This is Just a Punk Rock Post\*

I feel like an unlikely punk rock fan, since I listen mostly to classical and jazz music. But I really seem to like the band Bad Religion.

Listen to them sing American Jesus, an indictment of US nationalism and sanctimonious morality.

I think the main reasons I like the band are:

  1. The up-tempo beats and catchy melodies.

  2. The intelligent lyrics. Not surprising, since the lead singer, Greg Graffin has a doctorate in evolutionary paleontology from Cornell, and teaches at UCLA. Here's an example, from Struck a Nerve:

    Every day I wander
    In negative disposition
    As I'm bombarded by superlatives
    Realizing very well that I am not alone
    Introverted
    I look to tomorrow for salvation
    But I'm thinking altruistically
    ...
    I try to close my eyes
    But I cannot ignore the stimuli


  3. The band's unabashedly liberal views. For example, in 2004 (after the onset of the Iraq war) they released an album called, "The Empire Strikes First." One song, Let Them Eat War includes the following lyrics:

    From the force to the union shops
    The war economy is making new jobs
    But the people who benefit most
    Are breaking bread with their benevolent hosts

    Who never stole from the rich to give to the poor
    All they ever gave to them was a war
    And a foreign enemy to deplore




\* With all due respect to "Punk Rock Song" on the album, "The Gray Race."

Comments:

Nice lyrics! I was not aware of this band. I will look out for their CD next time I visit a music store. Btw, the state that has benefited most from the War is Viginia due to its proximity to Defense establishments as per CNN.

Posted by Madhan on April 27, 2007 at 02:46 AM MDT #

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