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 tape 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-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.

In 2008, the track "Right Brigade" was featured on the hardcore radio station included on the in-game soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto IV.


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".

Cover versions[edit]

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:



  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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