Megatop Phoenix

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Megatop Phoenix
Megatop Phoenix.jpg
Studio album by Big Audio Dynamite
Released 5 September 1989
Recorded 1 January 1989
Genre Alternative dance, acid house, alternative rock
Length 59:05
Label CBS
Producer Mick Jones, Bill Price
Big Audio Dynamite chronology
Tighten Up, Vol. 88
(1988)Tighten Up, Vol. 881988
Megatop Phoenix
Singles from Megatop Phoenix
  1. "James Brown" b/w "If I Were John Carpenter"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Contact" b/w "In Full Effect"
    Released: October 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Megatop Phoenix is the fourth and last studio album by the original line-up of Big Audio Dynamite, released in 1989. This was also the last album to be released under the name of Big Audio Dynamite for six years (until 1995's F-Punk).


It was produced by Mick Jones and Bill Price. It was recorded and mixed by Bill Price at Konk Studios North London, assisted by George Holt and Fintan McDonald. It was compiled at Air Studios in the West End assisted by Andy Strange and mastered by Jacko at Tape One. The cover was designed by Bullitt and Big Audio Dynamite. Photos were by Dan Donovan assisted by Mark Bromfield. In 1990 Mick Jones formed Big Audio Dynamite II with totally different members. The phoenix in the title is a reference to a near-death experience of Jones, who had nearly died of pneumonia before recording the album but successfully recovered.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Start" Big Audio Dynamite 0:14
2. "Rewind" Big Audio Dynamite 4:35
3. "All Mink & No Manners" Big Audio Dynamite 0:41
4. "Union, Jack" Jones, Letts, Williams 6:04
5. "Contact" Jones, Donovan 4:42
6. "Dragon Town" Jones, Letts, Roberts, Williams 4:46
7. "Baby, Don't Apologise" Jones, Letts 4:51
8. "Is Yours Working Yet?" Big Audio Dynamite 1:03
9. "Around the Girl in 80 Ways" Jones, Letts 3:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "James Brown" Jones, Letts 5:08
11. "Everybody Needs a Holiday" Jones, Letts 5:33
12. "Mick's a Hippie Burning" Big Audio Dynamite 2:31
13. "House Arrest" Jones, Letts, Roberts, Donovan 3:59
14. "The Green Lady" Jones, Letts, Roberts 3:43
15. "London Bridge" Jones, Letts, Roberts 3:50
16. "Stalag 123" Jones, Letts, Roberts 3:11
17. "End" Big Audio Dynamite 0:34


The album makes copious use of sampling from various musical and other sources. Many of the tracks listed are created mainly from samples. Some of the samples are identified with their source below.

According to The NME review of 2/9/1989 there are also samples of Arthur Scargill and BAD interviews.


  • Mick Jones – vocals, guitar, producer
  • Don Letts – sound effects, vocals
  • Greg Roberts – drums, vocals
  • Leo 'E-Zee-Kill' Williams – bass, vocals
  • Dan Donovan – keyboards, photography, vocals
  • Adam "Flea" Newman – sound effects
  • Bill Price – producer, engineer, mixing
  • George Holt – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Andy Strange – compilation assistant

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: Megatop Phoenix. Allmusic. Retrieved on 9 April 2010.