Bad Religion formed in 1979, and, yes, that's a long time ago. Long-enough ago that most of the early coverage of Greg Graffin and company appeared in zines, according to the incredibly exhaustive Bad Religion Page press archive. Here's an excerpt from a 1981 interview in Flipside, presented in its original format:
BRETT--HEY, they'd frown on that kind of stuff. (Hud and I discuss the fact that it's 2$ plus 20¢ for every check we write)
MICHELE--As long as I keep 600$ in my checking account, I don't have to pay it.
BRETT--We'd love to have 600$.
GREG--We have a bank account. we're legally a partnership.
AL--Who writes all the songs?
GREG--Brett and I write all the songs...
I know Michele wants to do the interview and she's over there talking about...
AL--What are you going to do if you don't make a million dollars in your band?
GREG--I'am going to be an inpersonator. I'll probably make a million dollars doing that!
BRETT--He does a muscleman impersonation...........
(Everyone tries to make him do it)
GREG--No way [email protected]#$(*$)@(#*@¢*#
BRETT--Hey he's quite a card, you know? He's always the life of the party.
MICHELE--How do you guys have 24 hour parties?
GREG--How do we? We don't!
Graffin was 17; Brett Gurewitz was 19.
Next: A potentially ill-advised move into prog rock.