Along the Way

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Along the Way
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DVD cover
Produced byMatthias Kollek and Thorsten Bach
StarringGreg Graffin
Brett Gurewitz
Jay Bentley
Greg Hetson
Pete Finestone
Music byBad Religion
CinematographyMatthias Kollek and Thorsten Bach
Edited byMatthias Kollek and Thorsten Bach
Distributed byEpitaph Records
Tribal Area
Release date
August 25th, 1990
Running time
90 min.
CountriesUnited States
Germany
LanguageEnglish

Along the Way is the first live concert DVD from punk band Bad Religion. The concert footage was taken from fourteen different European stops on their 1989 tour for the album, Suffer. It was originally released on VHS in Germany in 1990 (with a different cover) and in the United States in the following year,[1] and on DVD for the first time in 2004, coinciding with the reissues of the band's pre-Recipe for Hate albums. Both the VHS and DVD have the same cover shown on the right, which depicts Jay Bentley with his bass, while the European VHS depicts guitarist Brett Gurewitz and singer Greg Graffin singing along with each other.[2]

The format of the video consists of live concert performances interspersed with short interview clips of the band members. The live footage is mixed from fourteen different shows, and jumps between them for each different cut and camera angle. Although the video remains synchronized with the audio track, it is not uncommon for the band members shirts to appear to change many times during the same song. The concert featured no songs from the band's 1983 album Into the Unknown or No Control, although the latter album was released shortly after the European tour.

Title of the release is taken from the band's song of the same name, which appears on their 1985 long-out of print EP Back to the Known. This song was also played live at the concert.

Brett Gurewitz on his drug habit[edit]

One of the interview portions of the video poses a question to guitarist Brett Gurewitz concerning his addiction to crack cocaine and other hard drugs.

Interviewer: Brett, you have been an addict to crack. How do you think about hard drugs today?
Brett Gurewitz: Well, I don't do it anymore. I think crack is probably the worst poison that has ever been introduced to human beings. I mean, I think personally it's worse than heroin because I experimented with heroin quite a bit, and alcohol, and um, although I guess it depends on the individual.
I will say that I'm not, I don't want to sound that like I'm anti-drug, because I'm not anti-drug. I happen to be a drug addict. And when I take a drug, I can't stop. And um, or if I have a drink, I continue drinking until I black out. So, I had to stop. But, I think that part of that has to do with my, perhaps my environment, but I think a great deal of it has to do with genetic physical causes.
I think the central nervous system of a drug addict and an alcoholic is different from the central nervous system of a non-drug addict/alcoholic. And, in fact, medical studies have been done, they've done research on the spinal cord of drug addicts and alcoholics and they find genetic differences between them so there is some kind of inherited trait. So what I think is that if you can handle it and you can use it, drugs can be good. They can be good to relax the atmosphere at a party, LSD can be very good to expand your mind, you know?
I love LSD, I just don't, I just... And I don't think that LSD is an addictive drug personally, but, I had tried to stop taking crack in the past and I tried to stop drinking in the past and say, "OK, I won't drink, I'll just smoke pot" or "I won't take crack, I'll just drink" and whatever the one thing that I decided I would do, I did so much of it to compensate for not doing anything else because that's how I was. I had to stop everything, you know?
But, I think that there are people who can handle it, and I think that for the people who can handle it, it's OK. I don't think there's anything wrong with it. I just think that, um, when it comes to the point where the pain of using the things are too great than the pain of not using them, then you have to stop.

Tour[edit]

The following are the tour dates of the European Suffer Tour of 1989, where the footage was filmed.[3]

Audio from the show in Bremen was used for the live footage.[4]

NOTE: Any date with an asterisk (*) means no footage was filmed there for the documentary, according to the credits.

Date City Country Venue
August 16, 1989 Amsterdam
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Netherlands
Melkweg
August 17, 1989 Groningen Vera
August 18, 1989 Aalst
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Belgium
Netwerk*
August 19, 1989 Essen
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West Germany
Zeche Carl*
August 20, 1989 Cologne Rose Club*
August 21, 1989 Bielefeld AJZ Bielefeld
August 22, 1989 Hannover UJZ Korn
August 23, 1989 Berlin Quartier Latin
August 24, 1989 Hamburg Fabrik
August 25, 1989 Bremen Kesselhalle
August 26, 1989 Frankfurt Batschkapp
August 27, 1989 Leonberg Beatbaracke
August 28, 1989 Vienna
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Austria
Arena
August 29, 1989 St. Gallen
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Switzerland
Venue Unknown*
August 30, 1989 Pisa
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Italy
Macchia Nera*
August 31, 1989 Munich
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West Germany
Kulturstation
September 1, 1989 Kaiserslautern Kammgarn
September 2, 1989 Berlin The Loft
September 3, 1989 London
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United Kingdom
Boston Arms*

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Suffer"Graffin, Gurewitz 
2."Land Of Competition"Graffin 
3."1000 More Fools"Gurewitz 
4."Doing Time"Gurewitz 
5."Damned To Be Free"Graffin 
6."Latch Key Kids"Graffin 
7."Part II (The Numbers Game)"Gurewitz 
8."How Much Is Enough?"Gurewitz 
9."Along The Way"Graffin 
10."Do What You Want"Gurewitz 
11."Faith In God"Graffin 
12."We're Only Gonna Die"Graffin 
13."Part III"Bentley 
14."Drastic Actions"Gurewitz 
15."Delirium Of Disorder"Gurewitz 
16."You Are (The Government)"Graffin 
17."Yesterday"Graffin 
18."Forbidden Beat"Graffin, Gurewitz 
19."Voice Of God Is Government"Bentley 
20."Frogger"Hetson 
21."When?"Graffin 
22."Fuck Armageddon...This Is Hell"Graffin 
23."Give You Nothing"Graffin, Gurewitz 
24."Pessimistic Lines" (This song is not listed on the DVD insert)Graffin 
25."Best For You"Graffin 
26."Bad Religion"Gurewitz 
27."Politics"Graffin 
28."World War III"Graffin 
Total length:90:00

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Along The Way | Discography | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995". Thebrpage.net. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  2. ^ Along The Way | Discography | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995
  3. ^ 1989 - Suffer - European Tour | Tours & Shows | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995
  4. ^ 08/25/1989 - Bremen | Tours & shows | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995

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