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Big Audio Dynamite Audio CD
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Biographyby Stephen Thomas Erlewine

After Mick Jones was fired from the Clash in 1983, he formed Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.) one year later to continue the more experimental funk elements of the Clash's Combat Rock. The group's original incarnation included Jones, video artist and Clash associate Don Letts (effects and vocals), Greg Roberts (drums), Dan Donovan (keyboards), and ... Read more in Amazon's Big Audio Dynamite Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026TJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Union Jack (Album Version) 6:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Contact (Album Version) 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Baby, Dont Apologise 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Is Yours Working Yet? 1:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Around The Girl In 80 Ways 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. James Brown 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Everybody Needs A Holiday (Album Version) 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mick's A Hippie Burning 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. House Arrest 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Green Lady 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. London Bridge 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Stalag 123 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. END0:350.99  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Stuff 19 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
Any BAD fans that don't have this album are missing out. I lost interest after this album because it could not be topped. The use of cool samples, weird intro's and out-tro's come to think of it, make it almost indescribable. Best tracks: Contact, Dragon Town, Mick's a Hippy Burning, House Arrest and Baby, Don't Apologise. I listened to it recently and it has a cool, raw, retro feel. I don't know why people didn't buy it in there droves when it was released like I did. If it was so good why didn't it sell millions I hear you ask - well maybe it was too alternative for that period as it was the Stock Aitkin and Waterman era after all!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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One of the most under-rated albums of all time. I had listenened to quite a bit of BAD before this wierd animal arrived. I was totally unprepared for the sonic nostalgia that is Megatop Phoenix. Being a South African in South Africa made it all the more wierd. A truly amazing album, for me a perfect reflection of the declining nostalgia that is the United Kingdom, the queen, and all it represents, but at the same time a call to arms in a society that has increasingly lost its way over the last 20 years or so. These guys were so far ahead of the game, and still relevant 20 years later. In fact more so. Mick Jones is a lyrical genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Megatop Phoenix 11 Mar 2011
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In my opionon this is BAD's third best album. First BAD, Second Tighten Up Vol 88 and third Megatop Phoenix. Good tunes in the classic BAD style. Hoping they play a couple off this album during the upcoming tour.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Mick Jones and his crew! 19 Dec 2002
By Sean King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hip-hop never had it so good. Former Clash guitarist, and singer Mick Jones put together B.A.D. with its hip-hop, dance groove beats, and overdub sampling. Megatop Phoenix delivers the poppy and danceable goods with songs like "Contact", "Around the Girl In 80 Ways", "London Bridge", and "Dragon Town" If your a fan of Big Audio's early tunes like "Sightsee MC" and "Medicine Show" then this album is a shoe-in for you! Give yourself a treat, and get this CD. There's little room for disappointment!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BAD Masterwork 5 Jan 2005
By A. Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of this band since their debut in 85, and I have to say that "Megatop Phoenix" is their masterpiece. I would even dare to suggest it is superior to their strong "This is Big Audio Dynamite" debut album. Unlike the hollow "10 Upping Street"

or the inconsistent "Tighten Up", Phoenix manages to create an intricate and unified sonic experience. The production is incredibly detailed, the songs are all groovy and listenable, and even the short audio bites between songs are styled perfectly for the tracks they lead into. This album holds up extremely well, even 15 years later. It is one of those albums that I mention whenever someone asks me that if-you-were-on-a-deserted-island question. If you had to have only one BAD album, this would be it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jones for Life 14 Jun 2003
By Hap - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Here's a guy just struggling to give meaning to life; which for all intents and purposes is what Punk is, what music is, what most angst is all about..
Mick Jones, by the by, didn't quit the Clash as much as they just let him go. It was time. The magic made by Strummer and Jones was a fleeting and wonderful thing. That's how most good music is. And should be.
B.A.D. is Mick Jones gleeful return from death; he had a near fatal motorcycle accident and a nasty life-threatening bout of Hepatitus (hence that "Vitamin C" song on F-Punk.) When he came back from the darkness, got out of the hospitals, got away from the sickness, he felt like dancing; hence Big Audio Dynamite. There are no B.A.D. albums that are a miserable listen, all of them have their brilliance and flashes, with old British Music Hall, Reggae, political and movie samples. All of them are full of the buoyancy of a working class Punk back from the dead. All of them have the poignance and verve of Jones' fertile imagination. I was a die-hard Clash fan (the only band that mattered) and a Sex Pistols fan back in the day. I turned out a punk. I loved Polly Styrene, the Damned, Wire, The Ramones, The Saints et.al.

But the best bands to evolve from the whole Brit-punk thing were B.A.D. and P.I.L. (interesting that both Jones and Lydon have an acronymic bent). Lydon spits his sharply intelligent barbs and Jones asks us to party; it's the yin and yang of punk. Both have given us fine stuff, groundbreaking stuff. Us old punks don't sneer at the new punks (well, not all of them, anyway), open your heart and see our scars; they're similar to yours. Now. Let's drink. Let's dance. Let's eat some damn cake. Have you ever asked yourself to the party of life?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anglo Delight. 30 April 2000
By Aaron W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like British flavor, linear beats, creative multi-sampling (pre-legal clampdown) and bopping your head, check this BAD CD out. Megatop Pheonix comes off in its lyrics and tone as so unabashedly pro-British you might even be tempted to join the Royal Forces. (Of course, underlying the lush Brit voices and melodies are very African-American inspired funk grooves and beats -- but then again, when is good pop music not?) From the first line of the disc, you'd swear you were dropped into the middle of World War II to fight the good fight: "The troup was weak and weary, rations running low. David took Goliath, a little rock and roll," In "Union, Jack" samples of mass crowd cheers and Churchill quotes mix in with guitar screeches and beats that rain down like Nazi bombs over London. So Jones calls to God with confidence, "Make a stand, before you fall. You're country needs you to play football." And in that special way that Brits seem to have, BAD convince you that, yes, God favors their island, "this other Eden." In "Stalag 123," the boys find themselves in a German POW camp (which Jones lightly compares to a recording studio) where they're met with the cold German soundbite: "There vill be no escape from zees camp." So they hang out with their democratic essentials, "digital toys, rizla, and Playboys." Ultimately, BAD lays out an utterly epic stage set with great beats and some very creative samples. (Samples range from heavy to light; from soldier quotes to West Side Story's "America" to Alfred Hitchcock to, yes, James Brown. (You have to sample James Brown -- it's the law. But BAD do it with an ironic twist). I don't know if the Ministry of Information could put out more convincing pro-Brit PR than this disc.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying, energetic, daring 9 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
B.A.D.'s Megatop Phoenix is an album full of variety, electricity and techno-funk-punk which you've come to expect from Jones and company. Full of great "bouncy" songs that make you wanna bust a move and dance. A real winner.
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