1997's long out of print American Lesion is the debut solo album from Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, a largely acoustic ballad departure from his punk-rock day job with a piano serving as the primary instrument. On his motivations for the record Graffin noted, "To experiment. It was a way to perform some of my more emotional songs as opposed to Bad Religion which is still emotional but on a more worldly level." And on the title he adds, "This concept relates to today's climate in our business-dominated society. You are seen as a pariah if you try to do something that isn't profitable, regardless of the emotional wellness it promotes. You become, in a sense, a lesion on the tranquil surface of prosperity that America stands for."