When I think Bad Religion, Christian Rock is the last thing that comes to mind. Well the latest band to add to Germs Of Perfection are Switchfoot. I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of these guys and Christian Rock, generally, sucks. Regardless, I remained open minded.
The San Diego-based band are apparently known for their rowdiness, but have delivered a slowed-down, more chilled out cover here. Unlike other artists contributing to this record, Switchfoot decided to put their own spin on a more modern Bad Religion song and it turned out really well. ‘Sorrow’ is taken from 2002’s The Process Of Belief – Bad Religion’s 12th studio album. You can listen to Switchfoot’s take on ‘Sorrow’ here.
“Flaming Labias…Bubbling Chi-Chi’s…Vaginal Explosion…What were we talking about again?” – Ian Critchley
Under The Bridge returns this week with a slightly new format. We’ve tweaked it a little and have actually managed to get it down to just under an hour (before editing). Don’t worry, the same amount of banter is still there. It’s just a lot more focused. You’ll enjoy it more now, mainly because you’ll be able to listen to the whole thing without falling asleep.
This week we talked a bit about the Against Me tour cancellation, Dave Grohl vs. The Scissor Sisters and even Joe McElderry. The big talking point this episode was Lexapalooza – the all day gig in London dedicated to Lexi Burrows in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. It’s just a shame we couldn’t get this up before the gig on Saturday. We’ll talk more about how the gig went on the next show.
This week’s music was provided by, Pontefract punkers, Above Them:
. For Those Who Paved The Way
. Put Your Heart Into This
. Give It Up To Start Again
. Perfect Like Life
. Keep Smiling
Go on, have a listen
Under The Bridge – Episode 7: Love Boobs. Hate Cancer. (Right click/ctrl + click to download)
- Talk a bit about the gig/day
- Talk a bit about the cause
- Who was there? Who do we rate?
Dave Grohl Sues Scissor Sisters
- Suing the band, the venue, ticketmaster, their label and everyone else for $75million
- Listen to the interview.
New 7” Coming From Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves
- Sound Bully Recordings announced this earlier in the week
- Two new songs
- Released October 29th at The Fest 9
Fat Wreck Brining Back ‘Fat Music’ Series
- Volume 7 – Harder, Fatter + Louder is coming out on November 23rd
- Features artists such as: NOFX, The Lawrence Arms, Against Me!, Smoke Or Fire and Dillinger Four
Against Me! Cancel UK/European Tour
- Due to “unforseen circumstances”
- Crazy Arm, Fucked Up, Japanese Voyeurs trying to “salvage” some dates
- Vans night looks on track
- Everyone is gutted. Fans and bands both.
Germs Of Perfection
- We now have details on that Bad Religion tribute album.
- A new track streamed daily on MySpace
- Barlow’s Daily Feature
Joe McElderry Almost Wet Himself At A Beyonce Gig
- Spent the entire show needing a piss.
Where Can We Find You On The Internet?
- Twitter – AntBarlow
- Facebook – Anthony Barlow
- Blog – willneverearnit.tumblr.com
- Facebook – Harmonica Frank
- Blog – youmakemecringe.tumblr.com
Stuff worth mentioning
- Sundowner – We Chase The Waves album review
- Germs Of Perfection daily feature.
- Going Underground is back!
- Bad Religion – The Dissent Of Man album review
- Well Wisher EP review
- Oli Wood Interview
- Andrew Jackson Jihad Interview
- The Xcerts Album Review
- Dicking Around in London coming soon
- Follow Moon & Back on Twitter @mandbmusic
- Like us on Facebook – Facebook.com/UnderTheBridge
- Rate the podcast on iTunes
- Shout out to Matt Volp for the fantastic new artwork!
- John Berna’s Words Of Wisdom.
Guttermouth, I haven’t heard that name in a while. The last time I listened to those guys I was trying to work out the words to one of their songs. I think it was something about bullets…who knows? Well they’re the latest band to add to this wonderful Bad Religion compilation. These guys have almost been around as long as Brett Gurewitz and co.
For their contribution they’ve gone for one of Bad Religion’s early anthems, ‘Pity’. The original track was on the band’s, 1982 album, How Could Hell Be Any Worse. The same album features, the iconic, ‘We’re Only Gonna Die’ and ‘Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell’. Check out Guttermouth’s interpretation on a Bad Religion classic here.
Canada, eh? That’s where the next band to cover Bad Religion hail from. The Weakerthan’s have been compared to bands like Against Me! for their punk rock take on folk music and they’re really bloody good. Yet another band that I’ve heard of, but not heard much by. Then again, that’s what compilations like this are for aren’t they? Well, besides being a fitting tribute to one of the best punk bands going.
The guys have covered ‘Sanity’ from Bad Religion’s fourth album No Control, released in 1989. It’s a chilled out take on the classic song and, again, isn’t something I’d expect on a compilation like this. Be sure to check it out.
Don’t Pray On Me
We’ve had auto-tuned Danish punk from New Politics, the down tempo, acoustic, stylings of Tegan & Sara and now Bad Religion goes country with William Elliot Whitmore. Whitmore’s soulful, Blues infused, voice, with it’s wonderful Southern twang, may be the best and most interesting song on the album thus far. I’d go as far as saying I love it.
The Iowa-born singer/songwriter has covered ‘Don’t Pray On Me’, originally recorded for Bad Religion’s 1993 album Recipe For Hate. You can check it out here and be sure to check out William Elliot Whitmore on MySpace too.
Much like a certain Mr. Turner, Ted Leo is a punk rock troubadour. The Indiana native has provided a track for MySpace and Spin Magazine’s Bad Religion tribute album and he’s found yet another fan in me. His style is not quite that of Frank or Chuck Ragan, but is definitely working in a similar vein.
Ted has covered ‘Against The Grain’ from Bad Religon’s 1990 album of the same name. That album features tracks like ‘New Age Society’ and the original recording of 21st Century (Digital Boy)’.
You can listen to Ted’s cover here.
Yesterday I told you guys about the new Bad Religion tribute album that’s being streamed on MySpace. I’ve now decided I’ll do a daily post for each new cover, just to make sure you check out some very cool songs, covered by some very cool artists. Today we have one from a very familiar face.
Polar Bear Club’s cover of ‘Better Off Dead’ was streaming yesterday and they took the typical punk rock route with their cover. Today it’s Frank Turner’s turn and, as per usual, Britain’s premier punk rock troubadour put his own spin on his version of a classic Bad Religion track. It’s a much slower take on the song, and reminded me of his cover of Black Flag’s ‘Fix Me’. It’s different, and probably not to the taste of most hardcore Bad Religion fans, but I prefer my covers this way. If it was the same you’d just listen to the original, right?
‘My Poor Friend Me’ comes from Bad Religion’s, 1993 album, Recepie For Hate. An album which features one of the band’s most iconic songs ‘American Jesus’. If you’re not a punk fan or not really into Bad Religion, be sure to give this album a go anyway. I guarantee there’ll be something on here you like.
You can listen to the track as well as tracks from Polar Bear Club and Tegan & Sara here.