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    Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:28:48

    Listen to Bad Religion's "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" - The proceeds will be donated to charity

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    Christmas is coming early and in punk rock style, as those icons known as Bad Religion are releasing a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on October 29. Christmas Songs features eight new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single "American Jesus" by Andy Wallace.

    Get in the holiday spirit and listen to Bad Religion's rendition of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" below.

    Bad Religion will contribute 20 percent of the proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. For more information visit snapnetwork.org.

    "This might be the most subversive album we've done," co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. "To me, what the album is indirectly stating is that this music, and thus the world, can be powerful and beautiful stripped of God and religion. These are just really good songs, and a historically non-religious band like Bad Religion can perform them with as much power and feeling as anyone."

    Vocalist Greg Graffin has a personal connection with these songs. Graffin got his start as a singer when he was young boy in a church choir. His instructors found him so remarkable that he received a scholarship to a choir school. And thus, the voice of Bad Religion was born.

    What did you think of Bad Religion's punk rock take on a holiday classic?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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