Big Audio Dynamite

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Info and Intro

Some undoubtable un-sung heroes of music.

Big Audio Dynamite aka Big Audio Dynamite II plus Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD. They are a British musical group formed in 1984 by one time guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones.

They were noted for their effective mixing of opposing musical styles, taking in elements of Punk, Rock, Electronic Dance Music, Hip Hop, Reggae, and Funk. At this time, these styles were thought of as being anti to each other, and were individually listened to by people who would generally not get along.

BAD's constant throughout, has been their frequent shifts in membership and musical direction, plus the vocals being provided by Mick Jones. After releasing a number of very well-received albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and 1990s, they split up in 1997, then in 2011, the band set off on a reunion tour.

Albums List

1) 1985 This is Big Audio Dynamite (as 'Big Audio Dynamite')

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2) 1986 No. 10, Upping St. (as 'Big Audio Dynamite')

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3) 1988 Tighten Up Vol. 88 (as 'Big Audio Dynamite')

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4) 1989 Megatop Phoenix (as 'Big Audio Dynamite')

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5) 1990 Kool-Aid (as 'Big Audio Dynamite II')

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6) 1991 The Globe (as 'Big Audio Dynamite II')

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7) 1994 Higher Power (as 'Big Audio')

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8) 1995 F-Punk (as 'Big Audio Dynamite')

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9) 1997 Entering a New Ride (as 'Big Audio Dynamite')

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Live Album

1) 1991 Ally Pally Paradiso (as 'Big Audio Dynamite II')

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Members Name Check

Big Audio Dynamite (1984–1990, 2011–present)

  • Mick Jones – vocals and guitar
  • Don Letts – sound effects and vocals
  • Dan Donovan – keyboards
  • Leo Williams – bass
  • Greg Roberts – drums and backing vocals

Big Audio Dynamite II (1990–1993)

  • Mick Jones – vocals and guitar
  • Nick Hawkins – guitar and backing vocals
  • Gary Stonadge – bass and backing vocals
  • Chris Kavanagh – drums and backing vocals

Big Audio (1994–1995)

  • Mick Jones – vocals and guitar
  • Nick Hawkins – guitar and backing vocals
  • Gary Stonadge – bass and backing vocals
  • Chris Kavanagh – drums and backing vocals
  • Andre Shapps – keyboards
  • Michael 'Zonka' Custance – DJ, percussion and backing vocals

Big Audio Dynamite (1996–1998)

  • Mick Jones – vocals and guitar
  • Nick Hawkins – guitar
  • Andre Shapps – keyboards
  • Michael 'Zonka' Custance – Dj
  • Darryl Fulstow – bass
  • Bob Wond – drums
  • Joe Attard – Mc vocals
  • Ranking Roger – vocals