Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Big Audio Dynamite|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Kudos to Mick Jones and his crew!
Sean King | Hartford, Connecticut | 12/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hip-hop never had it so good. Former Clash guitarist, and singer Mick Jones put together B.A.D. with its hip-hop, dance groove beats, and overdub sampling. Megatop Phoenix delivers the poppy and danceable goods with songs like "Contact", "Around the Girl In 80 Ways", "London Bridge", and "Dragon Town" If your a fan of Big Audio's early tunes like "Sightsee MC" and "Medicine Show" then this album is a shoe-in for you! Give yourself a treat, and get this CD. There's little room for disappointment!"
A Jones for Life
Hap | Austin,TX United States | 06/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here's a guy just struggling to give meaning to life; which for all intents and purposes is what Punk is, what music is, what most angst is all about..
Mick Jones, by the by, didn't quit the Clash as much as they just let him go. It was time. The magic made by Strummer and Jones was a fleeting and wonderful thing. That's how most good music is. And should be.B.A.D. is Mick Jones gleeful return from death; he had a near fatal motorcycle accident and a nasty life-threatening bout of Hepatitus (hence that "Vitamin C" song on F-Punk.) When he came back from the darkness, got out of the hospitals, got away from the sickness, he felt like dancing; hence Big Audio Dynamite. There are no B.A.D. albums that are a miserable listen, all of them have their brilliance and flashes, with old British Music Hall, Reggae, political and movie samples. All of them are full of the buoyancy of a working class Punk back from the dead. All of them have the poignance and verve of Jones' fertile imagination. I was a die-hard Clash fan (the only band that mattered) and a Sex Pistols fan back in the day. I turned out a punk. I loved Polly Styrene, the Damned, Wire, The Ramones, The Saints et.al.
But the best bands to evolve from the whole Brit-punk thing were B.A.D. and P.I.L. (interesting that both Jones and Lydon have an acronymic bent). Lydon spits his sharply intelligent barbs and Jones asks us to party; it's the yin and yang of punk. Both have given us fine stuff, groundbreaking stuff. Us old punks don't sneer at the new punks (well, not all of them, anyway), open your heart and see our scars; they're similar to yours. Now. Let's drink. Let's dance. Let's eat some damn cake. Have you ever asked yourself to the party of life?"
Aaron W. | 04/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like British flavor, linear beats, creative multi-sampling (pre-legal clampdown) and bopping your head, check this BAD CD out. Megatop Pheonix comes off in its lyrics and tone as so unabashedly pro-British you might even be tempted to join the Royal Forces. (Of course, underlying the lush Brit voices and melodies are very African-American inspired funk grooves and beats -- but then again, when is good pop music not?) From the first line of the disc, you'd swear you were dropped into the middle of World War II to fight the good fight: "The troup was weak and weary, rations running low. David took Goliath, a little rock and roll," In "Union, Jack" samples of mass crowd cheers and Churchill quotes mix in with guitar screeches and beats that rain down like Nazi bombs over London. So Jones calls to God with confidence, "Make a stand, before you fall. You're country needs you to play football." And in that special way that Brits seem to have, BAD convince you that, yes, God favors their island, "this other Eden." In "Stalag 123," the boys find themselves in a German POW camp (which Jones lightly compares to a recording studio) where they're met with the cold German soundbite: "There vill be no escape from zees camp." So they hang out with their democratic essentials, "digital toys, rizla, and Playboys." Ultimately, BAD lays out an utterly epic stage set with great beats and some very creative samples. (Samples range from heavy to light; from soldier quotes to West Side Story's "America" to Alfred Hitchcock to, yes, James Brown. (You have to sample James Brown -- it's the law. But BAD do it with an ironic twist). I don't know if the Ministry of Information could put out more convincing pro-Brit PR than this disc."