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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what time does the superbowl start?
@jay_bentley
32 hours ago
in retrospect, that cocaine sure did ruin a lot of good country music in the '70s
@jay_bentley
3 days ago
RT @neiltyson: “Look at that, you son of a bitch." https://t.co/tgp3nQJPiO
@jay_bentley
3 days ago
the effects of being in bad religion for 36 years are startling. let this be a lesson to all you… https://t.co/wns7xZMCe5
@jay_bentley
4 days ago
RT @Kurt_Vonnegut: The function of the artist is to make people like life better than they have before.
@jay_bentley
5 days ago
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@jay_bentley
5 days ago
So stoked about this. Welcome to Epitaph my dudes. https://t.co/fc2ed2lRSQ
@BrettGurewitz
6 days ago
It only took me 13 years to sign this amazing band. Better late than never... https://t.co/gKIDH8fVkA
@BrettGurewitz
6 days ago
Have you heard the news? @Saosin @AnthonyGreen @epitaphrecords https://t.co/l5a61VqZA9
@BrettGurewitz
6 days ago
time to get back to work... where are we practicing? what songs are we playing? where's my 5lb bag of peanut m&ms and extra medium latte?
@jay_bentley
6 days ago

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