"Struck a Nerve" is a song written by frontman Greg Graffin for Bad Religion's 1993 album Recipe for Hate.
This song was released as a the album's second single, but never reached any major charts. As early as around 1994, the influential L.A radio station KROQ also began to play "Struck a Nerve", and became one of the most requested songs on the station at the time, although it reached #82 on the station's countdown list of 1994. More than a decade after its release, "Struck a Nerve" has become a fan favorite and also remains one of Bad Religion's concert staples.
A video was also made for the song. It can be viewed here
Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde) also provided backing vocals on this song, mainly in the bridge.
There is a CD
single promo which does not have a cover, just a sticker on the front with dates to their US
tour in support of the then-current album Recipe for Hate
. The "Infected
" single also features a live version of "Struck a Nerve", where Graffin sings "...holding a candy cane, and it isn't quite yet Christmas", instead of "...and it isn't even Christmas".