Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Bad Attitude

Side 1 of a mixtape, originally recorded 13th February 2002. I was too young for The Clash to be 'my' band at school, but Big Audio Dynamite were a different proposition. This Is Big Audio Dynamite is an incredible album and the 12" mixes were equally thrilling, chock-full with samples, beats and incisive lyrics. The original BAD line up - Mick Jones, Don Letts, Leo Williams, Dan Donovan and Greg Roberts - was unbeatable, but there was an added thrill when Joe Strummer reunited with Mick Jones to co-write and co-produce second album No. 10, Upping St. I never tire of listening to these records.
1) This Is Big Audio Dynamite (12" Mix By Mick Jones & Paul 'Groucho' Smykle) (1985)
2) Stone Thames (Album Version By Mick Jones) (1985)
3) V. Thirteen (Extended Remix By Mick Jones & Alan Moulder) (1986) 
4) Medicine Show (Album Version By Mick Jones) (1985)
5) The Bottom Line (12" Version By Mick Jones) (1985)
6) Sudden Impact! (Album Version By Mick Jones) (1985)
7) E=MC² (Extended Remix By Mick Jones & Paul 'Groucho' Smykle) (1985)



  1. Every song a winner. Love BAD.

    1. Thanks, Adam. Side Two coming fairly soon.

  2. Own the albums, but I have always wished for a comp of all the 12" mixes. The original vinyl twelves are tough to find in my part of the world.

    1. I collected most of the 12" singles from the first two albums, more sporadically thereafter. My friend had a Japanese import double CD The Lost Treasure Of Big Audio Dynamite I & II which is pretty good and the deluxe reissue of the debut album included a bonus CD of 12" versions, some previously unreleased. There are still plenty that haven't been released.

      I'm pretty sure Swiss Adam posted a link many years ago on Bagging Area, as I dimly recall that's how I discovered it, but there were a whole series of bootlegs on The BAD Files blog. I've looked it up and the links still seem to be live...


    2. Good to know those twelves are out there as bonus tracks. All I have heard have been excellent. Will investigate. I have a couple of remixes from the BAD II era as the singles were sold on CD and readily available, but I have a closer connection with the earlier stuff.