Back to the Known

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Back to the Known
Back to the Known cover.jpg
EP by Bad Religion
ReleasedApril 12, 1985
RecordedFebruary 1985
GenrePunk rock, hardcore punk
ProducerBrett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin
Bad Religion chronology
Into the Unknown
Back to the Known
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Back to the Known is the second EP released by American punk rock band Bad Religion. The name of the EP is a reference to the band abandoning the progressive rock influences of its previous album, 1983's Into the Unknown, and returning to its punk roots.

The album features the fan favorite, "Along The Way", which is a staple of their live show today. During a live show in the mid 1980s, they played the song twice in a row at a sped-up pace the second time.


Frontman Greg Graffin partially brought Bad Religion back together in 1984 and hired two new members, Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson (who would remain with the band until 2013) and bassist Tim Gallegos. Drummer Pete Finestone (who left in 1982) also rejoined during this time. The new line-up recorded a new EP, which had only five songs, and was just over ten minutes long. It was originally released in a 12" format, with only one side of the vinyl containing all five tracks. The A side contained no music or sound of any kind and was mirror-smooth. It was re-released as part of the 1991 compilation '80-'85, and again remastered for the 2004 reissue, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?.

There has been some confusion over when Back to the Known was released. Due to a typo on a number of internet sources and the back cover of the vinyl, many believe that the EP was released in 1984, but this appears to be false. According to a Bad Religion fan site, the EP was recorded in 1985 with then-former and now-current guitarist Brett Gurewitz producing it.[2]

No songs from this EP made it on to the band's 1995 compilation album All Ages.

Track listing[edit]

3."Bad Religion"Gurewitz2:10
4."Along the Way"Graffin1:36
5."New Leaf"Graffin2:53
Total length:10:37


  • Track 3, "Bad Religion", is a remake of the song from their 1981 self-titled EP.
  • In 2009, a fan poll cited "Along the Way" as one of the band's best songs.[3]



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Back to the Known". The Bad Religion Page. Archived from the original on July 31, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Song Tournament 2005-2006". The Bad Religion Page. Retrieved 2009-04-19.