RARD-11280 F-Punk
Produced by Mick Jones and Andre Shapps
Released on June 20, 1995
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K ronomyth 8.0: EASILY F ENDED. If you thought the media-and-potatoes rockers delivered by the first incarnation of B.A.D. were nothing more than three bored chords with the telly on, F-Punk will make you nostalgic for the television and that third chord. The first time I heard this disc, I thought it was garbage; F Mick Jones and his lazy two-chord revolution, I thought. But the second time I heard it, “I Turned Out a Punk” got under my skin like “Looking for a Song” had before it, and soon I hear was hearing that subtle hook and groove at work under Jones’ flat vocals and caveman guitar chords at every turn. Marc Bolan used to have a similar effect on me. I knew when I was listening to a song like “Main Man” that Bolan was yanking our universal chain by handing in hastily written homework as though it were art, but I gave it an “A” anyway because there are too many Bs in the world and not enough honey. Likewise, I know that “I Turned Out a Punk” is half-done homework, but Mick Jones does half-done better than most people do done. (Da doo ron ron.) If you’ve developed a taste for Jones’ monochromatic mush and the mushrooms that grow in its shadows (neat beats, exotic samples and hidden melodies), you’ll get your fill with “Singapore,” “Psycho Wing,” “Get It All From My TV” and the rest of these tracks. You’ll even find a few neat surprises, like an actual ballad (“Got To Set Her Free”) and a hidden track in which B.A.D. pays homage to David Bowie with a straight cover of “Suffragette City.” (Ha! My Marc Bolan analogy doesn’t look so crazy now, does it?) In my opinion, the second incarnation of B.A.D. (Higher Power, F-Punk) distilled what was best about B.A.D. (i.e., the hummable underdogs like “V. Thirteen” and “Other 99”). Unfortunately, the great clock in the music machine struck big audio midnight, and the band never released another album.

TRACK LISTING

  1. I TURNED OUT A PUNK
  2. VITAMIN C
  3. PSYCHO WING
  4. PUSH THOSE BLUES AWAY    (Mick Jones/Gary Stonadge)
  5. GONNA TRY
  6. IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
  7. GOT TO SET HER FREE
  8. GET IT ALL FRMO MY TV
  9. SINGAPORE
  10. I CAN'T GO ON LIKE THIS    (Mick Jones/Lauren Jones)
  11. WHAT ABOUT LOVE?
  12. (Hidden Track:) SUFFRAGETTE CITY    (David Bowie)

    All songs written by Mick Jones unless noted

CREDITS

MICKY CUSTANCE -- DJ, percussion, vocals
NICK HAWKINS -- guitar, vocals
MICK JONES -- vocals, guitar
CHRIS KAVANAGH -- drums, vocals
ANDRE SHAPPS -- keyboards, engineer
GARY STONADGE -- bass, vocals
Henry Gklover -- engineer
Jason Eyers -- engineer
Davo -- sleeve
Joe Shutter, Pennie Smith, Wurzel, B.A.D. -- photos

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/US June 20, 1995 Radioactive 2LP/CD RAR2/RARD-11280 gatefold cover
JPN 1995 MCA CD MVCM-536  

 

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