New World Order: War #1 (also known as the "Noam Chomsky 7"") was a 1991 promotional 7" to protest the Persian Gulf War, released by Maximum Rock & Roll magazine.
Tim Yohannan of Maximum Rock & Roll called Brett up and said Bad Religion should do a single. Brett: "(...) that's true, that's a good idea, but I don't want people to think that Bad Religion is trying to capitalize on an issue like this. So we came up with the idea of doing a non-profit single through Maximum Rock & Roll, who is very well respected internationally, so that's how we did it."
Brett: "(...) I was appalled by (the Gulf War). I thought it was pornographic. And I thought the least I could do, since I had an audience, and since I've always strived to make my lyrics relevant, was to speak out against that...while at the same time, I tried to write a song that was general enough to serve as an anti-war song in general and not be dated."
Noam Chomsky: "Back in 1990, I got a letter from a punk rock group called Bad Religion. I liked the name. So, they asked me to talk for eight minutes about the invasion of Iraq. At that time, you couldn’t say a word about it, literally it was banned like North Korea. So I thought, okay. They sent me a tape and somebody had a tape recorder, so I took the tape and I talked for eight minutes and mailed it back to them. And in a little while they sent me a forty-five inch record with my eight minutes on one side and what they called an anti-war song on the other. I couldn’t make head or tail out of the anti-war song, so I sent it to a friend who had a fourteen year old daughter, and she sent me back a lengthy disquisition on the meaning of the song and where it fit in popular culture and so on. But I later discovered– when I give talks people wanted books signed, for years, the main thing that people wanted signed, all over the world, was that record."
The songs that Bad Religion recorded for this 7" were recorded bi-coastally. The band recorded the music for "Heaven is Falling" and sent the 24-track tape to Greg Graffin. To guide it to how they wanted it to sound, Brett sang a scratch vocal on it. Then Greg went into a studio and recorded the vocals. He then recorded with a drum machine, guitar, bass and his vocals for "Fertile Crescent" and sent the tape back. The rest of the band then recorded the music around his vocal, overdubbing Greg's recordings.
When the record was released in 1991, the Persian Gulf War was already over.
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