Against the Grain

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Against the Grain
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 23, 1990
RecordedMay 1990 at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California
GenrePunk rock
ProducerBad Religion
Bad Religion chronology
'No Control
Against the Grain '80–85

Against the Grain is the fifth album by American punk rock band Bad Religion, released on the Californian independent record label Epitaph Records on November 23, 1990. After the release of this album, drummer Pete Finestone left Bad Religion in 1991 to concentrate with his new project The Fishermen. Following his departure, their music would take a different direction on their next album, 1992's Generator.

Against the Grain was highly anticipated by both music critics and fans as a result of the band's success with their last two albums, Suffer and No Control.[3] Even though Against the Grain still did not break Bad Religion into mainstream audiences, it was the first 100,000 seller, and showed how quickly they were growing.

The album's 13th track, "21st Century (Digital Boy)", was re-recorded and appeared on their eighth full-length studio album Stranger Than Fiction. The Stranger Than Fiction version of that song made Bad Religion even more popular.

Track listing[change | change source]

Side one
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Modern Man"  Graffin 1:58
2. "Turn on the Light"  Gurewitz 1:24
3. "Get Off"  Graffin 1:43
4. "Blenderhead"  Gurewitz 1:12
5. "The Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking"  Bentley 0:57
6. "Anesthesia"  Gurewitz 3:04
7. "Flat Earth Society"  Gurewitz 2:23
8. "Faith Alone"  Graffin 3:40
Side two
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
9. "Entropy"  Graffin 2:24
10. "Against the Grain"  Graffin 2:09
11. "Operation Rescue"  Graffin 2:08
12. "God Song"  Graffin 1:38
13. "21st Century (Digital Boy)"  Gurewitz 2:50
14. "Misery and Famine"  Graffin 2:35
15. "Unacceptable"  Hetson, Bentley 1:44
16. "Quality or Quantity"  Graffin 1:34
17. "Walk Away"  Gurewitz 1:52

Personnel[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Against the Grain at AllMusic
  2. Robert Christgau review
  3. Johnny Loftus. "Bad Religion - Against the Grain: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 April 2014.