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Big Audio Dynamite

After Mick Jones was fired from the Clash in 1983, he formed Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.) one year later to continue the more experimental funk elements of the Clash's Combat Rock. The group's original incarnation included Jones, video artist and Clash associate Don Letts (effects and vocals), Greg Roberts (drums), Dan Donovan (keyboards), and Leo "E-Zee Kill" Williams (bass). Adding samplers, dance tracks, and found sounds to Jones' concise pop songwriting, B.A.D. debuted on record with the single "The Bottom Line" in September 1985 and the album This Is Big Audio Dynamite later that year. "E=MC2" and "Medicine Show" became sizable hits in England, and reached the dance charts in America.

When it arrived in late 1986, Big Audio Dynamite's second album, No. 10, Upping St., boasted co-production and co-writing from Joe Strummer, Jones' former bandmate in the Clash. It was a much better fusion of contemporary production techniques with Jones' songwriting, and the two biggest singles -- "C'mon Every Beatbox" and "V. Thirteen" -- performed well both on the British pop charts and American dance charts. After a two-year break, the band returned with a less free-form work, Tighten Up, Vol. 88, but righted the ship with 1989's Megatop Phoenix, their biggest performer in America (thanks to the singles "Contact" and "James Brown").

After Megatop Phoenix, the band split apart at the end of 1989. Jones quickly added Gary Stonadge (bass/vocals), Chris Kavanagh (drums/vocals), and Nick Hawkins (guitar/vocals) to form Big Audio Dynamite II, while Letts, Williams, and Roberts formed Screaming Target and Donovan joined the Sisters of Mercy. Releasing The Globe, the first full-length album with the new lineup, in 1991, B.A.D. II experienced their greatest success yet with the American Top 40 hit "Rush." In 1994, Jones truncated the band's name to Big Audio and released Higher Power.

After Higher Power, Big Audio parted ways with Epic, signing with Radioactive in early 1995 and releasing F-Punk. The single "I Turned Out a Punk" became a college radio hit, even when it was initially released anonymously (granted, Jones' voice was immediately recognizable). That conglomeration also split shortly afterward, Jones later appearing in the production chair of notable records including the Libertines' Up the Bracket. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine and John Bush, Rovi
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Hey bob up and down on it....you're an idiot... you probably think blink 182 is punk... The Clash is , was and always will be on of the greatest bands of all time and not because RS said so ... because the masses said so... you're just an ignorant moron ... I can't even begin to relate to you... I could have a better more intelligent conversation with a doorstop...t e l l you what.. do the world a favor... go eat a heaping handful of ambian and then go play on the freeway... slap yer mama :) ML
The Clash was one of the most over rated bands of all time. They sounded like crap and their real contribution to music history is only in the minds of the dweebs and poseurs who write for Rolling Stone and those mindless sheep who believe if a song is played often, therefore it must be good. And they look like Milli Vanilli met The Village People
The Clash was one of the most over rated bands of all time. They sounded like crap and their real contribution to music history is only in the minds of the dweebs and poseurs who write for Rolling Stone and those mindless sheep who believe if a song is played often, therefore it must be good.
accord19995
BAD was such a monumental entrance into what was a disappointin g 80's sound. Strummer created a singular sound without drawing from The Clash. Pure and crisp arrangements made my college partying more enhanced. That and good, pure coke and X!
chris kavanagh later being in sigue sigue sputnik
It was the end of The Clash when Mick was forced out.BIG MISTAKE!!!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Megatop Phoenix is on of greatest albums of all time!
vic_dlg
Love
vic_dlg
Love big Audio dynamite they rock And jam and good
Mick Jones is THE CLASH
saw BAD at the roseland ballroom NYC early eighties great memory
freakin love Mick Jones...cann o t be said enough
I saw both BAD & BAD II in concert. The best concerts ever...next to the Clash!
I actually loved the variety they did. granted, it was because of the various personality mixes over the years. But love most of the lyrics and rhythms!
going to see B.A.D this wednesday in Brooklyn. Haven't been this pumped up for a show in years!!!!!!
Carn't wait till August 2011. Get to see them in Dallas..
Hey, I'm 13 and love B.A.D. that shows their still awesome
B.A.D. is still my all-time favorite. I was born the year The Clash died, and my dad had every single thing Mick Jones ever did. I fell in love with the sound and the techniques. They were pretty ahead of their time, I think.
DOES ANYONE STILL LOVE B.A.D.!?? yes I'm old but Mick Jones is still Mick Jones,great.
Found "Higher Power" for *2* dollars yesterday at the Goodwill Store, in perfect condition, and so have been playing it nonstop since, it is so perfectly suited for that and the way I listened to it originally over a decade ago (& not since). The smooth subtlety in the music & lyrics is pretty amazing to me, and I can ...understan d why it didn't go over. Mick Jones is literally crooning love songs through most of this, or crooning esoteric philosophy. Or something...
after watching the joe strummer documentary, it appeared mick wasn't fired so much as forced out by the manager who thought he could play and write. A very unsatisfacto r y decision. Kudos to Mick for persevering.
fantastic through and through -- especially medicine show
Mick Jones is a god
"C'mon Every Beatbox" is still one of the best tracks ever.
nightcrawlin g e n i g m a
hey darco6, what have you made?
they were ok for the time. not enough dance traks
tdlrtwins
One of the greatest bands ever...my humble opinion
Simply Kick A** stuff!

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