Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Clash guitarist reforms Big Audio Dynamite

Former Clash guitarist Mick Jones has decided that 2011 needs to be more B.A.D.

Jones tells BBC 6 Music that he is reforming pioneering 1980s band Big Audio Dynamite.

The original five-piece line-up will play a series of dates in the UK in March and April, before heading to the Coachella music festival in the US.

The band's UK reunion tour will kick off in Liverpool on 29 March, wrapping up in Bristol two weeks later.

"It's all the original guys," Jones confirmed. "Thank God we're still alive!"

The group, formed after the dissolution of The Clash, scored hits in 1986 with "E=MC2" and "Medicine Show."

They were renowned for their early use of samples - orchestrated by former film director Don Letts - and a futuristic fusion of rock, reggae and hip-hop.

"I left The Clash in 1983," Jones said. "Club music was coming up and hip-hop was sort of just starting.

"I found myself in a club with Don and Leo [Williams - bass guitar] and I thought 'I would really love to make the sort of music I would hear in a place like this.' And I just felt like I was in a group again. I'd been through this terrible whirlwind with The Clash. We never stopped for a moment and in the end we all became infected with a madness."

Big Audio Dynamite went on to record four albums between 1985 and 1990. Their second, "No. 10 Upping Street," featured contributions from Jones's former Clash bandmate, Joe Strummer.

The original line-up disbanded in 1990, although Jones continued to use the name for a series of projects throughout the rest of the decade.

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Big Audio Dynamite – Medicine Show (1985)

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