Rush (Big Audio Dynamite II song)

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"Rush"
Big Audio Dynamite II - Rush.jpg
Single by Big Audio Dynamite II
from the album The Globe
ReleasedJune 1991
Recorded1990/1991
GenreAlternative rock, alternative dance
Length4:17
LabelColumbia
656667-2 / 657640 2
Songwriter(s)Mick Jones
Producer(s)Mick Jones, Andre Shapps
Big Audio Dynamite singles chronology
"Free"
(1990)
"Rush"
(1991)
"The Globe"
(1991)

"Rush" is a song by English band Big Audio Dynamite II from their album The Globe. The song samples several musical compositions, including the keyboard component of The Who's song "Baba O'Riley", the organ from the introduction to the Deep Purple song "Child in Time", a drum break from Tommy Roe's "Sweet Pea", drums and guitars from a break in Pigmeat Markham's "Here Comes the Judge", a line from The Sugarhill Gang's song "Rapper's Delight" where Big Bank Hank raps "a time to laugh, a time to cry", and a vocal sample from Peter Sellers in Fred Flange's song "You Keep Me Swingin'", where Sellers talks about "rhythm and melody". A longer version of "Rush", entitled "Change of Atmosphere", had previously appeared on the group's 1990 album Kool-Aid, to little notice.

"Rush" was a number-one hit on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in 1991, becoming the chart's most successful hit of 1991, and it also topped the Australian and New Zealand singles charts. In the United Kingdom, "Rush" was originally released as the B-side to the 1991 re-release of The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go". The A-side was immensely popular due to its inclusion in a Levi Strauss & Co. advert, causing it to climb to number one on the UK Singles Chart. The sleeve art for the 7" and CD singles displayed the Clash on the front, and BAD II on the rear. The record label displays "Should I Stay or Should I Go" as side "A" and "Rush" as side "AA", making it effectively a double A-side release.

Track listings[edit]

"Should I Stay or Should I Go / Rush" – CD single

  1. "Should I Stay or Should I Go" – 3:06
  2. "Rush" – 3:58
  3. "Protex Blue" – 1:45
  4. "Rush" (Dance Mix) – 8:00

"Rush" – 7" vinyl

  1. "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11
  2. "Rush" (New York Remix) – 3:55

"Rush" – 12" vinyl

  1. "Rush" (New York Club Mix) – 5:50
  2. "Rush" (New York Instrumental Mix) – 5:51
  3. "Rush" (New York 12" Mix) – 7:57
  4. "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11

"Rush" – UK CD single

  1. "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11
  2. "Rush" (New York Club Mix) – 5:50
  3. "Rush" (New York 12" Mix) – 7:57
  4. "City Lights" (Full Length) – 7:47

"Rush" – US CD single

  1. "Rush" (Album Version) – 4:17
  2. "Rushdance" – 8:04
  3. "City Lights" – 7:44
  4. "Rush" (Live) – 5:45

Official versions[edit]

  • "Rush" – 3:58
  • "Rush" (Album Version) – 4:17
  • "Rush" (7" Original Version) – 3:11
  • "Rush" (Dance Mix) – 8:00
  • "Rush" (New York Remix) – 3:55
  • "Rush" (New York Club Mix) – 5:50
  • "Rush" (New York Instrumental Mix) – 5:51
  • "Rush" (New York 12" Mix) – 7:57

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[11] Gold 5,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

The "New York City Club Version" remix of "Rush" was featured in the 1993 Mike Myers' film So I Married an Axe Murderer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Big Audio Dynamite II – Rush". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1666." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Charts.nz – Big Audio Dynamite II – Rush". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Big Audio Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Big Audio Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Big Audio Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Big Audio Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b "1991 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ Harrington, Richard (January 1, 1992). "1991's Chart-Toppers: Garth, Mariah & C C". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  10. ^ "End of Year Charts 1992". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  11. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Big Audio Dynamite – Rush". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

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