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Big Audio Dynamite - V. Thirteen Review

V.Thirteen is a track from Big Audio Dynamite's second album No.10 On Upping Street. Big Audio Dynamite or BAD was formed from former lead guitarist of The Clash, Mick Jones, alongside Don Letts who was a DJ around the punk scene at the time which brought the sounds of reggae to the scene and you can hear those influences carry on through to BADs music.

V.Thirteen starts off with a distorted radio sample “Good morning Sodom and Gomorrah, good morning sinners. No that wasn’t your radio on the blink again” before a powerful procession of the instrumentals come in.

The song follows this motif of Sodom & Gomorrah when Mick sings “Sodom and Gomorrah let the DJ play”. Micks never really been able to sing, and that’s the beauty of it, everything else that’s there is so sick and it’s not like his vocals kill the song at all! -

BAD are one of the most important bands to ever form, this album could be seen as a Clash oldboys album with the likes of Joe Strummer being a co-producer on the album, writing 5 of 9 tracks.


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