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
outfit. Although neither as critically or commercially successful as the Clash
, Big Audio Dynamite
's blend of rock and dance music, with a generous dose of samples, was a fixture on college radio in the mid- to late '80s with tracks like "E=MC2," "The Bottom Line," and "C'mon Every Beatbox" (all included here). The band even managed to make a foray onto the U.S. Top 40 charts in 1992 with the infectious "Rush." With his place already secure in rock annals, Jones
' work with BAD
was much more lighthearted, but it cannily anticipated the influence electronics and technology would have on music. Despite the dated feel of some of Planet BAD
, it's also undeniable that the band was a more interesting venture than it was sometimes given credit.