You guys, I screwed up. I've been doing this column for (checks watch) almost eleven years, and I have somehow never, not once, covered an album by punk (and so much more) legends Bad Brains. H.R. forgive me! Bad Brains should need no introduction here: They've been blowing minds and erasing musical boundaries for almost as long as I've been alive, and while they've slowed down a bit and had many bumps along the way, by all accounts they are still at it.
Quickness - probably the first Bad Brains album heard by many less-plugged-in youth of the '80s and '90s (such as myself) - was recorded in the middle of a bumpy season (with H.R. off again and on again on vocals during the actual production of the album), but the final product seems to have made it through unscathed, at least in the eyes of the KCMU crew.
"The Brains is back! Great, intense LP. Like Fugazi, one of the few hardcore-related bands that've still got it." [Meaning not that they sound like Fugazi, but that they, like Fugazi, have "still got it."]
"This is the best LP since they released their ROIR cassette."
"EAT IT UP."
"No reggae, just !! hardcore bordering on heavy metal - but that's o.k. by me, these guys are great!"
"Prophet's Eye sounds like reggae to me. -Spike"
"Spike, you're right."
"This is 'Bad.' (which is good)"