25th anniversary of Bad Religion’s “No Control”

This month is the 25th anniversary of the release of Bad Religion‘s fourth album No Control, which (along with its predecessor Suffer) is often considered one of the defining releases of the late 1980’s punk scene. To commemorate this anniversary, Ryan J. Downey of Redbull.com posted a lengthy column about the album, writing:

“At the tail end of punk’s first wave, Bad Religion combined the catchy, no-frills simplicity of The Ramones and the social conscience of The Clash with the sound and spirit of their LA predecessors, The Germs, and OC contemporaries, The Adolescents. Songwriters Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz were as versed in Carl Sagan as they were three-chord thrash when they perfected their melodic polemics on ‘No Control,’ released in November, 1989. There is arguably no better example of short, fast, aggressive bursts of melodic punk music than ‘No Control.’ At 300 bpms, the album speeds along with stripped-down song structures akin to early rock ‘n’ roll and thought-provoking lyrics more likely to send fans to the library than the liquor store. Twenty-five years later, ‘No Control’ sounds as vibrant, and as immediate, as ever.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

No Control was originally released on November 2nd, 1989 on Epitaph Records, and served as a follow-up to Bad Religion’s 1988 classic reunion album Suffer. By the time the album was released, Bad Religion was already becoming one of the most critically acclaimed punk bands of all time, which led No Control to sell over 60,000 copies.


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