Yep, you heard it right. Bad Religion have made a christmas album, of traditional hymns in their own style, without a hint of irony.
It turns out that, despite not subscribing to any one religious belief, lead singer Greg Graffin was a choirboy as a youngster and actually enjoyed singing these songs during that period. Who knew? That at least explains how the band had such great vocal harmonies on their other great tracks like "21 Century Digital Boy" and "Anaesthesia" for example.
Still, I thought this was a rather odd thing for the band to do. They rail against commercialisation and secularisation of religion anyway, and of course railing against extremism in all it's forms. I think it's a bit hit and miss. It doesn't matter who records "Little Drummer Boy" I'm still not going to like it.
But I do think it's an interesting way to listen to these time honoured songs on one's own terms as opposed to having them rammed into your ears while you part with your money in shopping malls during December.
What are your thoughts? Take a listen to a sample below.