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is the debut Bad Brains studio album recorded by the American hardcore punk band Bad Brains.
Recording [ edit ]
The album's tracks were recorded by the band and producer Jay Dublee at 171-A Studios in
New York City from August through October 1981, with the exception of "Jah Calling", " Pay to Cum" and "I Luv I Jah", which were recorded live in the studio on May 16, 1981. [4 ]
Release [ edit ]
Bad Brains was originally released by Reachout International Records (ROIR) in February 1982, only on cassette tape. [nb 1 ]
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.
The album was a crucial step in the evolution 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". [1 ]
Reissues [ edit ]
In 1989, In-Effect Records released a
CD version, with the same track listing, titled . Attitude: The ROIR Sessions [nb 2 ]
It was not until 1996 that ROIR
reissued the original release on both CD and [nb 3 ] LP. [nb 4 ]
In 2008, the track "Right Brigade" was featured on the
in-game soundtrack of , through its Grand Theft Auto IV radio station Liberty City Hardcore (LCHC).
Re-recordings [ edit ]
Many of the album's tracks were re-recorded for their 1983 follow-up,
, with the exception of "Don't Need It", "The Regulator", "Jah Calling", "Leaving Babylon", "Pay to Cum", "I Luv Jah" and "Intro". Rock for Light
Cover versions [ edit ]
"Leaving Babylon" was covered by
Jesse Malin on his covers album, ; by On Your Sleeve 311 for their 1999 album ; and live by Soundsystem Living Colour and HIM.
Sublime often performed Bad Brains tunes during live shows. The deluxe edition of their album included "I Luv I Jah", reworked with different lyrics as "I Love My Dog". The DVD of their Sublime also contained a live version of "Leaving Babylon". Everything Under the Sun
John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers covered "Big Takeover" on his first solo album, . He also covered a short acoustic rendition of "Sailin On'" during a 1989 interview. Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt [5 ] "Sailin' On" was covered by
No Doubt for the album series; by MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean Moby for the Never Give In: A Tribute to Bad Brains (1999, Century Media) tribute album; by Soulfly for the special edition of their album ; by HIM in a live version recorded for the record Conquer Uneasy Listening Vol. 2; and live by Living Colour. Hardcore punk band Sailing On were also named for the song. "I Luv I Jah" was covered live by
Long Beach Dub Allstars, featuring H.R. on vocals; it appeared on their rare 1998 first album, LBDA & Friends. "Supertouch/Shitfit" was covered by
Hatebreed on their covers album, , and was sampled by For the Lions 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, , in a stripped down acoustic version highlighting the lyrics. Like Rats "Sailin' On" was covered by
Stone Sour on their 2nd 2015 covers EP - Straight Outta Burbank...
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by Bad Brains.
"Don't Need It"
"Banned in D.C."
(live in studio) 2:31
"Fearless Vampire Killers"
"Big Take Over"
Pay to Cum" (live in studio) 1:25
"I Luv I Jah"
(live in studio) 6:22
"Jah the Conqueror"
Personnel [ edit ]
^ ROIR #A106
^ In-Effect #88561-3002-2
^ ROIR #RUSCD 8223
^ ROIR #RUSLP 8223
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]