14 Nov 2005
''Casino Dino and roulette Len all know my name and back again''
Big Audio Dynamite were the band for me in the mid to late eighties and I must have been right as My friends hated them. One was a rockabilly, one listened to Marillion and god knows what Gavin was but they were all both good friends and wrong musically. But hey you can't have everything can you? The first time I heard the band was on the Annie Nightingale one summer sunday evening in '86 maybe it was the sunshine or the escape from lousy foster parents but it just seemed to click with me. The track was 'E=MC2' and from there I heard 'Medicine show' which just dripped with samples from Sergio Leone movies I had to get the album and did with some infrequent wages from my infrequent decorating job. I would wander around my little town in Norfolk blasting it from my 'ghetto blaster'. Imagine 'A Party', 'Sony' and 'Sudden Impact' echoing around a small shopping precinct. How popular I must have been with those dusty old people as the sample " Get three coffins ready" reverberated about? There I was size 30 waist (long gone), sunny outlook on life (long gone), regular sex (long gone), I had money and enjoyed my job (you see the pattern forming here?) and some great music. Band members were Mick Jones, Don Letts, Leo Williams, Greg Roberts, Dan Donovan and Flea (whoever he was....maybe he did the scratching? he he he). Hearing 'This Is B.A.D' again and 'No 10 Upping Street' takes me right back, I wish I could go back and tell myself to "stop that you filthy boy and don't do it again". It seems a long time ago in different world in the middle of Mrs Thatcher's dictatorship, the cold war and communism was still rampant, the Labour party were still socialist, (look it up in a dictionary all you Tory Blair Voters). No premiership, no multi millionaire footballers, no jar jar binks ah what a wonderful time for that alone. The tracks offered here are extra special as they are 12" tracks and rare stuff. This is the first of seven volumes so if you want more let me know.
Posted by Mike