Bad Brains (album)
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|Studio album by Bad Brains|
|Recorded||August–October 1981 at 171-A Studios in New York City; May 16, 1981 at 171-A Studios[A]|
|Genre||Hardcore punk, reggae|
|Bad Brains chronology|
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.
Reception and influence
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. 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.
Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys was quoted as saying that this album is "the best punk/hardcore album of all time". In 2008, the track "Right Brigade" was featured on the hardcore radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto 4 and was included on its soundtrack.
All songs written and composed by Bad Brains.
|2.||"Don't Need It"||1:07|
|5.||"Banned in D.C."||2:12|
|9.||"Fearless Vampire Killers"||1:07|
|11.||"Big Take Over"||2:57|
|12.||"Pay to Cum[A]"||1:25|
|14.||"I Luv I Jah[A]"||6:22|
|1997 reissue bonus track|
|16.||"Jah the Conqueror"||2:05|
- H.R. – lead vocals
- Dr. Know – guitar, backing vocals
- Darryl Jenifer – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Earl Hudson – drums, backing vocals
- 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
- "Leaving Babylon" was covered by Jesse Malin on his covers album, On Your Sleeve. 311 covered the song for their 1999 album Soundsystem. The track has also been covered by Living Colour and HIM.
- Sublime often performed Bad Brains tunes during live shows. The deluxe edition of their Sublime album contains "I Luv I Jah" as "I Love My Dog" with different lyrics. The DVD of their Everything Under the Sun also contained a live version of "Leaving Babylon".
- John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers covered "Big Takeover" on his first solo album, Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt. He also covered a short acoustic rendition of "Sailin On'" during a 1989 interview.
- "Sailin' On" was covered by No Doubt for the MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean album series. Moby covered the song for the Never Give In: A Tribute to Bad Brains (1999, Century Media) tribute album to the band. Soulfly covered the song for the special edition of their album Conquer. HIM recorded a live version of "Sailin' On" for the record Uneasy Listening Vol. 2. Hardcore punk band Sailing On is also named for the song.
- "I Luv I Jah" was covered live by Long Beach Dub Allstars in Hollywood featuring H.R. on vocals for their rare 1998 first album, LBDA & Friends.
- "Supertouch/Shitfit" was covered by Hatebreed on their covers album, For the Lions, and was sampled by experimental hip hop group Death Grips on the song "Takyon (Death Yon)" from their mixtape Exmilitary.
- "I" was covered by Mark Kozelek on his 2013 covers album, Like Rats, as a stripped down acoustic version high-lighting the lyrics.
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