Big Audio Dynamite









Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio Dynamite

was later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and also Big Audio. It is also often just abreviated BAD. The band is a British group which was formed in 1984 by Mick Jones who was a previous member of The Clash, and played the guitar and was a vocalist with The Clash. The band was known for their different styles of music such as punk rock, dance music, hip hop, reggae, and funk. They knew how to mix it and turn it into a unique sound. Mick Jones was not only the founder of the group, he was the vocalist and was there to the end, through all of the changes and different styles of music, The other members of the group were Don Letts (sound effects and vocals), Dan Donovan (keyboard), Leo Williams (bass player), and Greg Roberts (drums and background vocal). The founders of the group were Jones and Letts. Letts was a film director and made the movie, The Punk Rock Movie, as well as various Clash music videos. He also later made the Clash documentary, Westway to the World.

The group released their debut album in 1985 called, This Is Big Audio Dynamite. In 1986 they released, No. 10 Upping St. With the reuniting of Jones for one album with the former Clash member, Joe Strummer. Joe was the co-producer of the album and also co-wrote some of the songs for the album. The band supported U2 on their 1987 world tour and then in 1988 they released , Tighten Up Vol. 88, and in 1989, Megatop Phoenix. In 1990 the group wrote and recorded the song, Free, for the soundtrack of the movie, Flashback. This was the last song written or recorded with the original group. The band split up shortly after Free was recorded. Later in 1990, Mick Jones released a debut album, Big Audio Dynamite II and released an album in the U. K. Called, Kool Aid. Dan Donovan stayed with the BAD II group for one song, which was the re-working of the track, Free, which they renamed, Kickiní In.

Mick and the new members released, The Globe, in 1991 and the band was now called Big Audio Dynamite II. The new lineup consisted of Mick, Nick Hawkins, Gary Stonadge, Chris Kavanagh, Andre Shapps, and Michael (Zonka) Custance. They released an album in 1994 called, Higher Power. They signed with Radioactive records in 1995 and released the album F-Punk, which turned out to be the least successful of them all. In 1995 the lineup became, Mick Jones, Andre Shapps, Darryl Fulstow, Bob Wond, and Ranking Rodger. They recorded their next album, Entering a New Ride but it was not released. In 2007, BAD II released a live DVD. The group had a total of 15 albums and 15 singles.