Bad Religion May Suck, But That's a Super-Awesome Logo, Right?

I am not going to lie to you: I don't really like Bad Religion. In fact, I am an atheist, so I don't like any religion. I do like the band Bad Religion's logo, though. If you haven't seen it, it's pretty simple — just a black cross in a red circle with a red diagonal line. Just like the "no smoking" and "don't let your stupid children stand up in the shopping cart" signs. But this one I actually really like.

It even has an awesome name: "The Crossbuster."

It's a damn shame that it's the logo of a band I just don't care for. That just isn't fair to me, as a logo lover. I want to incorporate that logo into my life sooo bad, but if I were to, say, put one of the band's stickers on my car or wear one of its shirts (and, believe me, I have wanted to for years), it would be sending a message I just don't want to send. I would be, like, saying, "Hey everybody, I listen to a punk band that has stretched their career 20 years too long." I refuse.

Don't get me wrong. I don't hate Bad Religion or anything. That would imply that I even care about them. But I just don't. In fact, I couldn't care less about them. Along with Social Distortion (whom I do hate), Bad Religion has been playing the exact same song for 30 fucking years. The name of the song is "Snore."

But, hey, I'm probably the last person that should be writing about punk rock. I appreciate the original "fuck the world/anarchy" sentiment. But once a band is no longer smashing their faces with beer bottles and committing murders/suicides, it just becomes a bunch of pathetic middle-agers rehashing the same shtick over and over again. In fact, right this very second I am trying to listen to Bad Religion, just to get a little perspective. It's putting me in a really bad mood. Have you ever heard "21 Century (Digital Boy)"? Of course you have. That song is just goddamn terrible.

But I suppose that any band that still has such a huge following after being together for 30-plus years and 15 albums deserves my respect — if not my admiration. In fact, the more research I've done on them, the more respect I have. For example I didn't know that Greg Graffin, the lead singer, is the only member of the band to never have left the band. It takes moxie and a real can-do attitude to start a band and then go through 13 other members — only to end up with most of the original lineup back — and not have gone totally batshit crazy. Especially when the peak of your career (both commercially and album title-y) was 1993's Recipe for Hate, a record that peaked at number 14 on the Billboard "Heatseekers" chart.

But seriously, that album title is great. Recipe for Hate! These guys are seriously in a totally different league when it comes to logos and album names.

When it all comes down to it (and at this point of the story, it does) Bad Religion is no different from Kiss, Def Leppard, or any other band still kicking around based solely on nostalgic feelings for lost youth. You can't blame them; it's their life's work. And they have accomplished something that 99.9999 percent of the rest of the world can't even dream of: international stardom, a 30-year-long career doing something you love, and a seriously badass logo.

 
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andurilnarsil1
andurilnarsil1

BTW -  Tomorrow is national Atheists day..  April's Fools.. cuz dats what you are :)

andurilnarsil1
andurilnarsil1

BTW -  Tomorrow is national Atheists day..  April's Fools.. cuz dats what you are :)

akern64
akern64

The author of this article is really ignorant. I've written papers on bad religion songs and to group them into purely entertaining stuff like kiss further demonstrates how little research this person did about a band that has been steadily producing material since 1980. 

I'm sorry the only music you like loses its merit when "(they are)  no longer smashing their faces with beer bottles and committing murders/suicides, it just becomes a bunch of pathetic middle-agers..."- It takes all kinds I guess.  Greg Graffin holds a number advanced degrees in the natural sciences and this refined and intellectualism comes across in lyrics that I have desperately searched for anything similar to but have yet to. I feel compelled to post on this article because the band known as bad religion has been a tremendous influence on my life personally and academically and if this group of pathetic middle aged men did not exist I would be radically reduced in the art identify with on any level. I totally love when people challenge bands legitimacy to make music, but saying something "sucks" is nonconstructive, but beyond that it's trite.  


fraud79
fraud79

It's 2014 and they are still relevant.  Ironic that this article is from 2010 and there isn't anything relevant from Shawn Anderson on this site since 2011.  BR wins again. Hail Tim Timkich.

niet
niet

Fuck you and your pop shit, Bad Religion is a fucking awesome band. 


Nobody gives a fuck if you don't like their songs. You were talking about their logo deadbeat

Pile of dogshitters...


P.S- Greg Graffin is a lot smarter than you 'Shawn Anderson' at the New Times, he has a Ph. D

Homer
Homer

All this from the guy with the awesome sun and killer tribal tattoos!

Hipster_H8
Hipster_H8

Go back to jerking yourself off to Bitchfork Media reviews.

Cerosbar
Cerosbar

Have you even listened to them? Maybe just the new trendy stuff! You’re a huge idiot, maybe you don’t like music at all. Or maybe you have no intelligence. I will bash a band and try to tell people how cool the logo is??????. You are a huge idiot! Any fan of yours are also idiots and need to keep listening to talentless corporate bands that are all about the cash! Bad Religion was a backyard party band that beat the odds! Excellent, intelligent lyrics and extreemly well written music. If you have a brain and taste, Bad Religion is one of the best!.

bbal
bbal

very well written piece...... NOT!!!

Vince
Vince

This is a poorly written piece that really has no reason to exist. Shame on you, New Times. And I'm not a Bad Religion fan, either.

To twist an old adage, if the only thing you can write is a flaming heap of dog shit, don't write anything at all.

a_dude
a_dude

This is a waste of time, and the author feels like they have a few more years to go before they get their high school diploma.

Gray Race
Gray Race

WTF? Someone fired Shawn Anderson. Bad Religion is probably one of the sickest punk bands their is today. Can't wait to see them this Tuesday.

Suffer this.
Suffer this.

Worst article ever. If you knew anything about them and hated them that's one thing, but...wow.

John Dames
John Dames

wow. what a piece of crap. I seriously hope you, shawn anderson, don't have any hope of ever making a living as an author. I stumbled across the Phoenix Freetimes site from a blog. Your article caught my eye and by the time I was finished with the first paragraph my jaw had dropped open. What a trainwreck of a piece of writing.No I'm not some Bad Religion fan boy. I could give a shit about them. I just think your article is one of the worst pieces of crap I've ever read.Is Phoenix Newtimes a cute name for a 13 y/o's blog? Do you have an editor that okay'd this dumbass rambling? It really reads like something you'd find in the back of a 8th graders Algebra notebook. I know free weeklys arent the NYT, but jesus this is a terrible article.Shawn, trust me, ask to have this removed immediately, because if you have half a brain or sliver or talent, soon you won't be able to think about this article without cringing. It really is that bad.

Dennis Boyle
Dennis Boyle

this article is cool but it sucks at the same time!!!!!!!!!!i love bad religion and iron maiden and both bands have gone on for a long time.the thing i like about them is consistency.they never change.i like them because tey are always the same but different.i can always count on them to give me what i want which is bad religion and iron maiden.intelligent music from intelligent people.

 

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