Bad Brains (album)

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Bad Brains
Studio album by Bad Brains
Released February 1982
Recorded August–October 1981 at 171-A Studios in New York City; May 16, 1981 at 171-A Studios[A]
Genre Hardcore punk, reggae, alternative metal
Length 33:56
Label ROIR
Producer Jay Dublee
Bad Brains chronology
Bad Brains
Rock for Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B+)[2] 5/5 stars[3]

Bad Brains is the debut studio album recorded by the hardcore punk band Bad Brains. It was originally released on cassette only in February 1982, but was reissued by ROIR on both CD and vinyl in 1997.

Many of the album's tracks were re-recorded for their 1983 follow-up, Rock for Light. Rock for Light did not contain re-recordings of "Don't Need It", "The Regulator", "Jah Calling", "Leaving Babylon", "Pay to Cum", "I Luv Jah" and "Intro". In-Effect Records released a CD version with the same track listing titled Attitude: The ROIR Sessions in 1991.[citation needed]

Reception and influence[edit]

When the album was released in 1982, fans and critics alike were stunned to learn that the musicians behind this album – one of the fastest albums of all time upon its release – were African-American Rastafarians who also were skilled at reggae.[citation needed] The album was a crucial step in the formation of hardcore punk and the eventual fusion of hard rock and reggae adopted later by bands like Sublime, Fishbone, and 311.[citation needed]

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys was quoted as saying that this album is "the best punk/hardcore album of all time".[1] In 2008, the track "Right Brigade" was featured on the hardcore radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV and was included on its soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bad Brains. 

No. Title Length
1. "Sailin' On"   1:55
2. "Don't Need It"   1:07
3. "Attitude"   1:19
4. "The Regulator"   1:08
5. "Banned in D.C."   2:12
6. "Jah Calling[A]"   2:31
7. "Supertouch/Shitfit"   2:31
8. "Leaving Babylon"   4:10
9. "Fearless Vampire Killers"   1:07
10. "I"   2:05
11. "Big Take Over"   2:57
12. "Pay to Cum[A]"   1:25
13. "Right Brigade"   2:27
14. "I Luv I Jah[A]"   6:22
15. "Intro"   0:45
Total length:



  • Jay Dublee – producer, recording, mixing
  • Bad Brains – mixing
  • Wayne Vlcan – engineer
  • Stanley Moskowitz – mastering
  • Mir – cover art
  • Ira Karplan – liner notes
  • Donnell Gibson; Jay Jones – logo design
  • Laura Levine – photography
  • Neil Cooper – cover concept

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^^^^* Recorded live in the studio.


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Bad Brains - Bad Brains". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Bad Brains". Consumer Guide. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  3. ^ Smooth_BM (2002-08-03). "Bad Brains - Bad Brains". Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  4. ^ "john frusciante - sailin'on (bad brains cover)". YouTube. 1996-06-17. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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