E=MC2 (5:55)

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The correct tag for this song is “E=MC²

“E=MC²” is a song written by Mick Jones, the guitarist and singer of The Clash and performed by his post-Clash band Big Audio Dynamite. It was included as the third track on their 1985 debut album This Is Big Audio Dynamite.

The track is considered to be the first song to make use of highly defined sampling technologies. E=MC² missed out on becoming a top ten hit in the UK, where it peaked at #11 and #37 in the U.S. dance chart becoming the band’s most well-known song.

This song was inspired by a number of films directed by Nicolas Roeg, such as Performance (co-directed by Douglas Cammell) and Insignificance. Its lyrics allude to scenes from those films among others by Roeg:

* “Took a trip to Powis Square, Pop star dyed his hair . . . When mobsters came to flush him out. Gangland slaying underground, New identity must be found. . .Insanity Bohemian style” References Performance starring Mick Jagger and James Fox
* “King of brains” - refers to Albert Einstein a lead character in Insignificance (note also the reference to “relativity” in the chorus)
* “Queen of the sack” - refers to Marilyn Monroe, a lead character in Insignificance
* “Hall of fame baseball” - refers to Joe Dimaggio, a lead character in Insignificance
* “Senator’s a hoodlum” - refers to Joe McCarthy, a lead character in Insignificance
* “Don’t like no aborigine” - One of the main characters in Walkabout is an Aborigine
* “Space guy fell from the sky” The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie

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  • abbi98

    I love the way this song ends.

    22 Mar 12:20am Reply
  • GreggWH

    Nicholas Roeg fans sound off!

    18 Feb 8:55am Reply
  • algenon50

    I met Mick jones through work,,,, he gave me £20 tip...nice..

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • katrand

    Love <3

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • chantywrastler

    Yes indeed!

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • algenon50

    So do I !!

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    loved it then still love it now.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Johnnybosox19

    I had never heard this song before, but I have to say I like this.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Turnersmemo

    fab performance

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    so good. great memories

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • silvasonicsurfa

    ...The Jam's Bitterest Pill and then now, this, ......the morning's got off to great start!......

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • perhapsomeother

    *love* this song. entire album is so good.

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • drehdloc

    Further proof that the 80's showed us a glimpse of the next 50 years of music. Oh so mellow! Think I'm gonna go roll one : )

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • beckeb00

    Was living in England when B.A.D. came out. Love this version of the tune, but really love the 12" version even more.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • asteroide05

    a like song oye k buena rola esta chida

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • cxbmusic

    Such a good song! I don't like the album though :|

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • KeithandLor

    alexia I was there and it was fucking GREAT-Lora

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • maxlharris

    Met a dwarf that was no good / Dressed like little Red Riding Hood / Bad habit taking life / Calling card a six inch knife / Ran off really fast / Mumbled something `bout the past / Best sex I`ve ever seen / As if each moment was the last / Drops of blood colour slide / Funeral for his bride / But it`s him who`s really dead / Gets to take the funeral ride Brilliant. Delivery is fantastic.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • valplayer

    love

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • jomabbs

    Drops of blood colour slide Funeral for his bride But it`s him who`s really dead Gets to take the funeral ride

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
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