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Kool-Aid is an album by Big Audio Dynamite II. It was their first album under this name and with this line-up, which had been totally changed by the band leader Mick Jones himself in 1990. This was a UK-only release. Several of the songs appeared on the group's next worldwide release, The Globe, albeit in reworked form. Among them is this album's lead-off song "Change of Atmosphere", which was reworked into the group's number 1 hit "Rush".

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Studio album by
Released1 November 1990
Recorded18 June 1990
GenreRock, alternative dance, alternative rock, dance-rock
ProducerMick Jones
Oliver "Olimax" Maxwell
André Shapps
Big Audio Dynamite II chronology
Megatop Phoenix
The Globe
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Trouser Press, said that, "with a relatively loose feel and concept, Kool-Aid is Jones' most diverse outing ever, a limited-edition eight-song stopgap offering two acoustic ballads, acid-dance, techno-rock, Kraftwerk samples and even Laurie Anderson-styled poltergeist vocals, as well as a remixed (and retitled) version of "Free," the band's contribution to the Flashback soundtrack."[2]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Change of Atmosphere"Mick Jones7:41
2."Can't Wait"Mick Jones5:04
3."Kickin' In"Dan Donovan, Mick Jones6:38
4."Innocent Child"Mick Jones6:38
Side two
5."On One"Mick Jones4:52
6."Kool-Aid"Mick Jones, Gary Stonadge5:30
7."In My Dreams"Nick Hawkins, Mick Jones, Gary Stonadge8:28
8."When the Time Comes"Mick Jones, Gary Stonadge7:10


  • C.J., Dave Mercer, Mike Campbell - engineer
  • Adam "Flea" Newman - "dynamite"


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Review: Kool-Aid. Allmusic. Retrieved on 27 May 2011.
  2. ^ :: Big Audio Dynamite