Suspicious Activity?

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Suspicious Activity?
The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMay 2005 at Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, England
ProducerTchad Blake, The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus chronology
Suspicious Activity?
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Suspicious Activity? is the fourth studio album by the jazz band The Bad Plus. The band had previously garnered attention for covering well-known rock songs in an "acoustic power trio" style, but Suspicious Activity? includes only one cover version: the theme to the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. Instead, the album focuses on the band's original music, including the track "O.G. (Original Gentleman)," which is a tribute to the legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones.

This would be The Bad Plus' final album for Columbia Records, as the band and the label parted ways in 2006.


Several cover versions from the Suspicious Activity? recording sessions are available on iTunes and other major online services, including Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," Queen's "We Are the Champions," and Björk's "Human Behaviour."

Extended copy protection[edit]

In November 2005, it was revealed that Sony was distributing albums with Extended Copy Protection, a controversial feature that automatically installed rootkit software on any Microsoft Windows machine upon insertion of the disc. In addition to preventing the CDs contents from being copied, it was also revealed that the software reported the users' listening habits back to Sony and also exposed the computer to malicious attacks that exploited insecure features of the rootkit software. Though Sony refused to release a list of the affected CDs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation identified Suspicious Activity? as one of the discs with the invasive software.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Prehensile Dream" (Reid Anderson) – 8:12
  2. "Anthem for the Earnest" (David King) – 6:38
  3. "Let Our Garden Grow" (Ethan Iverson) – 6:57
  4. "The Empire Strikes Backwards" (King) – 5:38
  5. "Knows the Difference" (Anderson) – 6:58
  6. "Lost of Love" (Anderson) – 8:38
  7. "Rhinoceros Is My Profession" (Anderson) – 5:44
  8. "O.G. (Original Gentleman)" (Iverson) – 6:37
  9. "(Theme from) Chariots of Fire" (Vangelis) – 4:57
  10. "Forces" (Anderson) – 7:43



  1. ^ Fricke, David (20 October 2005). "The Bad Plus: Suspicious Activity?". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Review:Suspicious Activity?". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  3. ^ von Lohmann, Fred (8 November 2005). "Are You Affected By Sony-BMG's Rootkit?". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 1 October 2009.