Jay and Greg had planned on The New America being the 20th anniversary album, so Jay proposed: "We have to call Brett!" If we're going to do this anniversary thing, he has to be part of it."
Brett Gurewitz: "It had been a number of years since I left the band and it had been a tough period for me, because I had slipped up and started using again. During that whole time, Greg and I had not spoken at all. Greg is the one that broke the ice and asked if I would be interested in contributing a song, so I wrote “Believe It,” which became an icebreaker."
Brett was producing Rancid (in 2000) and Bad Religion and Tod Rundgren were recording in Hawaii. They sent a CD of the track to Westbeach Recorders. During some down time of recording the Rancid record, they flew the track to a Studer 827 and Brett played the solo. He played a Les Paul through a combination of Marshall Plexi, 900, and 800. Then they recorded the track hard left and the solo hard right back to CD. Then it was sent back to Tod Rundgren.
At the time, Brett wasn’t exactly thrilled with the way things turned out. "Todd Rundgren was producing, and I don’t think his spin on it was what I would have done. I like a lot of stuff on that record, I just don’t like what happened with my song."