Big Audio Dynamite – Medicine Show (1985)

Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) are a British musical group formed in 1984 by the ex-guitarist and singer of the Clash, Mick Jones. The group are noted for their effective mixture of varied musical styles, incorporating elements of punk rock, dance music, hip hop, reggae, and funk. BAD’s one constant throughout frequent shifts in membership and musical direction are the vocals provided by Mick Jones. After releasing a number of well-received albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Big Audio Dynamite disbanded in 1997, but had a reunion tour in 2011.

The third single to be released from the band’s debut album “This Is Big Audio Dynamite” was the sample-heavy “Medicine Show” which included liberal sound-bites from three different Sergio Leone westerns and John Huston’s The Treasure Of Sierra Madre.

The US 12″ single featured a Rick Rubin US Remix who in 1985 was best known as the co-founder of Def Jam Records and the producer behind LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys.

The Extended Version of “Medicine Show” was remixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle who also produced the bonus non-LP track “This Is Big Audio Dynamite”

Medicine Show (US Remix)      6:10

Medicine Show                        8:58

This Is Big Audio Dynamite       3:39

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