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Big Audio Dynamite
left to right: Leo Williams, Greg Roberts, Mick Jones, Don Letts, Dan Donovan (1986)
left to right: Leo Williams, Greg Roberts, Mick Jones, Don Letts, Dan Donovan (1986)
Background information
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Post-punk, dance, rock
Years active 1983–1998
Label(s) CBS Records, Radioactive Records
Members
Mick Jones

Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) was a British musical group formed in 1984 by the ex-guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones. The group was noted for its effective mixture of varied musical styles, incorporating elements of punk rock, dance music, hip-hop, reggae, and funk into a unique sound. BAD's one constant throughout frequent shifts in membership and musical direction was the distinct vocal style of Mick Jones. Image File history File links Big_Audio_Dynamite. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... It has been suggested that Electronic dance music be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Rock and roll. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Radioactive Records is an American record label. ... Mick Jones on stage with The Clash Michael Geoffrey Jones (born June 26, 1955) is an English guitarist and singer best known for his work as lead guitarist with The Clash. ... The Clash were an English punk rock band who were active from 1976 to 1986. ... Mick Jones on stage with The Clash Michael Geoffrey Jones (born June 26, 1955) is an English guitarist and singer best known for his work as lead guitarist with The Clash. ...

Contents

Big Audio Dynamite (1984 - 1990)

Lineup:

The group's initial incarnation, founded by Jones and film director Letts (maker of The Punk Rock Movie, various Clash music videos, and later the Clash documentary Westway to the World), debuted with the 1985 release This Is Big Audio Dynamite. Curiously, the album's cover shows the group as a four-piece (minus Donovan); the full group is pictured on the back cover. Mick Jones on stage with The Clash Michael Geoffrey Jones (born June 26, 1955) is an English guitarist and singer best known for his work as lead guitarist with The Clash. ... Don Letts is a British film director and musician. ... Dan Donovan is a British keyboardist. ... Leo Williams, also known as E-zee-kill, is a British bass guitarist. ... The Punk Rock Movie was assembled from Super 8 camera footage shot by Don Letts, the disc jockey at the Roxy club during the early days of the UK punk rock movement, between 1977 and 1979. ... A documentary film about the British punk rock band The Clash. ...


1986's No. 10, Upping St. reunited Jones for one album with former Clash-mate Joe Strummer, who was a co-producer of the album and co-writer of a number of its songs. BAD supported U2 on their 1987 world tour, then followed with 1988's Tighten Up, Vol. '88 and 1989's Megatop Phoenix. John Graham Mellor (August 21, 1952 – December 22, 2002) better known as Joe Strummer, was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash, and later The Mescaleros. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ...


Big Audio Dynamite II (1991-1993)

B.A.D. II in 1991: Nick Hawkins, Mick Jones, Gary Stonadge, Chris Kavanagh
B.A.D. II in 1991: Nick Hawkins, Mick Jones, Gary Stonadge, Chris Kavanagh
Lineup:
  • Mick Jones - guitar & vocals
  • Nick Hawkins - guitar & background vocals
  • Gary Stonadge - bass & background vocals
  • Chris Kavanagh - drums & background vocals

For 1991's The Globe, only Jones remained from the previous assemblage, and the band was now called Big Audio Dynamite II. This new line-up, featuring two guitarists, was more "Clash-like" and, possibly as a result, often played heavier, more alternative rock-influenced music. The Globe produced the band's most commercially successful single, "Rush" which hit #1 on the US modern rock charts. Image File history File links B.A.D._II.jpg From http://www. ... Image File history File links B.A.D._II.jpg From http://www. ... Nick Hawkins (b. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... Rush is a top 40 hit on radio airplay single and an MTV musical video by Big Audio Dynamite II on their one and only album The Globe and this is their the single off the album. ...


Big Audio (1994)

Lineup:
  • Mick Jones - guitar & vocals
  • Nick Hawkins - guitar & background vocals
  • Gary Stonadge - bass & background vocals
  • Chris Kavanagh - drums & background vocals
  • Andre Shapps - keyboards
  • Michael 'Zonka' Custance - DJ, percussion & background vocals

The band later recruited keyboardist Andre Shapps (co-producer of The Globe) and Michael "DJ Zonka" Custance as DJ and vocalist. Both appeared on the band's 1994 album Higher Power, which was released under the shortened name "Big Audio," which fans often called them. The album wasn't as well-received as The Globe or previous BAD albums; there was a joke going around amongst fans about the removal of "Dynamite" from the band's name (they claimed the group had "lost their ka-boom"). Higher Power is an album by Big Audio Dynamite, led by former Clash band member Mick Jones. ...


After signing with Gary Kurfirst's Radioactive Records in 1995, the band released its least successful album, F-Punk, which (despite the same personnel as Higher Power) was credited to Big Audio Dynamite. Radioactive Records is an American record label. ... F-Punk is the last officially released studio album by Mick Jones post-Clash band Big Audio Dynamite. ...


Post-1995

Lineup:
  • Mick Jones - guitar & vocals
  • Andre Shapps - keyboards
  • Darryl Fulstow - bass (1996 - 1998)
  • Bob Wond - drums (1996 - 1998)
  • Ranking Roger - vocals (1996 - 1998)

BAD found its proposed next album, Entering a New Ride, in limbo - the record company apparently refused to release it.[citation needed] Spotlighted in this new line-up was vocalist Ranking Roger (The Beat, General Public). In 1998, the band launched a new web site, primarily as a means to distribute songs from the Entering a New Ride album to the group's fans. Ranking Roger (b. ... Entering a New Ride is a downloadable album by Big Audio Dynamite, led by former Clash band member Mick Jones. ... Ranking Roger (b. ... The Beat, known in the United States as The English Beat, was an essential Two Tone ska and pop music group. ... The band General Public formed after the 1983 break-up of The Beat (see 1983 in music). ...


As of 2005, Jones is working on a project with Tony James (ex-member of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik) called Carbon/Silicon. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tony James on stage with Carbon/Silicon Tony James (born on 12 April 1958) is a British musician, best known as a bassist of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. ... Generation X was a punk rock band that was formed in 1976 by Billy Idol, Tony James and John Towe. ... Sigue Sigue Sputnik are a British Cyberpunk band who achieved moderate fame in early 1986 with the song Love Missile F1-11, which appeared in the movie Ferris Buellers Day Off. ... Carbon/Silicon (left to right): William Blake, Danny The Red, Mick Jones and Tony James Carbon/Silicon is a rock band formed in 2004 by two punk rock legends: Mick Jones of The Clash and Tony James of Generation X. Similar in many respects to Jones earlier work in Big...


Discography

Albums

Year Album UK US Additional information
1985 This is Big Audio Dynamite 27 103 as "Big Audio Dynamite"
1986 No. 10, Upping St. 11 135 as "Big Audio Dynamite"
1988 Tighten Up, Vol. 88 33 102 as "Big Audio Dynamite"
1989 Megatop Phoenix 26 85 as "Big Audio Dynamite"
1990 Flashback Movie Soundtrack 98 86 as "Big Audio Dynamite"
1990 Kool-Aid - - as "Big Audio Dynamite II"
1991 The Globe - 76 as "Big Audio Dynamite II", Gold Certified
1991 Ally Pally Paradiso - - The "Live Official Bootleg", as "Big Audio Dynamite II"
1993 The Lost Treasures of Big Audio Dynamite I & II - - double album compilation of rare 12" cuts and b-sides
1994 Higher Power - - as "Big Audio"
1995 Planet B.A.D. - - general "best of" compilation for all B.A.D. variants
1995 F-Punk - - as "Big Audio Dynamite"
1997 Entering a New Ride - - released on the Internet
1999 Super Hits - - general "best of" compilation for all B.A.D. variants

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is Big Audio Dynamite album cover This Is Big Audio Dynamite was the debut album by the 1980s band Big Audio Dynamite, lead by former Clash band member Mick Jones. ... No. ... Megatop Phoenix is the fourth and last studio album by the original line-up of Big Audio Dynamite, released in 1989. ... Flashback is a 1990 movie starring Dennis Hopper and Kiefer Sutherland. ... Kool-Aid is a British-only album by Big Audio Dynamite II. Its their first album under this name and with this line-up, which had been totally changed by the band leader Mick Jones in 1990. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... Higher Power is an album by Big Audio Dynamite, led by former Clash band member Mick Jones. ... F-Punk is the last officially released studio album by Mick Jones post-Clash band Big Audio Dynamite. ... Entering a New Ride is a downloadable album by Big Audio Dynamite, led by former Clash band member Mick Jones. ...

Chart singles

Year Song UK singles US Hot 100 US Modern Rock Album
1986 "The Bottom Line" 97 - - This Is Big Audio Dynamite
1986 "E=MC2" 11 - - This Is Big Audio Dynamite
1986 "Medicine Show" 29 - - This Is Big Audio Dynamite
1986 "C'Mon Every Beat Box" 51 - - No 10, Upping Street
1987 "V Thirteen" 47 - - No 10, Upping Street
1987 "Sightsee MC" 94 - - No 10, Upping Street
1988 "Just Play Music!" 51 - 1 Tighten Up, Vol. 88
1988 "Other 99" 81 - 13 Tighten Up, Vol. 88
1989 "James Brown" - - 2 Megatop Phoenix
1989 "Contact" 86 - 6 Megatop Phoenix
1990 "Free" - 77 22 Flashback (Soundtrack)
1991 "Rush" - 32 1 The Globe
1991 "The Globe" - 72 3 The Globe
1994 "Looking For a Song" 68 - 24 Higher Power

The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... Rush is a top 40 hit on radio airplay single and an MTV musical video by Big Audio Dynamite II on their one and only album The Globe and this is their the single off the album. ... The Globe is a top 40 hit single and an MTV musical video by Big Audio Dynamite II on their one and only album The Globe. ...

Sound clip

  • Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2 excerpt ( file info) — play in browser (beta)
    • An excerpt from E=MC2
    • Problems listening to the file? See media help.

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Trivia

  • 'E=MC2' features samples from the 1970 gangster film Performance starring James Fox and Mick Jagger and is considered the first world popular hot song to feature newly refined sampling technologies [1].
  • 'E=MC2' has been covered live a few times by the band HARD-Fi. One notable performance of this (mentioned on NME's website) was at Brixton Academy on 15 May 2006, a gig also guested by Billy Bragg and Paul Weller. No official (or bootleg) recording of this cover is known to exist at present. On 18 May 2006, at the end of HARD-Fi's record-equalling five night residency of Brixton Academy (a record matched by The Clash amongst others) they were joined onstage by Mick Jones one song into their three song encore for their final performance of 'E=MC2'.

Performance (1968) is a British film directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg. ... James Fox (born 19 May 1939) is an English actor. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer, and businessman. ... Hard-Fi are an English rock band from Staines, Surrey - a suburban location that has significantly influenced their musical style and lyrics. ... Brixton Academy The Brixton Academy is a large music venue in Brixton, South London with a capacity of 4,921. ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957), known as Billy Bragg, is an English musician renowned for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music, and his poetic lyrics dealing with political as well as romantic themes. ... Paul Weller (born John William Weller, 25 May 1958, in Stanley Road, Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Hard-Fi are an English rock band from Staines, Surrey - a suburban location that has significantly influenced their musical style and lyrics. ... Brixton Academy The Brixton Academy is a large music venue in Brixton, South London with a capacity of 4,921. ... The Clash were an English punk rock band who were active from 1976 to 1986. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... No. ...

See also

Dreadzone are a British electronic music group whose lyrics are heavily influenced by reggae. ... Sigue Sigue Sputnik are a British Cyberpunk band who achieved moderate fame in early 1986 with the song Love Missile F1-11, which appeared in the movie Ferris Buellers Day Off. ... Tony James on stage with Carbon/Silicon Tony James (born on 12 April 1958) is a British musician, best known as a bassist of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. ...

External links

  • Unofficial site
  • Interview with the original lineup of Big Audio Dynamite after the release of Megatop Phoenix

  Results from FactBites:
 
Big Audio Dynamite - definition of Big Audio Dynamite in Encyclopedia (340 words)
Big Audio Dynamite is the primary musical outlet of Mick Jones, formerly of punk pioneers The Clash.
Big Audio Dynamite (BAD, for short) was founded in 1984 with movie director Don Letts (The Punk Rock Movie, Clash videos and later the Clash documentary Westway to the World).
The first BAD album, This Is Big Audio Dynamite released a year later, is generally recognized as the first album by a major recording artist to include digital sampling techniques.
Big Audio Dynamite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (760 words)
Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) was a British rock band formed by the ex-guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones.
Big Audio Dynamite II After a complete reworking of the lineup that left Jones as the sole remaining original member he changed their name to Big Audio Dynamite II.
Jones has shuffled the line up of the group several times, and even renamed them Big Audio Dynamite II (in 1991) and Big Audio (1994), but critics argue that the band never really captured the cutting-edge promise of their debut album, with the possible exception of the 1989 release.
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