Bad Brains

Bad Brains (1978-1988, 1989-present): a Hard Rock band from Washington, District of Columbia, USA.


his all Afro-American team led by H.R. (Real Name: Paul Hudson; vocals), Dr. Know (Real Name: Gary Wayne Miller; guitar/keyboards), Darryl Aaron Jenifer (bass/vocals) and Earl Hudson (drums/vocals) had previously been together in a Jazz Fusion outfit that influenced their hardcore metal/punkrock rock styles of today.  After re-locating to New York , their 45 releases of Pay To Cum and Big Takeover proved to be important releases in the movement but at the time went unnoticed due to their inability to expose the world to the music they contain on a UK tour when they were denied work permits to support The Damned in that country. It didn't matter, however, for their self-titled album followed in 1982. Their Rock For Light follow-up in 1983 produced by Ric Ocasek (of The Cars), featured one side Hardcore and the other Reggae. Neither album charted significantly. I Against I (1987) and Live, their 1988 live set was released by 'S.S.T.' before they broke up.

They would soon after return to switch to 'Caroline' for the follow-up. That follow-up came in the form of Quickness in 1989 where-by the membership had changed to Chuck Moseley (ex-Faith No More; vocals) and Mackie Jayson (drums).

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Spirit Electricity would only be released in the US by 'S.S.T.' in 1989 to little notice. Israel Joseph (Real Name: Dexter Pinto) took over on vocals for the Rise release in 1993, one more break-up would see H.R. and Earl Hudson back for God Of Love in 1995 with the group finally quitting for good shortly after.

Gone but not forgotten, Bad Brains reformed with the original band back together for the first time in five years and signing to 'Maverick Records' label for the 1995 release God of Love. Two years later, the band worked together to remaster some early studio recordings which were then released as the EP The Omega Sessions by 'Victory Records'.

From 1998 to 2001, the original lineup toured under the name Soul Brains. A live album, A Bad Brains Reunion Live from Maritime Hall (2001) followed.

In 2001 H.R. would appear on the track Without Jah, Nothin' on P.O.D.'s Satellite (2001). In 2002, I & I Survived followed. It wouldn't be until 2012 before the next recording, Into the Future, would arrive.

On November 3, 2015, Bad Brains announced on their Facebook page that Dr. Know was hospitalized and on life support, after many other musicians reported so. It was later announced, on November 10, that Dr. Know had come off life support and was "under close care" after a heart attack and subsequent organ failure. On March 15, 2016, it was reported that H.R. was diagnosed with a rare type of headache called SUNCT.

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Nation USA
City Washington, District of Columbia
Promotional Address Unknown
Genre Hard Rock
Reformations 2
Web Unknown
Active Years 1978-1988, 1989-
E-Mail Unknown
Last Modified 2021-05-02
RRCA File Code UC000030
Diskery ID 484

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