Tuesday Night Music Byte
Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) were a British musical group formed in 1984 by the ex-guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones. The group were noted for their effective mixture of varied musical styles, incorporating elements of punk rock, dance music, hip hop, reggae, and funk. BAD’s one constant throughout frequent shifts in membership and musical direction was the vocals provided by Mick Jones. The group’s initial incarnation, founded by Jones and film director Letts (maker of The Punk Rock Movie, various Clash music videos, and later The Clash documentary Westway to the World), debuted with the 1985 release This Is Big Audio Dynamite. The album’s cover shows the group as a four-piece (minus Donovan); the full group is pictured on the back cover.
For 1991’s The Globe, only Jones remained from BAD, and the band was now called Big Audio Dynamite II. This new line-up, featuring two guitarists, was more “Clash-like” and, possibly as a result, often played more alternative rock-influenced music. The Globe featured the band’s most commercially successful single, “Rush” which hit #1 on the US modern rock charts. “Innocent Child” and “The Globe” were also released as singles. BAD supported U2 on their ZooTV tour and released the live ep “On The Road Live ’92”.
Tonight’s video clip is the song, “Rush.” Please enjoy.