Published Sep 28, 2010While it's hard to say exactly when is the right time to give a band their just dues, 30 years is long enough for Bad Religion to warrant at least a couple of high fives and a tribute album of their very own. So it's fitting that the band are now getting both.
Entitled Germs of Perfection: A Tribute to Bad Religion, and brought to you by Spin and MySpace, the compilation honouring the punk heroes will feature new takes on the group's classic cuts from the likes of Ted Leo and Tegan and Sara, among others. According to its press release, MySpace will announce new tracks and artists every day, save for weekends, up until the entire set is uploaded as a free download on both MySpace and Spin.com on October 19.
Without a full tracklisting available, who knows what's going to be included, but it will surely be a terrific toast to arguably the most verbose punk band in history. Seriously, have any of you "Misanthropic Anthropoids" ever sat down and read a Bad Religion lyric sheet?
Interestingly, Tegan and Sara's take on the title track to 1988's undeniably game-changing Suffer removes every double-timed drum beat and crunching power chord in favour of delicately plucked acoustics and what might very well be a lightly distorted cello, yet somehow packs in as much intensity as the original. Maybe it's how the Canuck pair still pays homage to Bad Religion's always awesome vocal harmonies.
Hear the reworked punk track, the first cut to be released off Germs of Perfection: A Tribute to Bad Religion, at Tegan and Sara's MySpace page. And while you're at it, Bad Religion's latest, The Dissent of Man, is streaming online at Exclaim.ca all while. Simply click here to have a listen.