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Hit Month (Australia): 1991
Song Author: Mick Jones
Year Recorded: 1990
Record Label: Columbia Records
Label Number: 657640 2
Rush (BAD song)

Single by Big Audio Dynamite from the album The Globe
Released June 1991
Recorded 1990/1991
Genre Alternative rock
Alternative dance
Length 4:17
Label Columbia
656667-2 / 657640 2
Writer(s) Mick Jones
Producer Mick Jones
Andre Shapps

"Rush" is a song by Big Audio Dynamite II from their album The Globe. It was a number-one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in 1991, as well as topping the Australian and New Zealand singles charts.

In the UK, "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. This single reached 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.

A version of Rush, entitled Change of Atmosphere, had previously appeared on the group's 1990 album Kool-Aid, to little notice.

"Rush" was subsequently released as a standalone Big Audio Dynamite II single (as illustrated).

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

The song samples several other songs including the keyboard component of The Who's song "Baba O'Riley," the organ from the introduction to Deep Purple song "Child in Time", a drum break from Tommy Roe's "Sweet Pea", drums and guitars from a break from 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 featuring Fred Flange's song "You Keep Me Swingin'" featuring Sellers talking about "rhythm and melody".

Australia ARIA Singles Chart 1