Called Carbon/Silicon with tony James from Sigue Sigue sputnik. I have little doubt that it'll be vaguely disappointing, yet I will of course purchase it.
I love Mick Jones. I mean I really do. I always felt warmer toward him in The Clash that the slightly inpenetrable passionate stance of Joe Strummer. It was Mick Jones who sang, as he says here in this interview, Lost inthe Supermarket" aswell as "Stay Free" and others which seemed to be the more 'kitechen sink' type Clash songs: slightly (!) sentimental and romantic views of working class teenagerhood in a changing London. I will always remember that The Clash were still going with the whole crew (although I think Topper Headon wasn't drumming) when I was 12, which was the year that Owen was allowed to go and see his first gig. I, being a girl, had to wait utnil I was 14, and even then I could only go with Owen.
So I missed seeing The Clash, but to makeup for it I saw B.A.D. an enormous amount, and it was them (as well as The Clash) that really broadened my music taste. Their support acts in the early days tended to be rap, and they rocked the house - the London Posse, Whodini, it was like a masterclass in good hip hop. And then then, the good natured big brothers came to the stage in Don Letts, Leo "Eazee-kill" Williams, Dan Donovan, Mick Jones and the other bloke. They used to do "1999" as an encore which I just came over since it was a complete validation to my sceptical brother of how utterly fantastic Prince was (although I never really convinced him until he, like everyone else realised that "Parade" kisses the higher atmosphere of brilliance).
Anyway. Listening to BAD now it's really not that good apart from the first and bits of the second album, but neverthless, I had my red B.A.D. baseball cap for years, and when Jones nearly died and spent weeks in hospital with, I think itwas Meningitis or Encephalitis, I phoned CBS a few times and got through to their press office to see if they knew how he was.
Good luck with the new band, Mick!