Bad Brains

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Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington DC in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members objected to this term to describe their music. They are also an adept reggae band, while later recordings featured elements of other genres like funk, heavy metal, hip hop and soul. Bad Brains are followers of the Rastafari movement.

Originally formed as a jazz fusion ensemble under the name Mind Power, Bad Brains developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound which came to be labeled "hardcore", and was often played faster and more emphatically than the music of many of their peers. The unique factor of the band's music was the fact that they played more complex rhythms than other hardcore punk bands, also adapting non-punk style guitar riffs and solos into their songs.

Bad Brains have released nine studio albums (one of which is entirely composed of instrumental versions of their past material). The band broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers or drummers. Since 1998, the lineup of singer H.R. (Human Rights), guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson (H.R.'s younger brother) has reunited, albeit performing sporadically.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1982 Bad Brains 3 2
1983 Rock for Light 6
1986 I Against I 4 3
1989 Quickness 3
1993 Rise 2
1995 God of Love 1
1996 Black Dots 1
2002 I & I Survived (dub) 1
2007 Build a Nation 1
2012 Into the Future 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2003 Banned in D.C.: Bad Brains Greatest Riffs Compilation 3 1
Pay to Cum LP (1979-1981) Compilation 1
The Early Years Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1988 Live Live 2
1989 Attitude: The ROIR Sessions Live 2
1990 The Youth Are Getting Restless Live 1
1991 Spirit Electricity Live 1
2006 Live at CBGB OMFUG 1982: The Audio Recordings Live 1
2010 Live at the Fillmore 1982 Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1980 Pay to Cum! 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1997 Omega Sessions 1
Love Is the Answer 1

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