#ThrowBackThursday Bad Religion - 'Suffer', 1988 - Epitaph Records. What a fucking record! The first of the string of legendary albums put out by the band in twelve month intervals from the late eighties to early nineties during the Graffin/Gurewitz songwriting glory years. This album really set the tone for the modern melodic punk rock sound that many people like myself still love today. It was the sound the band had hinted at, but hadn't quite mastered in their previous releases, 'Bad Religion' (EP), How Could Hell Be Any Worse' and 'Back To The Known' ('Into The Unknown' not included). The fierce opening track 'You Are (The Government)' is almost the perfect punk song, short, fast, loud and with politically and socially charged lyrics. The relentlessly fast paced drums and power chords continue in the following few tracks and it isn't until track 5, when the catchy bass riff of 'Give You Nothing' kicks in with the (only slightly) slower drum beat, that you can finally take a breath for a moment. The LP is full of other highlights such as '1000 More Fools', 'How Much Is Enough', 'Land Of Competition', 'Best For You' and 'Do What You Want'. A lot of these tracks, as well as the tile track, 'Suffer', and 'Delirium Of Disorder', still feature in BR live sets, almost 30 years after the albums release. This demonstrates the importance and longevity of Suffer's impact on the rock rock scene. 9.5/10.
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