Big Audio Dynamite

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Formed by Mick Jones after he was ousted from The Clash, he continued to develop the sound The Clash had experimented with on 'Sandinista' using breaks, dubs and the heavy use of samples.
They debuted with the 1985 release 'This is Big Audio Dynamite', followed in 1986 by 'No. 10, Upping St. (which was co-produced by his former Clash mate Joe Strummer). They supported U2 on their 1987 world tour. In 1988 'Tighten Up, Vol. 88' was released, followed in 1989 by 'Megatop Phoenix'.
The lineup from 1984 until 1990 included Mick Jones (vocals and guitar), film director Don Letts (effects and vocals), Leo Williams (bass and vocals), Greg Roberts (drums and vocals) and Dan Donovan (keyboards).
In 1990 Mick Jones changed the name to Big Audio Dynamite II (later Big Audio) and the lineup was completely changed. Greg Roberts, Leo Williams and Dan Donovan left for Dreadzone.
In 1995 Mick Jones started to use the original name again. 'F-Punk' was recorded with Nick Hawkins, Gary Stonadge, Chris Kavanagh (ex-Sigue Sigue Sputnik), Andre Shapps and Michael Custance.
With Darryl Fulstow (who replaced Gary Stonadge), Bob Wond (who replaced Chris Kavanagh) and vocalist Ranking Roger they recorded an album 'Entering A New Ride'. However the record company refused to release it, so they distributed it via download on their website in 1997, making it one of the earliest internet-releases. In 1998 BAD was disbanded but reformed in 2011 for a series of live shows.
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CBR 8596 This Is Big Audio Dynamite — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Album, Comp) CBS, CBS CBR 8596 Taiwan 1984 Sell This Version
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28AP 3206 No. 10, Upping St. — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite No. 10, Upping St. (Album) Columbia, Columbia 28AP 3206 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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FCT 44074 Tighten Up Vol. '88 — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Tighten Up Vol. '88 (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia FCT 44074 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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177.193, 1-465790 Megatop Phoenix — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Megatop Phoenix (Album) CBS 177.193, 1-465790 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
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RARD 11280 F-Punk — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite F-Punk (Album) Radioactive RARD 11280 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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none Entering A New Ride — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Entering A New Ride(18xFile, MP3, Album, 192) Not On Label (Big Audio Dynamite Self-released) none UK 1998
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Singles & EPs

650951 6 Planet Bad — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Planet Bad (Maxi) CBS 650951 6 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
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A 6591, CBSA 6591 The Bottom Line — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite The Bottom Line (Single, Maxi) CBS A 6591, CBSA 6591 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
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38-06708 Badrock City — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Badrock City Columbia 38-06708 US 1986 Sell This Version
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XPR 1301 E = MC² — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite E = MC² (Single, Maxi) CBS, CBS XPR 1301 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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44 05359, 44-05359 Medicine Show — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Medicine Show (Single, Maxi) CBS 44 05359, 44-05359 US 1985 Sell This Version
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650147 7 C'mon Every Beatbox — Big Audio Dynamite B.A.D* C'mon Every Beatbox (Single, Maxi) CBS 650147 7 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
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51.144, 51144 Sambadrome — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Sambadrome(12", Promo) CBS, CBS 51.144, 51144 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
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CAS 02697 Hollywood Boulevard — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Hollywood Boulevard(12", Promo) Columbia CAS 02697 US 1986 Sell This Version
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650951 7 V. Thirteen / Hollywood Boulevard — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite V. Thirteen / Hollywood Boulevard (Single) CBS 650951 7 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
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BAAD T3 Sightsee M.C.! — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Sightsee M.C.!(12") CBS BAAD T3 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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12CDN 353 Veracruz / The. Thirteen — Big Audio Dynamite Santana / Big Audio Dynamite Santana / Big Audio Dynamite - Veracruz / The. Thirteen(12", Promo) Columbia 12CDN 353 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
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BAAD 5 Other 99 — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Other 99 (Single) CBS, CBS BAAD 5 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
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XPR 1375 Lovesensi — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Lovesensi CBS XPR 1375 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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6516217 Just Play Music! — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Just Play Music! (Single, Maxi) CBS 6516217 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
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655311 8 James Brown — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite James Brown (Maxi, Single) Columbia 655311 8 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
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none Contact — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Contact (Single, Maxi) CBS none UK 1989 Sell This Version
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655881 6 MX253603 Free (Theme Song From Flashback) — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Free (Theme Song From Flashback) (Single) WTG Records 655881 6 MX253603 US 1990 Sell This Version
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none I Turned Out A Punk — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite I Turned Out A Punk (Single, Maxi) Radioactive none US 1995 Sell This Version
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486962 2 Big Audio Dynamite — Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite Big Audio Dynamite(CD, EP) Columbia 486962 2 Australia 1997 Sell This Version

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Hazumuchan

Hazumuchan

October 24, 2022
Big Audio Dynamite was an absolute revolution to me! A friend of my mother's got me into the band when I was a teenager. Mick and company took the sampling experiments I had listened to with Art of Noise and - along with Information Society - reframed the notion of sampling into a electronic rock/pop format. Mick Jones has never been the best singer, but his picking innovative people to work with along with his songwriting and guitar work, made B.A.D. one of the most interesting bands from the 1980's.

Personally, "Megatop Phoenix" was the magnum opus for me. It was B.A.D. at their finest, using obscure samples and blatantly ripping off bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who. If I'm remembering correctly, this album was released a few years before sampling laws became the rule of law. And boy howdy, did he explore ripping people off quite well! :-)

But that wasn't necessarily the reason why I loved B.A.D. in all their incarnations. The lyrics told stories and captured feelings of what life was like for 15-year-old me. I was an outcast and felt very alien in the rural settings I grew up in. Music like B.A.D. allowed me to feel not as alone in the world. And these songs still resonate with me today!

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