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New News – Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio Dynamite are set to re-unite for their first shows in over twenty five years.

Kicked out of The Clash, Mick Jones dusted himself down and began making plans. Calling up a few friends, the loose knit collective began making music which sat somewhere between rock, dub and hip hop.

Big Audio Dynamite stuck out on their own, making pioneering music which blasted apart the walls between genres. A mixed race group at a time of great tension in the UK, the band remain hugely influential.

Now they are set to return led once more by Mick Jones, the legendary group have confirmed details of their first full live shows in over twenty five years.

The news first broke after the line up for Coachella was unveiled, featured the band’s name. Big Audio Dynamite are the latest in a long line of groups to reform for the desert festival, and the show looks set to spark a full re-union.

The original line up of the band is back together, featuring punk face and ace reggae compiler Don Letts. Big Audio Dynamite are due to open their new British tour with a show in Liverpool on March 29th.

Travelling to Glasgow, other dates include Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester. Londoners by birth, the capital was always a stronghold for Big Audio Dynamite who reflected the moods of the city.

Returning for a two night stint, the band will play Shepherds Bush Empire on April 2nd and 3rd. Ending with a show in Bristol on April 9th, the tour is the first live outing by Big Audio Dynamite in over two decades.

Tickets for the shows went on sale on Friday (January 28th).

Big Audio Dynamite are set to play the following shows:

29 Liverpool O2 Academy
30 Glasgow O2 ABC
31 Newcastle O2 Academy

2 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
3 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
6 Nottingham Rock City
7 Leeds O2 Academy
8 Manchester Academy
9 Bristol O2 Academy

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January 29, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | | Leave a comment

This Is Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio Dynamite are set to re-visit their classic debut album on a forthcoming re-issue.

Mick Jones left The Clash under a cloud. Jettisoned from the band he had help form and guide to global acclaim, the songwriter gathered a few close friends around him and began making music to escape his predicament.

Merging reggae, hip hop, soul and rock the loose knit collective soon began to make waves on London’s music scene. Named Big Audio Dynamite the band recalled the freewheeling musical spirit of punk but looked to the future.

Formed with reggae DJ Don Letts, Big Audio Dynamite were completed by Dan Donovan, Leo Williams and Greg Roberts. A rolling collective, the band found commercial success and even supported U2 on a world tour.

Second album ‘No 10 Upping Street’ saw Joe Strummer produced the group, with Big Audio Dynamite surviving in one form or another until their split in 1998.

A profoundly important yet deeply neglected band, Big Audio Dynamite’s genre-bending spirit can be seen throughout Britain’s music scene. Much more than ‘What Mick Did Next’ the band could be set to get their due with a new re-issue on the horizon.

‘This Is Big Audio Dynamite – Legacy Edition’ is set to be released on April 26th. Remastered, the original album will be presented alongside a bonus CD containing rare remixes, dub versions, edits, outtakes and B Sides, 5 of which are previously unreleased.

“Our sound was a blend of New York beats, Jamaican bass lines, English rock’n’roll guitar and me taking care of the sampled dialogue and movie stuff” explains Don Letts. “The B.A.D. philosophy was to utilise all the elements of the media to create a fuller sound and write songs that were about something. With a foot in the future and a foot in the past we were dealing with the right now.”

‘This Is Big Audio Dynamite – Legacy Edition’ is set to be released on April 26th.


“The Bottom Line” – Big Audio Dynamite

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February 15, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

New Music – Carbon/Silicon


Mick Jones has made the fourth album from Carbon/Silicon available as a free download via the band’s website this week (November 14).

The band, whom the former Clash man formed with Sigue Sigue Sputnik‘s Tony James are renowned for publishing their material online for free, and latest album ‘The Carbon Bubble’ is available to download now.

Download your copy of the album here:

‘The Carbon Bubble’ track list is:

‘Fresh Start’
‘What’s Up Doc?’
‘Reach For The Sky’
‘The Best Man’
‘Unbeliebable Pain’
‘Make It Alright’
‘Don’t Taser Me Bro!’
‘That’s As Good As It Gets’
‘DisUnited Kingdom’
‘Believe Or Leave’

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Here is one of my favourite tracks

“Shadow” – Carbon/Silicon

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The Clash live on…………………………………in part

November 17, 2009 Posted by | New Music, New News, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment


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