21st Century (Digital Boy) (2:47)

Cover of Stranger Than Fiction

From Stranger Than Fiction and 22 other releases

“21st Century (Digital Boy)” is a song by the punk rock group Bad Religion. It was originally recorded in 1990 on their fifth full-length studio album Against the Grain and rerecorded on the 1994 album Stranger Than Fiction, the following year on the All Ages release in 1995.

Although the Against the Grain version was not released as a single, the Stranger Than Fiction version was a popular hit. The hit version was also featured on the 2002 compilation Punk Rock Songs, which was not endorsed by the band.

“21st Century (Digital Boy)” was most likely written around mid-to-late 1988, while Bad Religion began writing songs for Suffer’s follow-up. “21st Century (Digital Boy)” was intended to appear on the band’s fourth studio album, 1989’s No Control, but did not make the final cut. It is believed that this song left out because it sounded different from their faster sound. The song finally ended up on their 1990 album Against the Grain.

In 1994, Bad Religion re-recorded the song for their eighth studio album Stranger Than Fiction. Guitarist Brett Gurewitz claimed that Bad Religion re-recorded it because their then-label Atlantic Records said they didn’t “hear a single” in that album and thought the song was a hit so they asked the band to redo it.

When also asked why “21st Century (Digital Boy)” would be re-recorded for Stranger Than Fiction, bassist Jay Bentley replied:

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  • hash-ketchum

    Against the Grain version>Stranger than Fiction version

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    I love girl punk!

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheJudasMaster

    Against the Grain version is the best.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • skwidthefawks

    how is bad religion girl punk? id say that'd be blink 182 and that type of shit.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • SuperChogs

    @benberzerc, What the fuck is 'girl punk'? Clearly you are a moron.

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • tloring80

    social networks, quick ID, OHYA!

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • benberzerc

    girl punk, but okay

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • doomi878

    It's a male version of Groove Coverage's '21st Century (Digital Girl)' :P

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • asmackofham

    Ain't life a mystery [2]

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • AUFrechterGang

    Ever thought : Dead Kennedys are the real Amarican Punk... Well, Bad Religion maybe...

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Foggster

    hymn

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Tabbycat1

    I miss the Rock Show ...

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • rudegrlrude83

    WTF is right "dudewtf". Do not bash Bad Religion.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • pugpucket

    Man this song takes me back

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • xriskyrebelx

    I saw them 3 times in one year. Best show I've been to so far.

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • RockDieBudeee

    reminds me a little of their "this is just a punkrock song"

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • badr9002

    It's funny that you say that considering you have the punk rock sign as your avatar because Bad Religion are punk rock legends. This is their 30th year of existence. I love Green Day, at least their old stuff from the early 90s. But, you're right Good Charlotte sucks.

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • dudewtf512

    What is this garbage? It's bad as Green Day or Good Charolette. \m/

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    didnt they nick this title from a Sigue Sigue Sputnik track??

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • whogot

    absolute great live band, must have seen them 6 times, always a great show, couldn't believe that they opened for blink-182 at waterloo village back in '98(i think)

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
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