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Compilation album by Bad Religion
Released November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)
Recorded 1980–1985
Genre Punk rock
Length 56:24
Label Epitaph
Producer Bad Religion
Bad Religion chronology
Against the Grain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (neither)[2]

80–85 is the first compilation album by Bad Religion, released in 1991 after the band had risen to success. It is a collection of their early recordings before the 1988 release of their third album Suffer.


80–85 includes the entire How Could Hell Be Any Worse? album as well as two official EPs (Bad Religion and Back to the Known), plus three tracks from the Public Service compilation. 80–85 does not include their second album, Into the Unknown, partly due to its drastically different style and unpopularity, but is mentioned in the booklet.

80–85 is out of print, but on April 6, 2004, a remastered version of this album was released. It shares the same name as their 1982 debut How Could Hell Be Any Worse? and includes the same track listing as 80–85. Reissues of their post-1985 releases – Suffer, No Control, Against the Grain and Generator – were released on the same day as the 2004 remastered version of this album, as well as a DVD reissue of their live VHS Along the Way.

Release date[edit]

One of the most mysterious aspects of this compilation is its release date. Although the inlay on some copies says it was released 1991, this information may be confusing, like other early Bad Religion releases.[clarification needed] The album could have been released before 1991, as indicated by its catalog number — 80-85 was released as Epitaph number 86407, while Against the Grain was released as Epitaph number 86409.

For a while, Epitaph.com and the official Bad Religion website both claimed it was released on May 18, 1992, two months after the release of then-current album Generator (the current Bad Religion website claims it was released on November 12, 1991). Also, some CD lookup databases such as CDDB list 1989 as its release date. Finally, Allmusic claims it was released in 1990, while Punknews.org claims it was released in 1985 and Epitaph.com claims it was released in 1994, but there are no facts to support either case.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We're Only Gonna Die"   Graffin 2:12
2. "Latch Key Kids"   Graffin 1:38
3. "Part III"   Bentley 1:48
4. "Faith in God"   Graffin 1:50
5. "Fuck Armageddon... This Is Hell"   Graffin 2:48
6. "Pity"   Graffin 2:00
7. "Into the Night"   Gurewitz 3:25
8. "Damned to Be Free"   Graffin 1:58
9. "White Trash (2nd Generation)"   Gurewitz 2:21
10. "American Dream"   Gurewitz 1:41
11. "Eat Your Dog"   Graffin 1:04
12. "Voice of God Is Government"   Bentley 2:54
13. "Oligarchy"   Gurewitz 1:01
14. "Doing Time"   Gurewitz 3:00
15. "Bad Religion"   Gurewitz 1:49
16. "Politics"   Graffin 1:21
17. "Sensory Overload"   Gurewitz 1:31
18. "Slaves"   Graffin 1:20
19. "Drastic Actions"   Gurewitz 2:36
20. "World War III"   Graffin 0:54
21. "Yesterday"   Graffin 2:39
22. "Frogger"   Hetson 1:19
23. "Bad Religion"   Gurewitz 2:10
24. "Along The Way"   Graffin 1:36
25. "New Leaf"   Graffin 2:53
26. "Bad Religion"   Gurewitz 1:48
27. "Slaves"   Graffin 1:07
28. "Drastic Actions"   Gurewitz 2:31


Track notes[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review