Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2 (1985)

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Mick Jones left The Clash, formed B.A.D. and released This Is Big Audio Dynamite. I remember purchasing, listening and playing it over and over. ‘E=MC2’ (and ‘Medicine Show’) gloriously blended punk, hip hop, reggae and funk, and sampled some great movie moments. In this instance, it’s Nicholas Roeg’s Performance. “I like a bit of a cavort, I don’t send ’em solicitor’s letters. I apply a bit of pressure.” “He’s an ignorant boy. An out of date boy.” All said with a strong cockney accent, of course. And unlike most ’80s music, the song has stood the test of time.

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2 thoughts on “Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2 (1985)

  1. DJ PJ says:

    Fabulous sound, solid bass, great sampling. Takes me right back as a teenager

  2. […] ‘London Calling‘ may take the top spot as a favourite Clash track, but ‘Train In Vain’ has its own space. The sound is largely influenced by Mick Jones and incorporates elements of rock, funk, reggae and new wave – much like this blog. The result is a coherent pop sound that features as a ‘secret’ and unexpected track at the end of the London Calling long player. I heard it on the radio today and smiled. Jones would revisit the blend again some years later with Big Audio Dynamite. […]

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