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Greg Graffin's biography (Bad religion singer)  Greg Graffin's biography (Bad religion singer)

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Bad faith frontman Greg Graffin single-handedly nullifies the perception that some have about punk rock being an ignorant variety of song for youngsters: he has a grasp's degree in geology and a Ph.D. in biology. First raised in south-eastern Wisconsin and then Milwaukee, Graffin relocated with his mom to la on the age of eleven, after his fogeys divorced. Keen on pop radio from an early age, Graffin was in for quite a (tradition) shock when surrounded with the aid of all the pot-smoking surfer dudes of the San Fernando Valley, who largely admired groups like Led Zeppelin. Happily for Graffin, the la punk/hardcore scene was simply starting to take form, offering him a good deal necessary option. fitting privy to bands through being attentive to scenester Rodney Bingenheimer's Rodney on the ROQ radio display, Graffin soon gravitated towards such punk businesses as the adolescents, Black Flag, and the Circle Jerks (in addition to certain new wavers -- the automobiles, Elvis Costello, and so forth.).

Come 1980, Graffin decided to give singing a are attempting, and shaped dangerous religion alongside guitarist Brett Gurewitz and bassist Jay Bentley (a bunch of other supporting musicians would come and go). no longer content material to take a seat around and look ahead to a record label to come to them, bad faith fashioned their own indie label, Epitaph, and issued such traditional L.A. punk recordings as 1981's six-tune EP dangerous faith as well as a pair of full-lengths: 1982's How might Hell Be Any Worse? And 1983's Into the Unknown. The mid-'80s saw further line-up fluctuation, as Graffin become the only usual member left for a spell; Gurewitz had to in brief retreat from the band to model out some "very own problems." Former Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson helped bolster the line-up around this time, and remained on board when Gurewitz again.

The group's ensuing recordings, of the late '80s/early '90s, are what many long-time bad religion enthusiasts believe to be the group's most beneficial -- peculiarly such titles as 1988's undergo, 1989's No control, and 1990's in opposition t the Grain. regardless of efficiently getting bad religion back to the potent punk force they as soon as had been, Graffin by hook or by crook found the time right through this busy length to earn his aforementioned M.A. at UCLA all over 1987 (geology), and three years later, a Ph.D. at Cornell (biology). Graffin and his dangerous religion mates flirted with business success all over lots of the mid- to late '90s (principally after the massive success received through a further Epitaph band, the Offspring), and even signed on with a tremendous label, Atlantic, for a spell.

In addition to his unhealthy religion duties and faculty lessons, Graffin also produced albums for other bands, together with bottom 12 (1996's Songs for the Disgruntled Postman) and Unwritten legislations (ouncesaspect). He issued a solo album beneath the alias of American Lesion (1997's American Lesion), guested on recordings with the aid of other artists (including NOFX and Joan Jett), and additionally penned articles for publications (together with an autobiography for particulars journal). Graffin launched yet another solo effort in July 2006, but this time below his own name; bloodless because the Clay hearkened returned to his familial roots, boasting a stripped-down American people sound. Launched on Anti-, the album featured contributors of the Weakerthans as his backing band.

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