ARTIST: Bad Brains
TITLE: Bad Brains
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Pay to Cum
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Big Take Over
LINEUP: HR (Paul Hudson), Dr. Know (Gary Miller), Darryl Jenifer, Earl Hudson
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Mind bending debut (at first cassette only) from one of punks most influential bands.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Bad Brains had already become a DC legend, and basically been exiled from that scene, and was building a big audience in NYC when they finally put together a full album. And what a record…er…tape.
Released by the cassette only ROIR label at first, Bad Brains went through their repertoire in a fury. Mind blowing punk mixed with spaced out reggae demonstrated the ying and yang of the band. Meanwhile, while the songs went by in a blur, there was real musicianship with Dr. Know’s guitar among the most inventive in punk, and the rhythm section of Darryl Jenifer and Earl Hudson setting the pace. Meanwhile, HR spit fire and fury as fast as he could.
It may be odd for some listeners to reconcile their reggae soundscapes with their punk, but it works, and many musicians were left in their wake trying to figure out how they captured their sound and anger. A must have for anyone, especially punk rockers.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Three tracks come from a live recording done in the same studio where they recorded the full album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a bonus track on later releases. And “Intro” isn’t a bonus track, it’s just the last cut.
GRADE: A+: Your mind will melt, and that’s a good thing.