Captain RappBad Times (I Can't Stand It)

Label:Becket Records – BKD 517
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Style:Electro, Disco, Boogie


ABad Times (I Can't Stand it)6:57
B1Bad Times (I Can't Stand it) (Part 2)5:34
B2Bad Times (I Can't Stand it) (Instrumental)5:50

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℗ 1983 Becket Records, Inc.

Marketed & Distributed by Becket Records, a division of I&M Teleproducts, Inc.

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): SAT 2003A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): SAT 2003B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): BKD-517-A ¢ "CYNTHIA Be The ORIGINAL F.Q.!" A-1 ↔
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): BKD-517-B "D.J. SAID IT SO IT MUST ME TRUE!!" A-1 ↔

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Bad Times (I Can't Stand It) (12", 45 RPM)Saturn RecordsSAT-2003US1983
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Bad Times (I Can't Stand It) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Limited Edition)Vogue, Becket Records311037France1983
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Bad Times (I Can't Stand It) (12", 45 RPM, Single)Becket Records, PRTBKSL 10UK1983
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Bad Times (I Can't Stand It) (12", 45 RPM, Promo)Becket RecordsBKD 517US1983
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Bad Times (I Can't Stand It) (12", 45 RPM)Saturn RecordsSAT-2003US1983



  • bigsteve0907's avatar
    Jam and Lewis cut their teeth on the underrated greats of post-disco R&B and boogie funk, with a stint doing songwriting for L.A. artists like Klymaxx and Dynasty rounding out their early portfolio in 1982. But it’s their strange brush with early L.A. rap history that stands out as a fascinating outlier in their time out West. Larry Earl Glenn recorded ‘Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It)’ under the alias Captain Rapp, following up on the recent success of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s ‘The Message’ the previous year with a more explicitly West Coast take on political rap that addressed L.A. gang culture along with its state-of-the-world despair.

    And while Jam and Lewis pulled arrangement and performing duties rather than songwriting or all-out production, there’s a glimpse into an alternate world where they leaned further into electro and old-school hip-hop to get in with the Uncle Jamm’s Army set and snatch Arthur Baker’s crown. True to Jam and Lewis’s tendency to find connections between their Midwestern roots and their Angeleno adoption, ‘Bad Times’ also found a following away from the coast – like a lot of dance-informed R&B of the time, it became a regional cult hit in Detroit
    • Media-Rite's avatar
      An amazing 1983 12" out of L.A. ~ Early socially conscious rap, along the lines of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message", but even more powerful and much rawer. Speaks on issues we all still face in the world: gang banging, murder, inner city poverty, the emerging AIDS epidemic, and much more. These issues are not exploited or glamorized for commercial appeal (like too much of what passes for hip hop nowadays) and he never takes a moralistic stand on it. He has a very God-like quality to his verses. Many lines border on the prophetic: "Weather plays havoc on the eastern states, floods, hurricanes, and you can't escape".... "doctors afraid to treat the victims of aids"... even speaks on the Pope's push for solidarity against the US invasion of El Salvador...

      All this set against a killer early Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis electro flavored track, with a beautiful hook. Sounds very modern minus the long instrumental breaks in between verses!

      This song would be a perfect 10 out of 10 to me but i have to drop it 1 point because the gated reverb effect on the vocals is way too thick, although it blends well with the production overall, it makes it difficult to catch the rapid fire rhymes.

      I don't know, sometimes when i hear some of these old school raps I almost feel like these guys were from the future. Amazing.


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