Info and Intro
Formed out of Washington DC in 1977, and have been widely cited as one of the pioneers of Hardcore Punk. The members of Bad Brains did object to the use of the term Hardcore Punk in description of their music.
They originally formed as a Jazz fusion act, and called themselves "Mind Power", but Bad Brains developed a very fast and intense Punk style, which came to be labeled "Hardcore", and was often played faster and more emphatically than the music of many of their peers.
Bad Brains have released nine studio albums (one of which is entirely composed of instrumental versions of their past material). The band broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers or drummers. Since 1998, the lineup of singer H.R. (Human Rights), guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson (H.R.'s younger brother) has reunited, albeit performing sporadically.
Bad Brains are followers of the Rastafari movement.
1) 1982: Bad Brains
2) 1983: Rock for Light
3) 1986: I Against I
4) 1989: Quickness
5) 1993: Rise
6) 1995: God of Love
7) 2002: I & I Survived
8) 2007: Build a Nation
9) 2012: Into the Future
Members Name Check
- H.R. — lead vocals (1978–1987, 1989–1990, 1994–1995, 1998–present), guitar (1977–1978)
- Dr. Know — guitar (1977–1995, 1998–present)
- Darryl Jenifer — bass (1977–1995, 1998–present)
- Earl Hudson — drums, percussion (1977–1987, 1989–1990, 1994–1995, 1998–present)
- Sid McCray — lead vocals (1977–1978)
- Mackie Jayson — drums, percussion (1988-1989, 1990-1993)
- Taj Singleton — lead vocals (1988–1989)
- Chuck Mosley — lead vocals (1990–1991) (Later, of Faith No More)
- Israel Joseph I — lead vocals (1991–1994, 2008)
- Chuck Treece — drums, percussion (1994)