Name: Bad Brains
From: Washington, D.C.
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Lifespan: 1977-Current
Genre: Punk
Best Release: Bad Brains
Bad Brains
Rock for Light
I Against I
God of Love
I & I Survived
Build a Nation
Dr. Know
Darryl Jenifer
Earl Hudson
Sid McCray
Chuck Mosley
Israel Joseph
Mackie Jayson
Best known and loved for being pioneers of hardcore punk Bad Brains were even more than that, they had heavy doses of reggae in their songs at times even seeming as a reggae band. They also incorporated funk, metal, hip-hop and soul into their tunes. In the late 70’s and early 80’s they caught the attention of the punk world, being an African-American band that was rocking harder and heavier than anyone else around at the time was something everyone had to see. In 1979, Bad Brains were actually banned in Washington D.C. area clubs, “Banned in D.C.” wasn’t just some song title, it was real. The band relocated to New York City where they continued to rock on as documented in the recorded performance Live at CBGB’s 1982. They’ve slowed down over the years with some lineup changes and multiple break ups but they’re still around. The band plays the occasional live show and released an album in 2007 which got mixed reviews. It was true to Bad Brains style by being unique as hell. Love them or hate them, punk or reggae, it can’t be denied that Bad Brains has had influence across the world and continue to rock on.