I Against I

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This article is about the Bad Brains album. For the band, see I Against I (band). For the Massive Attack song, see Special Cases.
I Against I
Studio album by Bad Brains
Released November 1986
Genre Hardcore punk, alternative metal
Length 31:53
Label SST (065)
Producer Ron Saint Germain
Bad Brains chronology
Rock for Light
(1983)
I Against I
(1986)
Live
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B−)[2]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[3]
Punknews.org 5/5 stars[4]
"I Against I" by the Bad Brains from I Against I (1986)

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I Against I is the third studio album by the American hardcore punk band Bad Brains. It was released in November 1986 through SST Records with the catalog number SST 065. The best-selling album in the band's catalog, I Against I is a critically acclaimed album that mixes American hardcore punk with funk, soul, reggae and heavy metal. It is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album featured an MTV video for the title track directed by Paul Rachman who later went on to direct the documentary feature film American Hardcore.

The title I Against I presumably refers to a common Rastafarian phrase, I and I, which is used in place of the first-person plural (i.e. we) in order to signify the union of the speaker, audience, and Jah (God) in love and peace.

The vocals to "Sacred Love" were recorded over the phone from prison, while H.R. was serving time on a marijuana distribution charge. This was due to suggestion from the producer.

There is song collaboration of Massive Attack and Mos Def with the same name, and another by Jedi Mind Tricks. Ska punk band Sublime used to cover "House of Suffering" during some of their live performances (such as the "Las Palmas theatre" show in February 17, 1995) as a follow up to their version of "5446, That's My Number".

The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after a 1980s hit song, named an episode after the song "I Against I".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Hudson, Darryl Jenifer, and Gary Miller except where noted.

  1. "Intro" (Jenifer, Miller) – 1:02
  2. "I Against I" – 2:50
  3. "House of Suffering" (P. Hudson, Miller) – 2:29
  4. "Re-Ignition" – 4:16
  5. "Secret 77" – 4:04
  6. "Let Me Help" – 2:17
  7. "She's Calling You" (P. Hudson, Jenifer) – 3:42
  8. "Sacred Love" – 3:40
  9. "Hired Gun" – 3:45
  10. "Return to Heaven" – 3:19

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1989 OOR Netherlands "The Best Albums of the 80s" 29 [5]
1995 Alternative Press United States "Top 99 Of '85 to '95" 9 [6]
1995 BigO Singapore "The 100 Best Albums from 1975 to 1995" 99 [7]
1999 Tylko Rock Poland "100 Albums that Shook Polish Rock" 39 [8]
2000 Terrorizer United Kingdom "100 Most Important Albums of the Eighties" * [9]
2002 Revolver United States "The 69 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time" 32 [10]
2003 Blender United States "500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die" * [11]
2004 Les Inrockuptibles France "50 Years of Rock'n'Roll" * [12]
2005 Robert Dimery United States "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" * [13]
2006 Gary Mulholland United Kingdom "261 Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco" * [14]
2008 VOLUME France "200 Records that Changed the World" * [15]
2008 Tom Moon United States "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die" * [16]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

In popular culture[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Bad Brains
Production

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States November 1986
United Kingdom February 1987

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Rick. "AllMusic ((( I Against I > Review )))". AllMusic. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Bad Brains". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan (February 2, 2010). Bad Brains. Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ Smooth BM (September 24, 2002). "Bad Brains - I Against I". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "OOR - The Best Albums of the 80s". OOR. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Alternative Press - Top 99 of '85 to '95". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Blender - The 100 Best Albums from 1975 to 1995". BigO. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tylko Rock - 100 Albums that Shook Polish Rock". Tylko Rock. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Terrorizer - 100 Most Important Albums of the Eighties". Terrorizer. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Revolver - The 69 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time". Revolver. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Blender - 500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die". Blender. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Les Inrockuptibles - 50 Years of Rock'n'Roll". Les Inrockuptibles. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  13. ^ Dimery, Robert. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. p. 856. 
  14. ^ "Gary Mulholland - 261 Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco". Gary Mulholland. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ "VOLUME - 200 Records that Changed the World". VOLUME. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Tom Moon - 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die". Tom Moon. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 

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