Bad Brains: RFI/D

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugHJ_a8ydUY
Bad Brains - Paranoid

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

now ever since '79 h.r.'s been poppin' his collar, poppin' poppin' his collar

eman, Saturday, 15 November 2008 00:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

check the backflip at the end

eman, Saturday, 15 November 2008 00:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Fucking incredible. What a band. True innovators. One day, they'll be respected like the Stooges are now.

Soukesian, Saturday, 15 November 2008 00:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I've had Bad Brains forever but have never heard Rock For Light. Does anyone prefer RFL to the original and why?

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 12 February 2009 22:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

rock for light is longer and has more great songs (including alot of which are on s/t) but has worse production than s/t and does have some shit songs. you can't really go wrong though, seeing as s/t is the single greatest fucking punk album ever.

samosa gibreel, Thursday, 12 February 2009 23:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
8 months pass...

the new darryl jennifer album sounds kinda incredible to me

honkin' on joey kramer (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 12 November 2010 09:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wow, did not know there was one.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 November 2010 21:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Cbgb-1982-Region-NTSC/dp/B000GI3RKQ

Just buy this and see why they were so, so, very excellent

Fer Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountain Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Saturday, 13 November 2010 23:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

that is some valuable advice for people unaware that bad brains are so so very excellent

haute couture wolf gang frill them all (samosa gibreel), Saturday, 13 November 2010 23:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

listening to black judas: kinda lol but yeah, good

haute couture wolf gang frill them all (samosa gibreel), Saturday, 13 November 2010 23:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

this clip is gr8.. outside stage, chevrolet banner, fist-pumping 80s crowdgoers

am0n, Monday, 7 February 2011 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Was just going to mention the '87 Florida set, odd that it appeared today. Great great set, band's on fire.

Hitched the '89 UK tour. Was fun. Gabba of Chaos Uk wound up getting a lift from somewhere near Bristol to the top of the M5 in a truck with a racist driver. Bumped into him as he got out of the cab at hitching point.

Trying to think what the name of the Best of cd which seems to have pretty decent sound is. What's on my walkman comes from there, think it includes Rock For Light stuff.

Stevolende, Monday, 7 February 2011 22:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have listened to thousands of bands in my life. When people ask me what my favorite band is, I say that I have heard so much music I cannot really narrow down a list to one single favorite. However, if you held a gun to my head, the first thing out of my mouth would be the Bad Brains and I'd be okay with that.

I often said that the ROIR tape was the best hardcore album ever but "I Against I" was the best album ever. A little hyperbole, but not that much now that I think about it.

Those videos are great! The old one, the one from '87, just amazing!

I got to see the original lineup of the band a few times. The last was in Cleveland in 2002 I think, a reunion tour that had as support a new band featuring the original Faith No More Singer (he was a chef in Cleveland by then!) and HR spent the whole show in a rocking chair on the stage. Very bizarre but unsurprisingly so.

In the article in Spin that xhuxk posted above (some time ago), the photo they used is the one from the inside of the 'I Against I' vinyl. The skinheaded dude right under the drum kit is Raybeez from Warzone. He was doing security at that early show.

Many years later, he and I became friendly in New York and he did security for all the shows at The Ritz and Roseland. I caught the Bad Brains at the latter venue and he was up front. I went up to him and said "Man, it's like that photo" and he smiled, knowing what I was talking about, and said he wouldn't rather be anywhere but right there.

Unbelievably amazing band and a big part of my life.

NYCNative, Monday, 7 February 2011 23:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Am I correct for feeling physically ill and actually offended that Bad Brains are *supporting* something called Slightly Stoopid:

http://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.asp?id=1986

NYCNative, Monday, 14 February 2011 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

ugh i fucking hate that band

HOOS the master?? STEEN NUFF (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 14 February 2011 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Slightly Stoopid b/w Bad Brains and the Dum Dum Girls.

dolphins cavorting in a cathedral (staggerlee), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Jay Reatard was originally supposed to headline...

dolphins cavorting in a cathedral (staggerlee), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Mary Stein (daughter of Sire Records Seymour Stein and murdered NY realtor/former Ramonees manager Linda Stein) just premiered a Bad Brains documentary at SXSW. Has anyone seen it yet?

There are also 2 DC filmmakers working on 80s DC HarDCore punk docs now

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

!!! wanna see that

tempestuous alaskan nites! (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Banned in Dc: Bad Brains Greatest Riffs
was the compilation I mentioned last year. Think it has been mastered at the right speed and so it seems Caroline have attempted to at least partially right their earlier wrong.
http://www.amazon.com/Banned-Dc-Brains-Greatest-Riffs/product-reviews/B00008V5TK/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_4?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addFourStar

Stevolende, Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Dr. Know is running for president.

http://www.libertystickers.com/product/Ron-Paul-DrKnow/

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 17:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha ha.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 17:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/42901/i-against-i-thirty-years-after-the-golden-age-of/

Long Washington City Paper cover story suggests HR may be battling with schitzophrenia

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 June 2012 16:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

plus a review of the movie

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/film/2012/06/21/a-close-viewing-of-bad-brains-a-band-in-dc/

Both are written by Mark Andersen, who co-wrote the Dance of Days book with Mark Jenkins about the DC hardcore punk scene

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 June 2012 16:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

The first piece is spot-on in recounting the bullshit that is a Bad Brains show in 2012. So sad.

InternationalWaters, Sunday, 24 June 2012 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Saw the movie doc "Bad Brains: A Band from DC" last night. Well-made movie with awesome footage of early years Bad Brains and coverage of the sadness that is HR circa 2012, struggling with mental health issues. HR (wearing a woman's wig) showed up for both of the 2 showings of the movie. Saturday night, Mark Anderson asked HR in the q and a portion afterwards about his health, and he insisted he was fine.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://dcist.com/2012/06/the_seven_best_moments_of_last_nigh.php

These 7 items and more

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2012-06-21/bad-brains-band-dc/transcript

Some of HR's answers on this radio interview are o0.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is HR's mental state really a fresh debate in 2012? I thought he's been nuts for years. Decades?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Like, I last saw the band in ... 1999? HR was there, but he just stood there, grinning between songs (which were otherwise solid).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Here's a bit from what I wrote about that show:

An eerily docile H.R. received a hero's welcome when he waltzed on stage, an unsettling grin giving way to his effective if somewhat distracted recital of the band's "Attitude." Dr. Know's blazing leads flew in and around the rhythmic knots tied by Hudson and Jenifer, while H.R. mainly stood still behind the microphone, his hands clasped in front of him as if in meditation. Hey, if that's what it takes to keep him from throwing himself at the crowd, so be it.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

If you think the Beatles were something, if you think the Jam Band was something or the Police or even the latest overnight sensation with, you know, the Jackson Five and Mariah Carey, well let me tell you, Beyonce, she has something to listen to finally.

wise words there

jacob von logflume (DJ Mencap), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

TS: being in a band with HR vs being in a band with Mark E Smith

jacob von logflume (DJ Mencap), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is HR's mental state really a fresh debate in 2012? I thought he's been nuts for years. Decades?

― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, June 24, 2012

It's just that the movie doc has just been recently released. When I saw them in their 79 to early '80s heyday HR was not like this onstage

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Plus, isn't there current tour their first in a couple of years

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 June 2012 13:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

their

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 June 2012 13:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

I dunno. Looks like the band has played at least a few shows every year. I guess my point was that coming aboard maybe around the "I Against I" era, even then I knew H.R. was nuts. I'd heard all the stories.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 June 2012 14:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

why isn't this 50 year old guy doing backflips, i want a refund

am0n, Monday, 25 June 2012 18:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Exactly. That is EXACTLY the nature of the complaints here. You imbecile.

Three Word Username, Monday, 25 June 2012 18:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

If you get a chance to see the movie doc, you should-- no matter when you learned about HR's mental state. As I noted upthread, there's great archival footage and there's also interesting interviews. I think the directors only have music clearances right now to show it at film festivals.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 June 2012 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

So that it's entirely clear that this isn't about back flips:

Three Word Username, Monday, 25 June 2012 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anyone who dons an outfit like that knows just what he's doing.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 June 2012 20:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

That's what the Brains think, which is why he's been kicked out of the band so often. I am less sure.

Three Word Username, Monday, 25 June 2012 20:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

are you mark andersen or just his knight in shining armor

am0n, Monday, 25 June 2012 21:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

the band might wanna turn his amp off next time

am0n, Monday, 25 June 2012 21:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Anyone who dons an outfit like that knows just what he's doing."

http://networkawesome.com/show/live-music-show-the-great-daryl-nathan-entertainment-show/

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 07:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

lol @ H.R. in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2209817/Brooke-Shields-denies-woman-puffing-marijuana-pipe-leaked-Twitter-picture.html?ITO=1490

kinda less fun now the website is just an endless celebrity content farm but still

Did communist FB take down the awesome bacon quran picture? (DJ Mencap), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

still awesome

curmudgeon, Friday, 28 September 2012 16:28 (1 year ago) Permalink


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