Those who know me will not be surprised to hear that Bad Religion is my favourite band. In fact, you may be so intimately familiar with this fact that its mere mention will send you fleeing towards the proverbial fire escape (or perhaps literal fire escape - I have no idea where you are right now and how you might leave in case of conflagration, and frankly, I don't care to know). Anyway.
A big reason I am so fond of BR is lead singer Greg Graffin. As well as being a songwriter and vocalist, he's also a professor of biology at UCLA. He also just wrote a book, Anarchy Evolution. Surprisingly, he was invited on to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to chat about punk rock and his views on religion:
If this doesn't cement his rep as an elder statesman of Punk, I don't know what will.
And, in case you're wondering, the new Bad Religion Album "The Dissent of Man" is wicked good.