Melodic elements appropriated from "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody" (as well as song title) by Eddie Cochran.


beatbox = 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)


"Holy nightmare!" Burt Ward as Robin, either from the film Batman (1966) or the American TV

series of the same era.


"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, 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. - Ben



"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

immigrant 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)


Vladivostok = 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





Lyrics inspired by the film Scarface (1983).





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  about

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 on the

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


ganga = marijuana





"Flew in from J.A...." = "JA" is the international abbreviation for Jamaica.





"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

Tinsel Town = Hollywood

"Brendan B. & Hunter T." = Irish poet Brendan Behan and "gonzo journalist" Hunter S. Thompson

"Lenny isn't laughing..." = comedian Lenny Bruce

"Bukowski wants to talk..." = author Charles Bukowski

"Little Richard and Sal Dali..." = musician Little Richard and surrealist painter Salvador Dali

sandoz = a potent form of LSD

"Fatty's feeling frisky..." = reference to Fatty Arbuckle, defendant in a scandalous Hollywood murder trial

"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).





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 Straight





Pentonville, Battersea, Chinatown, Embassy, Bishops Gate, Piccadilly = references to areas of London


"Captain Scarlet is indestructible - you are not. Remember not try to imitate him."

Announcer's disclaimer from the '60s UK TV series Captain Scarlet.





"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).