Bad Brains (album)

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Bad Brains
Bad Brains debut.jpg
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
Length 33:56
Label ROIR
Producer Jay Dublee
Bad Brains chronology
Bad Brains
Rock for Light
Alternate cover art
1989 reissue as Attitude: The ROIR Sessions
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 American hardcore punk band Bad Brains.


Bad Brains was originally released only on cassette in February 1982.

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.


In-Effect Records released a CD version, with the same track listing, titled Attitude: The ROIR Sessions in 1989.[4]

It was not until 1996 that the original release was reissued by ROIR on both CD and 12-inch vinyl disc format.


Many of the album's tracks were re-recorded for their 1983 follow-up, Rock for Light, with the exception of "Don't Need It", "The Regulator", "Jah Calling", "Leaving Babylon", "Pay to Cum", "I Luv Jah" and "Intro".

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:


Cover versions[edit]


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


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Bad Brains, Review". Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Bad Brains, Discography Reviews". Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  3. ^ Smooth_BM (August 3, 2002). "Bad Brains, Review". Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bad Brains, Releases". Retrieved May 6. 2015.
    "Bad Brains, Releases" Retrieved Mat 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "john frusciante - sailin'on (bad brains cover)". 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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