Culling together tracks chosen from a decade's (and seven albums') worth of material, Planet BAD serves as a focused, well-chosen compilation of Mick Jones' post-Clash outfit.
Originally released in 1985, This Is Big Audio Dynamite is a groundbreaking and highly influential album which perfectly blends New York beats, Jamaican bass lines, ear-bending cinematic samples, and British guitar rock. Before the Rap-meets-Rock cultural paradigm, before the meshing of musical genres became the norm - there was Big Audio Dynamite, led by ex-Clash guitarist/vocalist Mick Jones. This landmark album now includes a second disc of 12 bonus tracks comprising rare U.S. and UK 12-inch remixes, edits, dub versions, outtakes, and B-sides - five of them previously unreleased….
The Wallflowers quietly entered an extended hiatus after the 2005 release of Rebel, Sweetheart, spending the next seven years flitting between tours and inactivity. During the downtime, Jakob Dylan pursued a solo career, generating respectable enough results, but eventually the band – complete with founding keyboardist Rami Jaffee, who had left during a supporting tour for a greatest-hits compilation – regrouped in 2012 to record Glad All Over, a vivid, colorful album that has very little connection to the austere Women + Country, Dylan's last solo album. After stripping his music down to the bone, Dylan sounds giddy to flesh out the skeleton with the assistance of a sympathetic band, sometimes augmented by his hero Mick Jones. With him aboard, the Wallflowers wander into Big Audio Dynamite territory – complete with a lyrical shout out to Joe Strummer, "Reboot the Mission" acts as a de facto BAD tribute, while "Misfits and Lovers" splices those clean, modernistic lines with Wallflowers straight-ahead rock & roll – and that suggests just how much ground the group covers on Glad All Over.
Flashback is a 1990 film starring Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland and Carol Kane, written by David Loughery and directed by Franco Amurri. The movie produced a fairly popular soundtrack made up of a mix of 1960s and 1980s alternative music. The highlight is the theme song "Free" by the band Big Audio Dynamite, which is only available on this soundtrack, it was never included in any Big Audio Dynamite album.
Though the songs on 90s Pop Hits definitely span the entire decade (Mandy Moore's 1999 track "Candy" is followed by Big Audio Dynamite II's "Rush," from 1991, for example), much of what is on the three-disc, forty-song compilation is taken from the dance/R&B realm of the early '90s. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Clivillés & Cole, M People, Xscape, and Sunscreem are all included, but so are rock (though no grunge) bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sponge, the Primitive Radio Gods, Dog's Eye View, and the Spin Doctors. Trying to cover ten years in a few dozen songs is no easy task, and there are certainly a lot of tracks missing on 90s Pop Hits, but for those who are especially fond of the decade's pop-dance chart-toppers, this compilation will be satisfying.