Stranger Than Fiction is the eighth full-length studio album (tenth release overall) by Bad Religion, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). It was their first album released on the major label Atlantic Records (although that label re-released the previous album, Recipe for Hate) and also last release with guitarist Brett Gurewitz, who left just prior to the 1994-1995 world tour and would return to the band seven years later.
With sales continuing fourteen years after its release, Stranger Than Fiction is widely considered Bad Religion's most successful album, due to the success of the two singles, "Infected" and "21st Century (Digital Boy)", that eventually earned airplay on radio stations, such as KROQ.
That was an ordeal! We chose the songs, but man did we fight. The songs that were left off the U.S. release were voted off by a majority. You should've seen the lobbying!
The closing track (on the US release), "21st Century (Digital Boy)", was originally recorded on Bad Religion's fifth full-length album Against the Grain, released in 1990; four years before the release of Stranger Than Fiction. Sony wanted them to release it again because they couldn't "hear a single" on this album.
Allmusic's Jack Rabid (The Big Takeover) praised this album as a "rare case of selling out in reverse" and songs such as "Leave Mine to Me," "Individual," "Tiny Voices," and "Marked", calling them "all uptempo barnburners, pulverizing in their rapid passion". He also criticizes "'Infected' and 'Television'" as "the two least effective songs of their 15 years, the former a third-rate 'Sanity'", referring to the seventh track on 1989's No Control.
|1994||Europe||CD||Sony 477343 2||Bonus Tracks|
|1994||USA||Vinyl LP||Atlantic 82658-1|
|1994||Germany||CD||Dragnet DRA 477343 6||Alternate Cover; Bonus Tracks; Collector's Edition|
|1995||Germany||CD||Dragnet DRA 477343 60||Bonus Tracks|
|02||"Leave Mine To Me"||2:07||Greg Graffin|
|03||"Stranger Than Fiction"||2:20||Brett Gurewitz|
|04||"Tiny Voices"||2:36||Greg Graffin|
|05||"The Handshake"||2:50||Greg Graffin|
|06||"Better Off Dead"||2:39||Brett Gurewitz|
|08||"Television"||2:03||Brett Gurewitz, Johnette Napolitano|
|10||"Hooray for Me..."||2:50||Brett Gurewitz|
|13||"Inner Logic"||2:58||Greg Graffin|
|14||"What It Is"||2:08||Greg Graffin|
|15||"21st Century (Digital Boy)"||2:47||Brett Gurewitz|
|16||"News from the Front"(Europe and Japan bonus track)||2:22||Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley, Bobby Schayer|
|17||"Markovian Process"(Europe and Japan bonus track)||1:29||Greg Graffin|
|18||"Leaders and Followers"(Japan only bonus track)||2:40||Greg Graffin|
|1994||The Billboard 200||87|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1994||"21st Century (Digital Boy)"||Modern Rock Tracks||11|
|1994||"Stranger Than Fiction"||Modern Rock Tracks||28|
|1995||"Infected"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||33|
|1995||"Infected"||Modern Rock Tracks||27|