Bad Brains

Release date
16 Jun 1998
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sailin' On (2003 Digital Remaster) 1:50 382
2 Don't Need It 1:58 87,181
3 Attitude 1:19 110,873
4 The Regulator 1:28 83,852
5 Banned In D.C. (2003 Digital Remaster) 2:02 296
6 Jah Calling 2:28 72,239
7 Supertouch/Shitfit 2:30 42,616
8 Leaving Babylon 4:07 67,994
9 Fearless Vampire Killers 1:07 52,684
10 I 1:57 81,248
11 Big Take Over 2:57 62,063
12 Pay To Cum (2003 Digital Remaster) 1:30 552
13 Right Brigade 2:23 85,637
14 I Luv I Jah 6:22 61,678
15 Intro 1:02 73,254
16 Extro 2:09 17,613

About this album

All material on this album was recorded at 171-A Studios, NYC, during August, September and October 1981, except “Pay To Cum,” “I Luv I Jah” and “Jah Calling Dub” recorded live at 171-A on May 16, 1981.

Since the original release of this title on cassette format, the Bad Brains have achieved a certain immortality among punk and hardcore rockers that followed them. The original 1982 cassette (ROIR A-106) is also available for those remaining cassette junkies.

“…they have inspired or influenced everyone from THE BEASTIE BOYS and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to LIVING COLOUR and JANE’S ADDICTION. But upon relistening to this glorious hardcore/punk masterpiece, it quickly became evident that not one of the many pretenders to the throne have even come close to matching BRAINS’ blisterly majestic style. Yeah, they are punks martyrs. Jah on the cross - they died for our sins.” -Scrawl

“Just listen to it…Classic chunk of Americana. Go get it.” -
New York Post

“Where dreadlocked superheroes Bad Brains went, a thousand punk and metal wannabes followed. And what better album to tell you why these militant rockers were so powerful than this, their eponymous classic from 1982? Sell your Green Day records and buy this, kids.” - Vox

“Bad Brains were the band who taught the world how to play fast…this re-released 1982 masterpiece shows exactly why this is a band who could pull thousands of people to their shows when no one in the mainstream even knew they existed. Quite brilliant.” - Select

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