This week, I chose to do a retro-review.
Tim and I may do these occasionally. We'll try to find compilations
that should make good additions to your music collection.
One of my favorite bands in the early
80's was the Clash.
Like most 80s bands, they dissolved. Mick Jones, former lead
guitarist of the Clash,
moved on to form Big
Audio Dynamite or B.A.D.
for short. B.A.D.
became a hybrid of the current mid to late 80's sound and many emerging
styles of the time. The following is from the liner notes on the
Mick Jones went to extremes,
mixing guitar based rock with hip hop's manipulation of sound
bites, electronic effects and electrobeats. The groundbreaking
made liberal use of sampling and paved the way for many bands
combined elements of Rock, Reggae, House and Hip Hop, to create
a style all their own. There are flavors of the Clash
in the playfulness of the music. The sampling also suits these playful
roots. It is this playfulness that appeals to me most. You
will not find yourself depressed after popping it into your CD player.
first heard of B.A.D.
in the late 80's and early 90's when I was into the progressive
dance scene. I was instantly enamored to the danceable songs The
Globe and Rush. They are both clever fun mixes of all
the style mentioned in the liner notes. These two songs alone would
merit a ranking of 3 for this album. However, they've proved their
timelessness, and consequently Super
Hits by B.A.D.
deserves better than that.
I cannot give this album 5 BB&B's
either. Although I enjoy it quite a bit, and will listen to it whenever
I need a pick up, it still has some cheesy elements. But that's
OK. I like some of that occasionally. Super
Hits will make a good edition to your collection. Click on Super
Hits to here some of the songs from this album.
out of 5 BB&B's.