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Album Review

For fans of hardcore, many would agree that the holy grail of the genre is Bad Brains' self-titled album, originally released back in 1982 as a cassette-only release on ROIR. The ensuing years after its initial release haven't dulled the album's fury and rage in the least, and it's still impressive how the band can switch gears from red-hot hardcore to cool reggae dubs in the blink of an eye. All the classics are here: "Sailin' On," "Banned in D.C.," "Pay to Cum," "Right Brigade," as well as one of their strongest reggae tunes, "I Luv I Jah." The back of the album boasts a quote from the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, which sums up the proceedings simply, "the best punk/hardcore album of all time." [Although Bad Brains was available on CD on the now-defunct In Effect label in the late '80s (then titled Attitude: The ROIR Sessions with a different album cover), it's since been remastered and re-released with its original cover, as well as an untitled bonus track added at the end.]

Customer Reviews

THE Godfathers of Hardcore

This album is the holy grail of hardcore. The Bad Brains are more intense than any other punk band i've ever heard: their speed, intensity, talent and originality are unparalleled. Although the recording is a little bit tinny and rough, this is still an amazing album. If it's too rough for you pick up Rock For Light, equally amazing but higher fidelity. Buy this album (and Rock For Light) now!!!

BEST REGGAE ALBUM EVER. Good punk album too.

Look, if you don't like this you are a kook. No not a goon. But a kook. I don't even have to look at you, if you listen to this, and you don't like it you are a kook. Plain and simple. I'm not sorry either, you are. Same goes for Slayer.

Still the best

This is the absolute best hardcore punk album of all time. You could disagree with me, but you'd be wrong.


Formed: 1979 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By melding punk with reggae, Bad Brains became one of the definitive American hardcore punk groups of the early '80s. Although the group released only a handful of records during its peak, including the legendary cassette-only debut, Bad Brains, they developed a dedicated following, many of whom would later form their own hardcore and alternative bands. As for Bad Brains themselves, they continued to record and tour in varying lineups led by guitarist Dr. Know into the late '90s yet never managed...
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