Stalag 123


Here’s something that I’ve never listened to but should have been. Big Audio Dynamite is the band Mick Jones formed after leaving The Clash. I did not know this, but they released nine albums between 1984 and 1997. I guess that being a group of ace musicians who are not particularly well-known just playing whatever the heck they want wasn’t a recipe for popular success. BAD’s music was always too restlessly diverse to really find a niche. They played some of everything, mashing genres from all over the map together. Some of their songs sound like recognizable echoes of their punk rock background, some lean into reggae, soul and funk, some incorporate hip-hop elements like sampling, and some are an experimental combination of all those things.

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