Top 10 Bad Brains Songs #2 - "I and I Survive"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 11, 2016 7:53am CST
Eight down, two to go. I'm talking, of course, about my Top 10 Bad Brains Songs series, inspired by @JohnRoberts' Linda Ronstadt Top 10, and a series of series' by @FourWalls: Elton John, Merle Haggard (Top 20!) and Warren Zevon. Bad Brains is a hardcore punk band from Washington D.C., the same scene that produced Minor Threat. The main difference is that the classic Bad Brains lineup (vocalist H.R., guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jennifer, and drummer Earl Hudson, who is H.R.'s brother) are devout Rastafarian's, and extremely skilled at reggae as well. Appearing on the band's second album, 1983's Rock for Light (produced by The Cars' Ric Ocasek,) "I and I Survive" is maybe Bad Brains' best reggae tune. "I and I Survive" is pure roots reggae, and is one of my favorite reggae songs, right alongside Bob Marley's "3 O'clock Roadblock," Black Uhuru's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and "Ku Klux Klan" by Steel Pulse. Yeah, it's that good.
from the album Rock for light - 1983
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• United States
12 Apr 16
And about now most of the people who've been listening to all nine songs are going, "Are you sure this is the same band that did that one-minute crunching punk song you posted a couple of hours ago?" That's the mark of a good band, though, one that can do multiple sounds.