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Big Audio Dynamite

Band, 1984-1997 GB
Rock and Electronic
A.k.a. Big Audio Dynamite II

Formed by Mick Jones after he was ousted from The Clash, he continued to develop the sound The Clash had experimented with on 'Sandinista' using breaks, dubs and the heavy use of samples. The debuted with the 1985 release 'This is Big Audio Dynamite', followed in 1986 by 'No. 10, Upping St. (which was co-produced by his former Clash mate Joe Strummer). They supported U2 on their 1987 world tour. In 1988 'Tighten Up, Vol. 88' was released, followed in 1989 by 'Megatop Phoenix'. The lineup from 1984 until 1990 included Mick Jones (vocals and guitar), film director Don Letts (effects and vocals), Leo Williams (bass and vocals), Greg Roberts (drums and vocals) and Dan Donovan (keyboards). In 1990 Mick Jones changed the name to Big Audio Dynamite II (later Big Audio) and the lineup was completely changed. Greg Roberts, Leo Williams and Dan Donovan left for Dreadzone. In 1995 Mick Jones started to use the original name again. 'F-Punk' was recorded with Nick Hawkins, Gary Stonadge, Chris Kavanagh (ex-Sigue Sigue Sputnik), Andre Shapps and Michael Custance. With Darryl Fulstow (who replaced Gary Stonadge), Bob Wond (who replaced Chris Kavanagh) and vocalist Ranking Roger they recorded an album 'Entering A New Ride'. However the record company refused to release it, so they distributed it via download on their website in 1997, making it one of the earliest internet-releases. In 1998 BAD was disbanded but reformed in 2011 for a series of live shows.

PortraitDan Donovan
key, voc *1962
Michael Custance
voc, ttbl
PortraitMick Jones
g, voc *1955 GB
PortraitGreg Roberts
dr, voc *1958 GB
PortraitDon Letts
voc *1956 GB
PortraitLeo Williams
voc, b *1959 GB
PortraitNick Hawkins
g, voc 1965-2005 GB
PortraitGary Stonadge
voc, b GB
PortraitChris Kavanagh
dr, voc *1964 GB
PortraitRoger Charlery
voc *1963 GB
Popular Tracks   
Rush on The Globe by Big Audio Dynamite
E=MC2 on This Is Big Audio Dynamite by Big Audio Dynamite
The Globe on The Globe by Big Audio Dynamite
Rush - Single Version on Planet Bad Greatest Hits by Big Audio Dynamite
Medicine Show on This Is Big Audio Dynamite by Big Audio Dynamite
The Bottom Line on This Is Big Audio Dynamite by Big Audio Dynamite
Union Jack on Megatop Phoenix by Big Audio Dynamite
V. Thirteen on No. 10, Upping St. by Big Audio Dynamite
C'mon Every Beatbox on No. 10, Upping St. by Big Audio Dynamite
Bad on This Is Big Audio Dynamite by Big Audio Dynamite

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
The Best Of Big Audio DynamiteBig Audio Dynamite2009Compil.
Original Album ClassicsBig Audio Dynamite2008Album
CollectionsBig Audio Dynamite2006Compil.
Big Audio Dynamite I & IIBig Audio Dynamite / Big Audio Dynamite II2000Compil.
Super HitsBig Audio Dynamite1999Compil.
Super HitsBig Audio Dynamite1999Compil.
Sunday BestBig Audio Dynamite1998Album
Big Audio DynamiteBig Audio Dynamite1997Album
Planet Bad: Greatest HitsBig Audio Dynamite1995Compil.
I Turned Out A PunkBig Audio Dynamite1995Single
F-PunkBig Audio Dynamite1995Album
Modern Rock LiveSuede & Big Audio Dynamite1994Album
The Lost Treasure Of Big Audio Dynamite I & IIBig Audio Dynamite / Big Audio Dynamite II1993Compil.
Danger : BlastingBig Audio Dynamite1992Album
BAD I & IIBig Audio Dynamite1992Album
Free (Theme Song From Flashback)Big Audio Dynamite1990Single
ContactBig Audio Dynamite1989Single
James BrownBig Audio Dynamite1989Album
Megatop PhoenixBig Audio Dynamite1989Album
LovesensiBig Audio Dynamite1988Album
Just Play Music!Big Audio Dynamite1988Album
Tighten Up Vol. 88Big Audio Dynamite1988Album
Other 99Big Audio Dynamite1988Single
Veracruz / The. ThirteenSantana, Big Audio Dynamite1987Album
Sightsee M.C.!Big Audio Dynamite1987Album
V. Thirteen / Hollywood BoulevardBig Audio Dynamite1987Album
No. 10, Upping St.Big Audio Dynamite1986Album
C'mon Every BeatboxBig Audio Dynamite1986Single
Hollywood BoulevardBig Audio Dynamite1986Album
3 Track EPThe Three Johns, Big Audio Dynamite, That Petrol Emotion1986Single
Badrock CityBig Audio Dynamite1986Album
C'mon Every BeatboxBig Audio Dynamite1986Single
SambadromeBig Audio Dynamite1986Album
Medicine ShowBig Audio Dynamite1986Single
E = MC²Big Audio Dynamite1986Single
Planet BadBig Audio Dynamite1985Album
The Bottom LineBig Audio Dynamite1985Single
This Is Big Audio DynamiteBig Audio Dynamite1985Album
Big Audio DynamiteBig Audio Dynamite1985Album
E = MC2Big Audio DynamiteSingle
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