8 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Mick Jones was cast away from the Clash and Joe Strummer hung on to the group trying to recreate the glory days of 1977, Jones picked up with filmmaker Don Letts and went about further exploring the creative reaches of The Clash’s Sandinista! and Combat Rock. By incorporating dance rhythms and acknowledging the growing influence of rap music, B.A.D. were very much a part of their time in 1985 and yet in some ways still beyond much of the formulaic music that has come in its wake. “Medicine Show” is an immediate classic, with movie music samples and dialogue laced into its Dancehall grooves. “Sony” rattles along with a bold, impressionistic, polyrhythmic weave. “E=MC2” adds ‘80s synths and features ensemble vocals that blend with the spoken word clips and other found sounds. An essential document of the era.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Mick Jones was cast away from the Clash and Joe Strummer hung on to the group trying to recreate the glory days of 1977, Jones picked up with filmmaker Don Letts and went about further exploring the creative reaches of The Clash’s Sandinista! and Combat Rock. By incorporating dance rhythms and acknowledging the growing influence of rap music, B.A.D. were very much a part of their time in 1985 and yet in some ways still beyond much of the formulaic music that has come in its wake. “Medicine Show” is an immediate classic, with movie music samples and dialogue laced into its Dancehall grooves. “Sony” rattles along with a bold, impressionistic, polyrhythmic weave. “E=MC2” adds ‘80s synths and features ensemble vocals that blend with the spoken word clips and other found sounds. An essential document of the era.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Irving Stark ,

A compelling and innovative album

From the first time I dropped the cassette into my car deck, I could tell this was a groundbreaking album. "Medicine Show" was something new from Mick Jones, I expected something more rocking and, well, Clash-ish, but clearly this was meant as a break from that. That song, as well as the whole album, was the first time that I heard sampling in music. MJ is an underrated and unsung genius. In my opinion, this is the best of all the B.A.D. releases. Buy it now!

corner of kirkland ,

Relevant Then, Relevant Now!

Sounds as fresh as the day I bought it in 1985.

roshambo2007 ,

Brilliant!!

Reggae, SKA , Rap Rock.
Anyone who likes the quirkiness Mick Jones brought to the Clash, This is your album.....
their next albums are pretty good pop as well.

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