Rush (Big Audio Dynamite II song)

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Single by Big Audio Dynamite II
from the album The Globe
Released June 1991
Recorded 1990/1991
Genre Alternative rock, alternative dance
Length 4:17
Label Columbia
656667-2 / 657640 2
Songwriter(s) Mick Jones
Producer(s) Mick Jones, Andre Shapps
Big Audio Dynamite singles chronology
(1990) Free1990
(1991) Rush1991
"The Globe"
(1991) The Globe1991

"Rush" is a song by Big Audio Dynamite II from their album The Globe. It was a number-one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in 1991, as well as topping the Australian and New Zealand singles charts.

In the UK, "Rush" was originally released as the B-side to the 1991 re-release of The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go". The A-side was immensely popular due to its inclusion in a Levi Strauss & Co. advert. This single reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. The sleeve art for the 7" and CD singles displayed the Clash on the front, and BAD II on the rear. The record label displays "Should I Stay or Should I Go" as side 'A', and "Rush" as side 'AA' making it effectively a 'double A-side' release.

A longer version of "Rush", entitled "Change of Atmosphere", had previously appeared on the group's 1990 album Kool-Aid, to little notice.

"Rush" was subsequently released as a standalone Big Audio Dynamite II single (as illustrated).[1]

The "New York City Club Version" remix of "Rush" was featured in the 1993 Mike Myers' film So I Married an Axe Murderer.

The song samples several songs including the keyboard component of The Who's song "Baba O'Riley", the organ from the introduction to the Deep Purple song "Child in Time", a drum break from Tommy Roe's "Sweet Pea", drums and guitars from a break in Pigmeat Markham's "Here Comes the Judge", a line from The Sugarhill Gang's song "Rapper's Delight" where Big Bank Hank raps "a time to laugh, a time to cry", and a vocal sample from Peter Sellers in Fred Flange's song "You Keep Me Swingin'", where Sellers talks about "rhythm and melody".

Track listing[edit]

"Should I Stay or Should I Go / Rush" – CD single[edit]

  1. "Should I Stay or Should I Go" – 3:06
  2. "Rush" – 3:58
  3. "Protex Blue" – 1:45
  4. "Rush" (Dance Mix) – 8:00

"Rush" – 7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11
  2. "Rush" (New York Remix) – 3:55

"Rush" – 12" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Rush" (New York Club Mix) – 5:50
  2. "Rush" (New York Instrumental Mix) – 5:51
  3. "Rush" (New York 12" Mix) – 7:57
  4. "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11

"Rush" – CD single[edit]

  1. "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11
  2. "Rush" (New York Club Mix) – 5:50
  3. "Rush" (New York 12" Mix) – 7:57
  4. "City Lights" (Full Length) – 7:47

Official versions[edit]

  • "Rush" – 3:58
  • "Rush" (Album Version) – 4:17
  • "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11
  • "Rush" (Dance Mix) – 8:00
  • "Rush" (New York Remix) – 3:55
  • "Rush" (New York Club Mix) – 5:50
  • "Rush" (New York Instrumental Mix) – 5:51
  • "Rush" (New York 12" Mix) – 7:57



See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  3. ^ "End of Year Charts 1992". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.

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