Big Audio Dynamite

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": new wave alternative 80s british rock post-punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


After Clash guitarist Mick Jones (26 June 1955, Brixton, London, England) was fired from that band in 1983, he formed an ill-fated outfit with former Clash drummer Topper Headon, before linking up with DJ and film maker Don Letts to form Big Audio Dynamite (or B.A.D., as they were commonly known). With Jones on guitar and Letts on keyboards and effects, they completed the line-up with Dan Donovan (keyboards), son of famed photographer Terence Donovan, Leo Williams (bass) and Greg Roberts (drums). This Is Big Audio Dynamite was a natural progression from tracks such as ‘Inoculated City’ on Combat Rock, the last Clash album to feature Jones, with cut-up funk spiced with sampled sounds (the first time this technique had been used). The album included the memorable UK Top 20 hit and Nic Roeg tribute, ‘E=MC2’. The follow-up album included writing contributions from the former Clash vocalist Joe Strummer, who happened across the band while they were...

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