American Jesus

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"American Jesus"
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Single by Bad Religion
from the album Recipe for Hate
Released 1993
Format CD single, 12"
Genre Punk rock
Length 3:18
Label Atlantic,[1] Sympathy For The Record Industry,[2] Semaphore Records[3]
Songwriter(s) Brett Gurewitz, Greg Graffin
Producer(s) Bad Religion
Bad Religion singles chronology
"Atomic Garden"
(1992)
"American Jesus"
(1993)
"Struck a Nerve"
(1993)

"Atomic Garden"
(1992)
"American Jesus"
(1993)
"Struck a Nerve"
(1993)

"American Jesus" is the first single by Bad Religion from their 1993 album Recipe for Hate. It was their second all-time single since their signing to Atlantic Records. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam provides backing vocals on the track.[4]

Explanation[edit]

"American Jesus" takes on the idea that God favors America, rather than other countries. Greg Graffin said "During the Gulf War, George Bush said, 'We'll win, because God is on our side!'. What an amazing statement!" The song touches on antisemitism, war, and religion as an excuse.[5]

Music video[edit]

The video is entirely in sepia tone. It shows the band driving around in a car through L.A. with various civilians carrying crosses around the city with blindfolds on. The video cuts to clips of the band performing in the desert as well as Graffin walking through the city. It ends with the civilians chanting "one nation, under god" while standing in a row.

Track listing[edit]

Atlantic CD Promo[1]

  1. "American Jesus" (Radio Remix Version)

Sympathy For The Record Industry 7" Single[2]

  1. "American Jesus"
  2. "Stealth"

Semaphore Records CD Promo[3]

  1. "American Jesus"
  2. "Skyscraper"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.discogs.com/Bad-Religion-American-Jesus/release/1249522
  2. ^ a b http://www.discogs.com/Bad-Religion-American-Jesus/release/419202
  3. ^ a b http://www.discogs.com/Bad-Religion-American-Jesus/release/4919275
  4. ^ "Eddie Vedder - The Answer - The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995". Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Hate Core! | Media | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995". www.thebrpage.net. Retrieved 2017-05-06.

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