How Could Hell Be Any Worse? [Bonus Tracks] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This 2004 version of Bad Religion's 1982 debut takes the place of 80-85, which had previously accounted for the group's earliest output. Fully remastered as Epitaph has done for a bulk of early BR releases, the set includes the first LP's full track listing, as well as the first three EPs. The expanded booklet features a full lyric sheet, reprints of the EP cover art, and a great photo collage that's as informative a scene history as any wordy liner retrospective would be. The energy in those photos of sweaty, awkward teenage kids gathering in well-lit rooms to play music and dance is correspondent to the music itself, which puts Bad Religion's initial forays toward ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This 2004 version of Bad Religion's 1982 debut takes the place of 80-85, which had previously accounted for the group's earliest output. Fully remastered as Epitaph has done for a bulk of early BR releases, the set includes the first LP's full track listing, as well as the first three EPs. The expanded booklet features a full lyric sheet, reprints of the EP cover art, and a great photo collage that's as informative a scene history as any wordy liner retrospective would be. The energy in those photos of sweaty, awkward teenage kids gathering in well-lit rooms to play music and dance is correspondent to the music itself, which puts Bad Religion's initial forays toward hardcore and punk into tense, buzzing relief. Listening to How Could Hell Be Any Worse? is like cupping your ear against the garage door of their practice space. Greg Graffin's vocal style isn't fully formed here, nor is his lyrical agenda, but the building blocks are significant and affecting, bigger than piles of collapsed cathedrals. Indeed, "Voice of God Is Government" begins with a caustic caricature of the money-grubbing preacher, who assures that donations will be used to "censor TV and radio, ban questionable books, and contribute to many other Godly services." Snotty punk then crumbles into accelerated, anthemic hardcore. The subtle "We're Only Gonna Die" opens the album; the piano and acoustic guitar midsection is a nice foil for the youthful anger in the vocal and its crackling lead guitar riff, a sound and tone that would only become more refined and powerful with consecutive '80s outings. "Fuck Armageddon...This Is Hell" is another highlight, with its tense, urgent opening instrumental section and Graffin's Southern California-centric rail against throat-choking smog. Longtime fans will love the inclusion of the early EPs, cleaned up a bit to reveal even more of the group's gritty hardcore genesis. Varying sonic signatures define the swaggering theme "Bad Religion," "Slaves," and the cynically prescient suicide meditation "Drastic Actions," which appear multiple times over the two earliest recordings. The 1984 EP's "Frogger," while not the early Bad Religion's finest moment, might be one of this collection's most important statements since its aggressive blend of rabid rat race disgust and reference contemporary to the era -- complete with tinny video game sample -- illustrates the visceral power of music made by and for youth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778670024
  • Catalog Number: 86700
  • Sales rank: 20,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We're Only Gonna Die (2:12)
  2. 2 Latch Key Kids (1:38)
  3. 3 Part III (1:48)
  4. 4 Faith in God (1:50)
  5. 5 Fuck Armageddon...This Is Hell (2:48)
  6. 6 Pity (2:00)
  7. 7 In the Night (3:25)
  8. 8 Damned to Be Free (1:58)
  9. 9 White Trash (Second Generation) (2:21)
  10. 10 American Dream (1:41)
  11. 11 Eat Your Dog (1:04)
  12. 12 Voice of God Is Goverment (2:54)
  13. 13 Oligarchy (1:01)
  14. 14 Doing Time (3:00)
  15. 15 Bad Religion (1:49)
  16. 16 Politics (1:21)
  17. 17 Sensory Overload (1:31)
  18. 18 Slaves (1:20)
  19. 19 Drastic Actions (2:36)
  20. 20 World War III (0:54)
  21. 21 Yesterday (2:39)
  22. 22 Frogger (1:19)
  23. 23 Bad Religion (2:10)
  24. 24 Along the Way (1:35)
  25. 25 New Leaf (2:53)
  26. 26 Bad Religion (1:46)
  27. 27 Slaves (1:07)
  28. 28 Drastic Actions (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bad Religion Primary Artist
Jay Bentley Bass, Group Member
Brett Gurewitz Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Pete Finestone Drums, Group Member
Greg Graffin Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Greg Hetson Guitar
Jay B. Ziskrout Drums
Tim Gallegos Bass
Technical Credits
Bad Religion Arranger, Composer, Producer
Brett Gurewitz Producer, Engineer
Greg Graffin Composer, Producer
Greg Hetson Composer
James Mankey Engineer
Stan Ross Mastering
Big Dick Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back To The Known

    Just saw Bad Religion tonight and it got me in the mood to review their classic early comp, How Could Hell Be Any Worse? This disc is a bargain for all the music you get, which is all of Bad Religion's early '80s material, sans Into The Unknown, which I have an mp3 bootleg of. Admittedly, Into The Unknown needs to be heard separately, as it is the band's most unique album for better or worse. It really doesn't need to be released again but serious fans sometimes love it. This comp instead includes the first LP, the first EP, some compilation cuts and my personal fave Bad Religion record, the Back To The Known EP. To have Bad Religion play Frogger, Along The Way or New Leaf at the show I went to would have made my night. I wish Back To The Known had been an entire LP release, but it still holds up as an invigorating return to their roots for the band, which is part of how it got it's name. Check out this album to hear the original blueprint Bad Religion would build upon in years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BAM!

    Okay, first of all, if you don't really know Bad Religion and are thinking to yourself, "hmm, which album should i buy?" then this my friends is the one. The songs are awesome. The lyrics are thought-provoking and awesome too. Just buy it and enjoy the super sweet songs like YESTERDAY and NEW LEAF.

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