Why is Bad Religion’s Suffer on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
Don’t suffer the fools who refuse to get enough-er of this construct of musical performances.
What does Bad Religion’s Suffer mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
A friend of mine told me back in the day that Bad Religion are the “grandfathers of Thesaurus Rock.” To get a sense of what that means, check out this line from “1000 More Fools,” off of Suffer.
“You Are (The Government)” has what I think of as the “classic” Bad Religion punk rock sound. Which is to say it’s most excellent. And at a 1:20 running time, it’s a powerhouse of punk energy and political indignation. Which is to say, the Bad Religion wheelhouse.
There’s really no wrong turns you can take on Suffer’s 15 tracks. A good example on an absolutely right turn is “Give You Nothing.” While doing research for this here best 1,000 albums ever project, I succinctly jotted down the following for “Give You Nothing”: “This song kicks ass.”
And it does.
Also, the lyrics beg for close study and admiration. Another example:
“Best For You” is endlessly catchy, another typical quality that so many Bad Religion songs possess.
Some stats & info about Bad Religion – Suffer
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Punk Rock, Rock Music, SoCal Bands, American Underground, Hardcore Punk
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 4 out of 5 stars
- When was Suffer released? 1988
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #715 out of 1,000
Bad Religion’s Suffer on Spotify
What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?
Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.
But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.