Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Big Audio Dynamite - Tighten Up Vol. 88 (1988)
Released June 1988
Recorded at Beethoven Studios, West London
This is possibly the most melodic and catchy of the BAD albums - some great songs on here and really appealing melodies - particularly the baleful "Other 99", the entertaining "Funny Names", "Applecart", "Mr. Walker Said", "Just Play Music" - all of these stick in one’s head for a long time.
The laid back urban reggae and lyrics about Brixton and South London landmarks on "Tighten Up, Vol 88" are really evocative for anyone who knows that area, as is the "rock meets hip hop meets reggae" tour de force that is "The Battle Of All Saints Road".
The rockabilly-influenced "Esquerita" is also fun as is "Champagne". "2000 Shoes" is, unsurprisingly, about Philippine “first lady” Imelda Marcos's passion for shoes. Again, Jones' appealing wit is highlighted in these songs.