Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio Dynamite

Infobox musical artist
Name = Big Audio Dynamite

Img_capt = left to right: Leo Williams, Greg Roberts, Mick Jones, Don Letts, Dan Donovan (1986)
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Origin = London, England
Genre = Post-punk, dance, rock
Years_active = 1983–1998
Label = CBS Records, Radioactive Records
Associated_acts = London SS, The Clash, Carbon/Silicon
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Past_members = Mick Jones
Don Letts
Dan Donovan
Leo Williams
Greg Roberts
Nick Hawkins
Gary Stonadge
Chris Kavanagh
Andre Shapps
Michael 'Zonka' Custance
Darryl Fulstow
Bob Wond
Ranking Roger

Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) were a British musical group formed in 1984 by the ex-guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones. The group were noted for their effective mixture of varied musical styles, incorporating elements of punk rock, dance music, hip-hop, reggae, and funk. BAD's one constant throughout frequent shifts in membership and musical direction was the vocals provided by Mick Jones.

Big Audio Dynamite (1984 - 1990)

*Mick Jones - guitars & vocals
*Don Letts - sound effects & vocals
*Dan Donovan - keyboards
*Leo Williams - bass
*Greg Roberts - drums & background vocals

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". The album's cover shows the group as a four-piece (minus Donovan); the full group is pictured on the back cover.

1986's "No. 10, Upping St." reunited Jones for one album with former Clash band-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 released 1988's "Tighten Up, Vol. '88" and 1989's "Megatop Phoenix". "Tighten Up, Vol. '88" contained "Just Play Music!", which was the second #1 single on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks.

In 1990, the original lineup wrote and recorded the song "Free" for the soundtrack to the movie Flashback. This would be the final song written with the original lineup, as the band would dissolve shortly after.Later in 1990, Mick Jones would debut Big Audio Dynamite II and release the UK only album 'Kool-Aid'.Dan Donovan would remain in BAD II for one song, a re-working of the final BAD track "Free" renamed "Kickin' In".

Big Audio Dynamite II (1991-1993)

*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 BAD, 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 more alternative rock-influenced music. "The Globe" featured the band's most commercially successful single, "Rush" which hit #1 on the US modern rock charts."Innocent Child" and "The Globe" were also released as singles.BAD supported U2 on their ZooTV tour and released the live ep "On The Road Live '92".

Big Audio (1994)

*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,". The album wasn't as well-received as "The Globe" or previous BAD albums.

After signing with Gary Kurfirst's Radioactive Records in 1995, the band released their least successful album, "F-Punk" to date, which (despite the same personnel as "Higher Power") was credited to Big Audio Dynamite.


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

Radioactive Records refused to release the next proposed BAD album, "Entering a New Ride".Fact|date=February 2007 The line-up contained 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.

As of 2005, Jones is working on a project with Tony James (ex-member of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik) called Carbon/Silicon.

In early 2007, a BAD II live dvd was released.



Other information

*'E=MC2' features samples from the 1970 gangster film "Performance" starring James Fox and Mick Jagger [] .

*'E=MC2' has been covered live by the band Hard-Fi. On 18 May 2006 they were joined onstage by Mick Jones one song into their three song encore for their final performance of 'E=MC2'.

* Mick Jones was noted for playing a high-tech British-made guitar called the Bond Electraglide with BAD. It's worn by Mick Jones on the cover of "No. 10 Upping St."

* During the 1980s, "The Bottom Line" was used as the music for the opening credits to "Sports Sunday", a weekly sports magazine TV show shown on the Nine Network, an Australian television station.

ee also

* Dreadzone
* Sigue Sigue Sputnik (featuring Chris Kavanagh from BAD II and Jones' partner in Carbon/Silicon Tony James)

External links

* [ Unofficial site]
* [ Interview with the original lineup of Big Audio Dynamite after the release of "Megatop Phoenix"]

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