I Against I

I Against I is the third studio album by the American rock band Bad Brains. It was released on November 21, 1986[1] through SST Records with the catalog number SST 065. The best-selling album in the band's catalog, I Against I is an album that mixes American hardcore punk with funk, soul, reggae and heavy metal. It is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album featured an MTV video for the title track directed by Paul Rachman who later went on to direct the documentary feature film American Hardcore.

I Against I
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1986[1]
GenreAlternative metal, funk rock, hardcore punk, punk rock, hard rock[2]
Length31:53
LabelSST (065)
ProducerRon Saint Germain
Bad Brains chronology
Rock for Light
(1983)
I Against I
(1986)
Live
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork9.3/10[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[6]
The Village VoiceB−[7]

The title I Against I presumably refers to the common Rastafarian phrase I and I, which is used in place of the first-person plural (i.e. we) to signify the union of the speaker, audience, and Jah (God) in love and peace.

At the producer's suggestion, the vocals to "Sacred Love" were recorded over the phone from the prison where H.R. was serving time on a marijuana distribution charge.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Paul Hudson, Darryl Jenifer, and Gary Miller except where noted.

  1. "Intro" (Jenifer, Miller) – 1:02
  2. "I Against I" – 2:50
  3. "House of Suffering" (P. Hudson, Miller) – 2:29
  4. "Re-Ignition" – 4:16
  5. "Secret 77" – 4:04
  6. "Let Me Help" – 2:17
  7. "She's Calling You" (P. Hudson, Jenifer) – 3:42
  8. "Sacred Love" – 3:40
  9. "Hired Gun" – 3:45
  10. "Return to Heaven" – 3:19

LegacyEdit

I Against I has influenced diverse rock artists. Ska punk band Sublime and its follow-up project, Sublime with Rome, frequently cover "House of Suffering" and bassist Eric Wilson said that I Against I inspired them to blend different genres.[8][9] The Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato named it one of the four albums that changed his life, as well as "a critical step" in shaping his vocal style.[10][11] Max Cavalera of Sepultura states that the beginning of 1996 song "Straighthate" was probably inspired by "I Against I" since his band admired the Bad Brains.[12] According to Harley Flanagan of the Cro-Mags, the verse riff in 1986's "The Age of Quarrel" was based on the last part of "I Against I".[13] Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine mentioned the album as one of his biggest influences.[14] Danko Jones called the title track "one of the greatest songs ever written as far as I'm concerned."[15] Beppo of German punk band Spermbirds affirmed, "I Against I had a huge impact on us, they taught us that you can also be hard by playing slow."[16]

"I Against I" has been covered by Jeff Buckley in 1992,[17] BoySetsFire and Brother's Keeper in 1999,[18][19] and Lamb of God in 2018;[20] "House of Suffering" has been covered by Sublime in 1995,[21] Machine Head in 1999[22] and The Bled in 2005;[23] "Let Me Help" was covered by Potshot in 2000;[24][better source needed] and "Sacred Love" was covered by Storm Large in 2014.[25] In 2019, Bad Brains rerecorded the title track with rapper Denzel Curry as a guest vocalist for a Spotify single.[26]

"Re-Ignition" has been sampled on "Daddy's Home" by Chubb Rock,[27] "Ice Man Cometh" by 2 Black 2 Strong MMG,[citation needed] "Ultrasonic Sound" by Hive (which later appeared on The Matrix soundtrack),[citation needed] and on a remix of the 2004 song "Roll Call" by Lil Jon and Ice Cube.[28] A live version of "Re-Ignition" was featured in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.[29] "Re-Ignition" appeared on a 2019 episode of Black Lightning.[30] The Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which names each episode after a 1980s song, named an episode after the song "I Against I".[citation needed]

AccoladesEdit

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1989 OOR Netherlands "The Best Albums of the 80s" 29 [31]
1995 Alternative Press United States "Top 99 Of '85 to '95" 9 [32]
1995 BigO Singapore "The 100 Best Albums from 1975 to 1995" 99 [33]
1999 Tylko Rock Poland "100 Albums that Shook Polish Rock" 39 [34]
2000 Terrorizer United Kingdom "100 Most Important Albums of the Eighties" [35]
2002 Revolver United States "The 69 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time" 32 [36]
2003 Blender United States "500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die" [37]
2004 Les Inrockuptibles France "50 Years of Rock'n'Roll" [38]
2005 Robert Dimery United States 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die [39]
2006 Gary Mulholland United Kingdom "261 Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco" [40]
2008 VOLUME France "200 Records that Changed the World" [41]
2008 Tom Moon United States "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die" [42]
2016 Loudwire United States "Top 80 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 1980s" 49 [43]
2016 Classic Rock United Kingdom "The 10 Essential Funk Rock Albums" [2]
"—" denotes an unordered list.

PersonnelEdit

Bad Brains
Production

Release historyEdit

Region Date
United States November 21, 1986
United Kingdom February 1987

ReferencesEdit

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