Greg Graffin & Emily





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Published on Jul 1, 2009

Bad Religion singer Greg Graffin & Emily Davis.


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Gregory Walter Graffin, Ph.D. (born November 6, 1964 in Racine, Wisconsin) is the vocalist and co-founder of the punk band Bad Religion, as well as a life sciences and paleontology lecturer at UCLA.

In 1980, at the age of fifteen, Graffin and a few high school classmates formed Bad Religion in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. After making a name for themselves in the Los Angeles punk scene, releasing two EPs and two full-length albums, they disbanded around 1985. However, Bad Religion reformed in 1986 with a new line-up, consisting of Graffin on vocals, Brett Gurewitz and Greg Hetson both on guitar, Jay Bentley on bass, and Pete Finestone on drums. In 1988, they released Suffer, which was a comeback for Bad Religion as well as a watershed for the Southern California punk sound popularized by their label Epitaph Records, which is owned by guitarist Brett Gurewitz. The reunion lineup, now considered "classic" by fans, made two more records before Finestone left the band in 1991. Despite Bad Religion's many member changes over their 25-year history, the current lineup of Graffin, Gurewitz, Greg Hetson, Brian Baker, Jay Bentley and Brooks Wackerman has remained constant since 2001.

Bad Religion has been known for its articulate and often politically charged lyrics as well as its fast-paced harmony, melody and counterpoint. Graffin and Gurewitz are the band's two main songwriters, though Graffin wrote the bulk of the material on his own for a three-album period in the late 1990s when Gurewitz left the band. After a stint with major label Atlantic Records ended in the early 2000s, Bad Religion re-signed with Epitaph and Gurewitz also rejoined. They have since co-written and recorded three records, the latest of which, New Maps of Hell, was released on July 10, 2007. Bad Religion is currently writing a new studio album to be recorded in 2009 and released in 2010.

Greg Graffin received the Harvard Secular Society's "Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism" on April 26, 2008. During the award ceremony he played some acoustic versions of Bad Religion songs as well as songs from his solo career.

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