Friday, 24 June 2022

BAD RELIGION - Suffer 1988

Back With A Bang! You can say this without hesitation. After a five-year break and their foray Into The Unknown 'ProgRock' business, which was more a bummer, they returned to a somewhat mellower Rock&Roll version of their original sound with the Back To The Known EP (1985), but disbanded temporarily soon after. It was time to think and Bad Religion remembered what they can do best; writing short meaningful melodic energy Punk anthems and Suffer is the essence of it all and came out at the end of the Eighties, a time when HC/Punk was beginning to sprout and no wonder many critics praised the album as a Hardcore Milestone. Thirty-six versions of this slab confirm its popularity and my copy is the second press, I think. My review is short and sweet: I love this record, the only manko is the short playing time, but half an hour of Pogo makes you feel alive and on course again, and Greg's haunting voice pierces your body and bounces from the wall back at you. My absolute favorite is Do What You Want with its fast, dynamic, no-frills riffs and awesome lyrics, a fucking lightning strike of finest California Punkrock. Shit, why am I writing so much anyway? Buy this little fucker because you need this listening pleasure for REAL, and not those shitty uninspired digital files.


4 comments:

  1. Habe alles von ihnen bis Mitte der Neunziger) Was für eine geniale Band! Ein Muss!!

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    1. nach 'Against The Grain' wurden sie uninteressant für mich.

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  2. My nephew recently informed me that he found my cassette of Suffer in my drawer many years ago. He took it and created many new fans of Bad Religion by playing the tape for his soccer team and his other friends. It became one of his favorite albums. Mine, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. ❤️ nice story, thx for your comment

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