Big Audio Dynamite is blowing up again 

When ex-Clash guitarist Mick Jones — with his old bandmate Paul Simonon — guest-starred on the recent Gorillaz album “Plastic Beach,” the experience proved much more inspiring than he’d initially expected.

when Jones heard that Damon Albarn and company had been huge fans of his electronic-edged, post-Clash ensemble with Don Letts, Big Audio Dynamite, it flipped a creative switch inside. And if you didn’t get the message from the Outside Lands listings this year, Yes, it’s true — Big Audio Dynamite, or B.A.D. to their boosters — is back with its original lineup, touring and slotted in at the festival here in town Aug. 12.

As Jones tells it now, he somewhat regretted never doing an official Clash reunion. Any possibility, of course, was nixed with the untimely passing of his co-frontman Joe Strummer, at age 50, back in 2002.

But now he can execute a full-scale reunion jaunt with the 1985-97 B.A.D., who announced their official return this January before debuting at the Coachella festival in Indio this spring. It was the band’s first stateside show in 20 years. And as a friendly reminder of their legacy, Sony Legacy has reissued their landmark debut “This Is Big Audio Dynamite” in a special two-disc edition.

In Jones own B.A.D. vernacular, “Party down, kick the cat/The hardcore life is where it’s at!”

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