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YMMV / Bad Religion

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  • Anvilicious/Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: They have a lot of songs falling into both categories. The Empire Strikes First, in particular, tends to skew heavily towards the former.
  • Awesome Music: "Faith Alone"'s solo
  • Epic Riff: "American Jesus".
  • Face of the Band: Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans like to pretend Into the Unknown never happened. Some also ignore No Substance and The New America, or even their whole Atlantic era.
    • Into the Unknown is a funny case because its actually not a bad album, especially when you realize they're 19 years old when they wrote it. But it's not punk by any stretch, so the fans tend to view it as an aberration.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This quote from "Do What You Want": "But I'll believe in God when one and one are five". The fact that its writer, Mr. Brett, has publicly stated he's not an atheist just makes it even more hilarious.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Averted. They don't fit any type of the trope, including the new militant atheism. They say they use religion as a metaphor for anything that limits free thought or expression; even their religion rant songs aren't anti-theistic.
  • The Law of Fan Jackassery: Naturally, being a not-mainstream-but-not-totally-obscure punk band with some pretty biting political and religious commentary, they fall squarely at the peak of this.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Hi, welcome to stealth" seems to have become a big meme on omegle and 4chan.
  • Song Association: If you've ever played Crazy Taxi and The Offspring aren't running through your head, chances are a song from The Gray Race is.
    • Before copyright forced a change, "Tiny Voices" was the first song played on the popular online game Punk-O-Matic; its likely ingrained in many fans' memory.
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    • If you've played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, you've probably heard "You" many times.
  • Vindicated by History: Into the Unknown wasn't well-received by fans back in 1983. But if you look up any songs from it on YouTube now, it's not uncommon to see in the comments section either people saying it should be re-released on CD, or that the band members shouldn't be ashamed of it anymore since its actually a really good album. Some others even say that its their favorite Bad Religion album, to boot. Considering it was released in the 30 Years of Bad Religion vinyl box set, it's a maybe, but let's not hold our tongues.


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