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This US hardcore band was formed in 1980 in the suburbs of north Los Angeles, California. Their first incarnation comprised Greg Graffin (Gregory Walter Graffin III, 6 November 1964, Racine, Wisconsin, USA; vocals), Brett Gurewitz (b. 12 May 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Jay Ziskrout (drums) and Jay Bentley (b. 6 June 1964, Wichita, Kansas, USA; bass), with the name originating from their mutual distaste for organized religion. Their debut release was the poorly produced EP Bad Religion, on Epitaph Records, formed by founder member Gurewitz. Following several appearances on local compilation albums, Pete Finestone (b. 11 June 1964) took over as drummer in 1982. The milestone album How Could Hell Be Any Worse? was recorded in Hollywood, creating a fair degree of local and national interest. The subsequent Into The Unknown proved a minor disaster, disillusioning hardcore fans with the emphasis shifted to slick keyboard textures, though the record...