Bad Religion Celebrates Inauguration Day with a New Track, ‘Emancipation of the Mind’


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Punk-rock legends Bad Religion picked today, the Inauguration Day of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as the day to premiere “Emancipation of the Mind,” an outtake from their 2019 album Age of Unreason.

The track calls for “reason and open-mindedness” as the country faces a new era of government during a time of significant polarization.

“I think the song really is a celebration of enlightenment values that can be cultivated through enthusiastic learning and open-mindedness,” said Bad Religion co-songwriter and vocalist Greg Graffin. “So often we’re told what to think. But learning how to think (as opposed to learning what to think) is a true feeling of emancipation from the constraints of indoctrination that are so commonplace in our society.”

That sentiment was also expressed via the band’s social media pages:

The song features pointed lyrics such as this:

Walls of suspicion, spandrels of doubt
Spasms of uncertainty, a world all inside-out
Ubiquitous confusion, heads in the sand
Self-appointed experts making claims they can’t defend or even understand

The commons turned out to be a tragedy
Oh, the victims are easy to find
But the wellspring of true liberty is emancipation of the mind

Hey! Chains of superstition all come undone
Vivid illumination that’s brighter than the sun
A handicap of bigotry and prejudice
All becomes a hinterland, a smoky wilderness . . . the dominion of ignorance

The commons turned out to be a tragedy
Oh, the victims are easy to find
But the wellspring of true liberty is emancipation of the mind

Age of Unreason was Bad Religion’s 17th studio album to date and the follow-up to 2013’s True North. Stream it below, via Spotify.

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  • James Smitherman says:

    even their opinions suck.


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