Bad Brains

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One of the originators of the Punk and the Hardcore Punk days

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 are also a quality Reggae band, and later recordings featured elements of things like Funk, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop and Soul.

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.

Something that made them unique, was that they played more complex rhythms than other Hardcore Punk bands, as well as their non-punk style guitar riffs and solos.

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.

Albums List

1) 1982: Bad Brains

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2) 1983: Rock for Light

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3) 1986: I Against I

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4) 1989: Quickness

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5) 1993: Rise

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6) 1995: God of Love

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7) 2002: I & I Survived

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8) 2007: Build a Nation

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9) 2012: Into the Future

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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)