Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Big Audio Dynamite - This Is Big Audio Dynamite (1985)


Released October 1985

Big Audio Dynamite's 1986 debut album's opener, "Medicine Show" is packed with samples, mainly from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" and an absolute killer guitar riff from founder, ex-Clash guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones. As always with Jones, there is plenty of gentle humour in his lyrics and this is clear in "Sony", about  the seemingly unstoppable Japanese technological advances of the time - “soon we’ll be known as “Great Japan”, just like they are in Great Britain” -  and "E=Mc2" with its witty references to Einstein's theory.

"The Bottom Line" is a stop-start rocker with another great riff and hook, as is "Bad". "Stone Thames", about the AIDS epidemic, the rap-influenced "A Party" and "Sudden Impact" are all of a high standard too.

Funnily enough, though, of the four great albums that Big Audio Dynamite in their original (and best) line up released, this is my least favourite. I feel they got even better after this although this was by far their most successful album.


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