Bad Brains

I Against I

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The 1980s - By Ja­son But­ler, Fever 333


The great­est Rasta-punk band in his­tory: un­copi­able and un­touch­able “I AGAINST I is the great­est al­bum to me, be­cause it ac­tu­ally chal­lenged metal. I mean, for a start, they are in­cred­i­ble

mu­si­cians. Just in­cred­i­ble! And they were so rad­i­cal in what they were say­ing, es­pe­cially in a very white­dom­i­nated genre.

“The first time I heard it was at my friend Paul’s. I was, like, ‘Wow, this is crazy!’ Then he told me that they were all black dudes, and I just thought that was in­cred­i­ble. I re­mem­ber feel­ing like I wasn’t alone and that maybe I wasn’t as much of a freak as the peo­ple of In­gle­wood made me out to be, as I was this skate­boarder from the hood who was into punk rock and metal. I re­mem­ber feel­ing ac­tual rep­re­sen­ta­tion, an ac­tual space to be­long.

“Their in­flu­ence on metal is mas­sive, even though many peo­ple don’t speak about them in a more main­stream way. It’s peren­nial, time­less, clas­sic mu­sic, and I don’t care how you dress it, it’s clas­sic mu­sic. And you know why? Be­cause they meant it, be­cause it’s au­then­tic, be­cause there is a mes­sage in there and they rep­re­sented some­thing to peo­ple. That’s how they felt and that is how they made other peo­ple feel the same way.”

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