This Is Big Audio Dynamite

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This is Big Audio Dynamite
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Studio album by Big Audio Dynamite
Released October 1985
Genre Alternative dance, post-punk, dance-punk
Length 43:09
Label Columbia
Producer Mick Jones
Big Audio Dynamite chronology
This is Big Audio Dynamite
No. 10, Upping St.
Singles from This is Big Audio Dynamite
  1. "The Bottom Line" b/w "BAD"
    Released: 1985
  2. "E=MC²" b/w "This Is Big Audio Dynamite"
    Released: March 1986
  3. "Medicine Show" b/w "A Party"
    Released: June 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Mojo 3/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[3]

This Is Big Audio Dynamite was the debut album by Big Audio Dynamite, led by former Clash band member Mick Jones. It was released in 1985, and reached No. 27 in the UK and No. 103 in the US.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Mick Jones and Don Letts; except as indicated.
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Medicine Show" 6:29
2. "Sony" 4:30
3. "E=MC²" 5:54
4. "The Bottom Line" (written by Mick Jones) 4:35
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "A Party" 6:40
6. "Sudden Impact!" 5:03
7. "Stone Thames" 4:05
8. "BAD" 5:54
Legacy Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Medicine Show (12-inch Remix)" 7:10
2. "Sony Dub" 4:15
3. "E=MC2 (12-Inch Remix)" 6:31
4. "The Bottom Line (12-inch Remix, Edit Version)" 7:20
5. "A Party Dub" 7:01
6. "Sudden Impact (12-Inch Mix)" 6:07
7. "Stone Thames (12-Inch Mix)" 6:18
8. "BAD (Vocoder Version)" 6:28
9. "Electric Vandal" 3:22
10. "Albert Einstein Meets The Human Beatbox" 5:35
11. "BAD (US-12-Inch Remix)" 6:16
12. "This Is Big Audio Dynamite" (7-Inch Non LP B-Side) 3:44


  • Adam "Flea" Newman - noises "dynamite"
  • Paul "Groucho" Smykle - engineer
  • Johnny Shinas, Renny Hill - assistant engineer
  • Dan Donovan - sleeve artwork, photography

Samples used on the album[edit]

Medicine Show

Sampled liberally throughout this song are sound bites from four motion pictures, three of them Spaghetti Westerns. This list is based on order of appearance.

  • "Get three coffins ready." (Clint Eastwood from A Fistful of Dollars)
  • "Who the hell is that? One bastard goes in and another comes out....I'm innocent of everything!" (Eli Wallach from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
  • "You makin' some kinda joke?" (A Fistful of Dollars)
  • "I don't think it's nice, you laughin'." (Eastwood from A Fistful of Dollars)
  • "Wanted in fourteen counties of this State, the condemned is found guilty of crimes of murder, armed robbery of citizens, state banks and post offices, the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison, perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children, inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion, receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit money, and contrary to the laws of this State, the condemned is guilty of using marked cards...Therefore, according to the powers vested in us, we sentence the accused before us, Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez ('Known as The Rat') and any other aliases he might have, to hang by the neck until dead. May God have mercy on his soul. Proceed." (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; "Known as The Rat" was uttered by Eastwood.)
  • Ennio Morricone's main theme to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
  • "Duck, you sucker!" (James Coburn from Duck, You Sucker!)
  • "I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!" (Alfonso Bedoya from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre)
  • Laughter from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.[4]




  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: This is Big Audio Dynamite. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-04-09.
  2. ^ Ian Harrison Mojo, June 2010.
  3. ^ Fairall, Jer. Review: This is Big Audio Dynamite. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  4. ^ This Is Big Audio Dynamite –