TL; DR Haiku Summary:
“Classic punk-rock songs, like a rock, like a planet, it stays relevant”
For my first R&R Rehash post on this site, I present to you: Generator by Bad Religion.
This is one of my favorite BR albums from top to bottom. I know, I know: No Control, Suffer, Against the Grain etc. All great choices from the original Epitaph records era and I wouldn’t fault you for overlooking Generator. But seriously, it deserves more love than it gets if only for more appreciation for Atomic Garden, the title track or the Answer.
Speaking of the Answer, find me a better song about man/woman-kinds’ existential need to find an answer to the meaning of life. Find me a better song that takes on this issue and juxtaposes it with our destruction of this planet in less than 3 and 1/2 minutes…I’ll wait…
It may not be 1992 anymore, but BR’s particular brand of political alarmism still rings true in 2017. In fact, now that we are living an absurdist remake of 1984 that George Orwell would find a bit much, it couldn’t be more important. With the sad! decline leadership in the United States, handwringing about George Bush or Ronald Reagan seems almost quaint. Nevertheless, if you like punk-rock music, if you are into intelligence and social awareness, this album should be in your collection digital or otherwise.
Nevertheless, if you like punk-rock music, if you are into intelligence and social awareness or just if you aren’t a fascist jerk, this album should be in your collection digital or otherwise.
On a more personal note: For me, nothing brings back college quite like this album (shout out to UC Davis). I remember torturing my suite mates (a few decades back now) with my punk-rock and hardcore music collection (I was the worst). Although I mostly failed in converting them, this is the album that most of them copied (or bought) for their own private consumption.