- Released: September 19, 1995
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Big Audio Dynamite: Mick Jones (vocals, guitar); Dan Donovan (vocals, keyboards); Leo "E-Zeekill" Williams (vocals, bass); Greg Roberts (vocals, drums); Don Letts (vocals, effects); Flea.
Big Audio Dynamite II: Mick Jones, Nick Hawkins (vocals, guitar); Gary Stonadge (vocals, bass); Chris Kavanagh (vocals, drums); Andre Shapps (keyboards); Mickey Custance (DJ); Flee, Davo, Darryl.
Additional personnel: Ranking Roger
Producers: Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Bill Price, Andre Shapps.
Compilation producer: Mick Jones.
After leaving the Clash, Mick Jones struck out with a surprising burst of creativity. Big Audio Dynamite's sound had punk energy, thumping hip-hop beats, and a cinematic feel, with samples from both spaghetti westerns and cult classics.
PLANET BAD... leans towards the band's early material from its first two groundbreaking albums, with cuts such as "Bottom Line," "Medicine Show," "C'mon Every Beatbox," and "Sightsee MC!" Representing its mid-period, there's the purist plea to "Just Play Music," and the celebration of Joe Normal in "Other 99." After an illness in the late 80's, Jones rebounded with a revamped line up and the sweeping commercial success of both the awkwardly charming "Rush" and the rap-flavored "Globe." Despite the inclusion of some of its spotty later material, PLANET BAD offers a comprehensive overview of the band's decade-plus long career.