V. Thirteen

Big Audio Dynamite

About V. Thirteen

"V. Thirteen" is a song by English band Big Audio Dynamite, released as both a 7" and 12" single from their second studio album, No. 10, Upping St. (1986). "V. Thirteen" was one of 5 tracks that former Clash lyricist and lead vocalist Joe Strummer co-wrote with Mick Jones on the album who also co-produced the album, including this single, with Jones. Following the disappointing sales of "C'mon Every Beatbox", "V. Thirteen" was released as the second single from the album, charting slightly higher by peaking at No. 49 on the UK Singles Chart, and No. 15 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs. 


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Good morning Sodom and Gomorrah, good morning sinners
No, that wasn't your radio set on the bleep again
Sodom and Gomorrah, let the DJ play
'Cos I'm only gone tomorrow and here today

Lotta rockheads on the block
Dougie died and Sue got frocked
If the stove is hot, then I ain't lost
And Rosa says my star is crossed

Little Jamie writes V. Thirteen
Comes in by the door, goes out by screen
He don't listen to me, he knows everything
Girls on the avenue ask me to sing

Sodom and Gomorrah, let the DJ play
'Cos I'm only gone tomorrow and here today

The paper drags and folds me down
Like a paper cup, I fly around
I've been eating food that ain't been checked
And the Russian rain is beating down my neck

Screen blackout on the southern war
Cue talk breakdown on point forty four
There must be a place, the preacher says, "I guess"
But a drifter will tell you, no place is best

Shout for all the people who have nothing to say
'Cos we're only gone tomorrow and here today

Was a one-off dirt jam when England came good
One night in a thousand, they've played knock on wood
We used to go roamin', go roamin' around
When you don't look for something, it's sure to be found

Sodom and Gomorrah, let the DJ play
'Cos I'm only gone tomorrow and here today
Shout for all the people who have nothing to say
'Cos we're only gone tomorrow and here today

Sodom and Gomorrah, let the DJ play
'Cos I'm only gone tomorrow and here today
Yes, I'm only gone tomorrow and here today
Sodom and Gomorrah, this is London gov

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Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) is a British musical group formed in 1984 by the ex-guitarist and singer of the Clash, Mick Jones. The group is noted for its effective mixture of varied musical styles, incorporating elements of punk rock, dance music, hip hop, reggae, and funk. BAD's one constant throughout frequent shifts in membership and musical direction is the vocals provided by Mick Jones. After releasing a number of well received albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Big Audio Dynamite disbanded in 1997, but had a reunion tour in 2011. more »

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Band Background
"V. Thirteen" is a song by British band Big Audio Dynamite that was formed in 1984 by Mick Jones, former guitarist, vocalist, and co-founder of the rock band The Clash.
Album Information
The song "V. Thirteen" is included in the band's second studio album called "No. 10, Upping St." which was released in 1986.
The album "No. 10, Upping St." including the song "V. Thirteen" was produced in collaboration with Joe Strummer, Mick Jones's former bandmate in The Clash.
Music Style
"V. Thirteen" showcases Big Audio Dynamite's unique blend of punk rock, reggae, and dance music, with elements of hip-hop, funk, and electronic music.
Song Length
The track "V. Thirteen" has a duration of 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
Like most of the tracks in the album, "V. Thirteen" was written by Mick Jones and Joe Strummer.
Critical Reception
Though not one of Big Audio Dynamite's most commercially successful songs, "V. Thirteen" has been praised by music critics for its creative fusion of diverse music styles. It became a cult favorite among fans of the band.
"V. Thirteen" is often cited as an important part of the band's transition from their punk rock roots to a more experimental sound that incorporated various elements from different genres.
The lyrics of "V. Thirteen" are reflective of the band's social commentary, with themes touching on political activism, societal issues, and cultural change.
Live Performances
"V. Thirteen" became a staple in the band's live performances, stirring enthusiasm among fans for its hard-hitting rhythms and striking lyrics.
Strummer and Jones Reunion
"V. Thirteen" is notable for being part of the album that marked the reunion of Joe Strummer and Mick Jones after their split from The Clash.
The album's title "No. 10, Upping St." where "V. Thirteen" is included, was a play on the address of B.A.D.'s management company, which was located at number 10, Upping Street.

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