by the punk rock band Bad Religion. It was the band's third (or fourth, if the reissue of Recipe for Hate is counted) release on Atlantic Records, and their second studio album since guitarist Brett Gurewitz's departure.

No Substance was anticipated by both music critics and fans as a result of the band's previous worldwide successes with their 1994 major label debut Stranger Than Fiction and its 1996 follow up The Gray Race. The album has been met with mixed reviews and was not as successful as band's past releases. The album was re-released by Epitaph Records on September 15, 2008.

Album cover[edit]

The actress on the album cover is Kristen Johnston, most famous for her two-time Emmy Award-winning role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hear It"   Graffin 1:49
2. "Shades of Truth"   Graffin 4:01
3. "All Fantastic Images"   Graffin, Baker 2:08
4. "The Biggest Killer in American History"   Graffin 2:14
5. "No Substance"   Graffin 3:04
6. "Raise Your Voice!" (ft. Campino of Die Toten Hosen) Graffin 2:55
7. "Sowing the Seeds of Utopia"   Graffin 2:01
8. "The Hippy Killers"   Graffin 3:01
9. "The State of the End of the Millennium Address"   Graffin, Baker 2:22
10. "The Voracious March of Godliness"   Graffin 2:27
11. "Mediocre Minds"   Graffin, Hetson 1:56
12. "Victims of the Revolution"   Graffin, Baker 3:17
13. "Strange Denial"   Graffin 3:02
14. "At the Mercy of Imbeciles"   Graffin, Baker, Hetson 1:34
15. "The Same Person"   Graffin, Baker, Bentley 2:49
16. "In So Many Ways"   Graffin 3:04
Japanese Version
No. Title Length
17. "Dream Of Unity"   2:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Campino from Die Toten Hosen - guest vocals on "Raise Your Voice!"
  • Ronnie Kimball - producer, engineer
  • Alex Perialas - producer, engineer
  • Gavin Lurssen - mastering
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing
  • Jason Arnold - engineer
  • Mike Dy - engineer
  • Fred Kevorkian - engineer
  • Danielle Gibson - art coordination
  • Steve Raskin - art direction, design
  • Valerie Wagner - art direction, design
  • Terry Richardson - photography
  • Chris Toliver - photography
  • Taylor Nidoski - trumpet

Notes[edit]

  • "The State of The End of The Millennium Address" is written like a speech, very similar to the beginning of "Voice of God is Government" from How Could Hell Be Any Worse?.
  • If you dial the 800 number, it will link through to ConAgra Foods customer service.
  • On the vinyl release, Campino sings alternating lines on "Raise Your Voice". On the CD version, he only provides backing vocals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ No Substance at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: bad religion". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Milner, Greg (June 1998). "Reviews". Spin 14 (6): 138. 
  5. ^ Jacks, Kelso (June 1998). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly (58): 36. 
  6. ^ Bacon, Scott (May 31, 1998). "Corgan is one sensitive Pumpkin on `Adore'". Indianapolis Star. p. I4. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Robert (August 12, 1998). "Quick Spins". San Antonio Express-News. 
  8. ^ Gormely, Ian (February 2013). "Bad Religion Empire State of Mind". Empire.ca. Retrieved 17 July 2013.