NO. 10 UPPING ST.
C'MON EVERY BEATBOX
Melodic elements appropriated from "Summertime
Blues" and "C'mon Everybody" (as well as song title) by Eddie
= portable radio/cassette player; name popularized when a "beatbox" was used to play backing beats while DJs and
MCs rapped over them
"Sit tight and listen keenly while I play for you
a brand new musical biscuit!"
Prince Buster as the dancehall DJ in The
Harder They Come (1973).
"Ha! I got it! Watch me!" Don
Letts impersonating James Brown.
"I hope you realize you're playing with
dynamite..." >From the film Videodrome.
"This time I betcha
it's bad..." Elvis Presley in ???
"An old idea from the Woodstock
Generation..." = the idea of gathering people together for concert/party,
reference to the Woodstock
Music & Art Fair of 1969
"Dialing 999..." =
999 is the British emergency phone number, equivalent of US 911
"The Knights of St. George dressed for
aggravation..." = riot police; St. George is the patron saint of Great Britain.
(see also Beyond The Pale)
Burt Ward as Robin, either from the film Batman (1966) or the American TV
series of the
"The white man ain't
left me nothing out here but the underworld, and that's where I dance...Where
do you dance?" Laurence Fishburne in The Cotton Club (1984).
BEYOND THE PALE
Beyond the pale, the phrase is derived from the
geography of old Ireland.
The pale was the region of English control. Someone who is from the region
beyond the pale is a barbarian, compare with ideas of immigrants, refugees and
other "barbarians" in England.
"beyond the pale" = British phrasology for "too much" or "an excessive
amount"; double meaning recognizing people of color
(specifically West Indian, Indian and Pakistani immigrants) as rightful British
subjects, and not just "pale" Anglos; also recognizing the
contributions and sacrifices of
populations to England.
This song takes it name from and was probably inspired by a documentary of the
same name about Eastern European immigrants; Mick Jones can trace his immediate
lineage back to Russia.
"St. George used his sword / on the immigrant
poor / 'cos he can't kill no dragon" = St.
George, patron saint of Britain and 12th century dragon-slayer, as an analogy
for Great Britain; white Britain blaming it's problems on "the immigrant
poor" (see also C'Mon Every Beatbox)
= Russian city
"Got every side by Jerry Lee..." = owns all
of Jerry Lee Lewis' records, affirming his "rocker" credibility!
"Bloodclaat" = (or
"bloodclot") slang Jamaican curse
LIMBO THE LAW
Lyrics inspired by the film Scarface
I´m a spanish fan of B.A.D.
I can give you some clues about a phrase at the end
of "Sambadrome", just before the soccer speech. It's a
phrase taken from the
Brazilian movie "PIXOTE".
Although my Portugese is bad, I can translate it to
English. The movie is
the real story
of some kids living in an orphanage in Rio
de Janeiro. They
suffer all kind
of abuses from the police and the guardians and finally they
escape to meet a
hard life existence. The phrase is said by a spokeman
T.V. news and
says something like this: "THE BODIES OF THE TEENAGERS SHOWED
BULLETS' IMPACTS ALL AROUND THEIR BODIES" and
refers to the finding of some kids
which had escaped
from the orphanage. It's a crude story, isn't it?" - Alvaro
Brazilian soccer announcer
The football announcer yells "Socrates", the
name of a very famous Brazilian soccer player.
- Whack Attack
"Flew in from J.A...."
= "JA" is the international abbreviation
"Good morning, sinners...etc.", plus other
spoken dialogue samples >From the film The Chain,
as heard at the beginning of the film as the camera views the London skyline
Sodom & Gomorrah = Biblical reference to two cities on the Dead Sea destroyed by God; synonymous with carnality.
"Little Jamie writes 'V. Thirteen'..." =
reference to Venice (Los Angeles) gang graffiti
Song features sample of the band playing the theme to
the British TV show Eastenders.
The "whistle thing" is from BBC sound
effects library: Comedy Projectile?
12" has "that's yesterday, today is
tomorrow" which I think is from some old disney film.
- El Buccanero
Inspired by the book Hollywood Babylon,
detailing the seamy underbelly of Hollywood.
"The Messiahs of the Milk Bar..." = analogous
to Alex and his droogs in A Clockwork Orange.
Tattle talk = gossip
Town = Hollywood
"Brendan B. & Hunter T." = Irish poet
Brendan Behan and "gonzo journalist" Hunter
"Lenny isn't laughing..." = comedian Lenny
"Bukowski wants to
talk..." = author Charles Bukowski
"Little Richard and Sal Dali..." = musician
Little Richard and surrealist painter Salvador Dali
= a potent form of LSD
"Fatty's feeling frisky..." = reference to
Fatty Arbuckle, defendant in a scandalous Hollywood
"Osborne's at a party..." John Osbourne of Look Back In Anger
Colin Wilson = a British author best known for
"the Outsider" - Whack Attack
"Flynn & Reed..." = actors Errol Flynn
and Oliver Reed, two world-famous philanderers
"The rose garden is already littered with my
victims…"Orson Welles as Le Chiffre
in Casino Royale (1967).
"He's plastered!" (Bill Macy as Sy Benson) "So are some of the finest erections in Europe." (Peter O'Toole as Alan Swann) >From My Favorite Year (1982).
"Yeah, yeah, look at that yeah..." Bob
Hoskins as Harold in The Long Good Friday (1980).
DIAL A HITMAN
The "movie" dialogue between Matt Dillon and
Laurence Fishburne is credited on the album sleeve as
being from a film called Lafayette Zero-Six, directed by "Jan Jarmusch". It is in fact original band-written and
commissioned dialogue, with the Jarmusch credit being
a nod to film director and friend Jim Jarmusch.
Doc Savage = macho, gold-skinned mercenary from
comics, pulp novels, etc.
"We're the gang that couldn't shoot
straight..." = "reference to the film The Gang That Couldn't Shoot
Battersea, Chinatown, Embassy, Bishops Gate, Piccadilly = references to areas
"Captain Scarlet is indestructible - you are not.
Remember this...do not try to imitate him."
Announcer's disclaimer from the '60s UK TV
series Captain Scarlet.
ICE COOL KILLER (REMIX OF LIMBO THE LAW)
"Say hello to my little friend!!!" Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface (1983).
"The guys who last in this business are the guys
who fly straight..." >From Scarface (1983).