Bad Brains
Bad Brains


5.0
classic

Review

by pedro durruti USER (6 Reviews)
January 21st, 2005 | 180 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


Originally recorded at 171-A Studios, NYC, during AUgust, September, and October 1981, except "Pay to Cum", "I Luv I Luv Jah", and "Jah Calling Dub" recorded live at 171-A on May 16, 1981.

H.R. - Throat
Darryl - Basses, Backing Vocals
Earl Hudson - Drums, Backing Vocals
Dr. Know - Gits, Backing Vocals

This band is the epitome of the phrase "hit or miss". Truly, it's either love them or hate them. There is no such thing as somewhat liking the Bad Brains. It's not possible. I feel safe saying that anyone who is a big fan of rock, generally the harder types of rock, would like this album, excluding a few tracks.

The first five songs on this album are some of my all time favorite hardcore songs. Attitude, an incredibly fast song that will knock you off your chair in amazement is followed shortly after by The Regulator, another quick song that brings out HR's voice best and ends in an odd but satisfying way. I'd have no trouble agreeing with someone saying that this next song, Banned in DC, is Bad Brains best song. It catches their brilliance so well, and the only thing better than the song is the breakdown within it. "And if you ban us from your clubs, it's the right time, with the right mind. And if you think we really care. You won't find in my mind" is one of my favorite Bad Brains and dare I say hardcore lines ever.

What's great about this album is that it doesn't strictly pertain to one genre. It features three dub tracks that are extremely good. If you are a fan of reggae or dub, but not hardcore or punk, don't be afraid to check out these three songs: Jah Calling, Leaving Babylon, and I Luv I Luv Jah. They are absoultely amazing songs and it proves that the Bad Brains weren't only good at one genre.

The rest of the album has some other great songs like Big Take Ovcr, Pay to Cum and Supertouch/shitfit, which don't match my three favorites I mentioned earlier, but are certainly awesome hardcore songs.

If you've heard only a couple of Bad Brains hardcore songs, than get this. Everyone who loves punk and hardcore should have this in their collection, and so should people getting into punk.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Let's Chop Cats!
January 21st 2005


142 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn good CD.

One of the best hardcore bands. Good review Peter.

Let's Chop Cats!
January 21st 2005


142 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah also the lead singer sounds like a Chuawah.



BuddyBigsby
January 22nd 2005


531 Comments


good cd, good reviewer

Cky Andrioid
January 23rd 2005


8 Comments


Amazing band.... This album shows it. Good review. Banned in DC, and Sallin on are so fucking good. As well as Pay to Cum

fredlikesconverge
February 20th 2005


1 Comments


i only wish that people today could create such a moving record, and that they themselves could've moved in that same direction

Aeaon
June 12th 2005


188 Comments


I Love I Jah and Pay To Cum are the best songs on this album.

masada
June 13th 2005


2733 Comments


Good review, fantastic band. I do think "I Against I" is a better album, though.

RCVA
July 17th 2005


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just got "Bad Brains Greatest Riffs" Best Fucking value album i've ever got! 22 great songs for 8

burton.and.gas
September 25th 2005


641 Comments


i love BAD BRAINS.

I_like_goats
October 22nd 2005


18 Comments


Bad brains are soooo good to hear in your ear!

Arrakakaka
February 2nd 2006


685 Comments


Me wants this badly.

ThisUserIsAPipebomb
February 27th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review Petey.


Excellent, album from an excellent band.

calgone
May 13th 2006


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AWESOME review
great band/album too

_Tyler
June 9th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is mindblowing. Probably the best album ever recorded, though I can never really decide which Bad Brains album is my favourite. Such an amazing and influential band.

Misfit_Fiend
August 20th 2006


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what is the difference between this and Rock for Light?

both have the exact or almost all the same songs

Aficionado
June 24th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WTF? Isn't this album from the 1980's?

ReturnToRock
November 15th 2007


3448 Comments


what, no mention of Sail On?

StrizzMatik
March 19th 2008


3201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This review is pretty mediocre considering this is probably the best hardcore album ever made. And calling "The Big Takeover" one of the weaker tracks is just mega-failure. I might do a review soon...

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descendents1
March 19th 2008


702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The best hardcore album ever gets a 4.5, Strizz?

This isn't the best hardcore album ever, but Bad Brains were undoubtedly the best live act of the Hardcore era.

StrizzMatik
May 25th 2008


3201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I dunno dude. I think BB own Minor Threat, Black Flag, and the Germs without a problem. And this gets a 5.



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