November 30, 2013

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz on Songwriting, the Rise of Punk, and Making Christmas Music

When Brett Gurewitz and his high school friends Greg Graffin, Jay Bentley and Jay Ziskrout joined up in 1979 to form the punk band Bad Religion, their biggest dream was to maybe play a backyard party.

Over thirty years later, Brett continues to play guitar and write for Bad Religion and has owned the thriving Epitaph Records label for almost as long. Still busy producing music, Bad Religion released their album True North in January and just put out their first holiday-themed album, Christmas Songs. However, it was a long journey between time spent playing in a garage and their days routinely selling out stadiums.

The band's first shot at mainstream success came in 1994 with Stranger Than Fiction, which featured the singles Infected and 21st Century (Digital Boy).

This week, Brett talks to guest host Jordan Morris about musical influences (from The Adolescents to Elton John), what money often means for punk music, and creating the sound of a Christmas album.

LISTEN HERE: Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz on Songwriting, the Rise of Punk, and Making Christmas Music

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A seriously great session - these kids can really sing and play. https://t.co/jPHV097hvg
@BrettGurewitz
87 mins ago
The new wrecking crew. Nashville a la Silverlake. @JonnyTwoBags @TikiParlour @BigBadSoundla https://t.co/7zCde8Xcsp
@DoctorGraffin
7 hours ago
above: talking to your friends about politics. below: talking to your friends about getting wasted. pic @dave_raun https://t.co/kT2ZmRNHyN
@jay_bentley
14 hours ago
RT @arnomac: A day with Brett gurwitz and Greg Graffin in silverlake
@DoctorGraffin
23 hours ago
RT @arnomac: Young guns! https://t.co/cJNUjLauNX
@DoctorGraffin
23 hours ago
Just a glimpse of progress. https://t.co/4BGaV5tvG9
@DoctorGraffin
28 hours ago
What a team. The greatest I've ever worked with. https://t.co/yw5mm5siOY
@DoctorGraffin
28 hours ago
The best in vocal excellence. @valliep @Arnomac @bigbadsoundla https://t.co/xbU8bLSWmr
@DoctorGraffin
30 hours ago
the clam before the storm... gimmes. munich. ausverkauft. @ Backstage München https://t.co/rFjFMFmR1r
@jay_bentley
33 hours ago
meanwhile, we're out here in europe fanning the flames with a 100 gallons of gas... me first and the gimme gimmes https://t.co/aolCwLZGZC
@jay_bentley
40 hours ago

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