jb welda wrote:mick I am sure I can look this up somewhere but would you give us a rundown of the lineups of BAD then? I thought there was just one lineup and that was with one of the clash, cant remember who, strummer maybe, but not sure of the timeline you suggest as I thought they always were pretty "insipid dance music"? maybe I missed their best because I don't even recall much reggae.
I think Wikipedia will have a better rundown of the line-up changes than I can supply, but off the top of my head... After Mick Jones was sacked from The Clash (by a misguided Joe Strummer), he and Topper Headon formed a band called Top Risk Action Company. TRAC recorded an album's worth of demos - kind of weird, kind of funky, a blueprint for Big Audio Dynamite. Don Letts seemed to be the real missing ingredient - he and Mick Jones co-wrote some really cool and fascinating songs together. Later on, after the painful demise of The Clash, Joe Strummer teamed up with Mick Jones and co-produced their second album (No. 10 Upping Street), as well as co-writing a lot of the tunes. It's the closest thing to a sixth Clash album that we'll ever get. The last BAD album with the original line up was Megatop Phoenix, their finest moment. Then, Don Letts and Leo Williams split and that's when BAD moved more towards club music instead of being a more interesting melting pot of styles.
Some of their more reggae influenced tracks include "A Party"
, "Tighten Up Vol. 88"
and "Harrow Road"
(with Ranking Roger). I don't love 'em as much as I used to, but when they were good, they were very good.