Revenge Recommends: "Warriors of Genghis Khan" by Bad News

Bad News was a joke rock band invented for a couple of mock rockumentaries for the "Comic Strip Presents..." comedy series on Channel 4. "The Comic Strip Presents...Bad News" was aired in 1983, a year before "Spinal Tap," a similar comedy project.

There was also a sequel "The Comic Strip Presents...More Bad News" aired in 1988, following the release of an eponymous album produced by Brian May in 1987. In 1988 the band also played the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, an apperance that was included in the second film. This part of the program also features appearances by Fish, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Elliot, Phil Collen, and Lemmy, who later appeared in another cameo role in "The Comic Strip Presents...South Atlantic Raiders II" (1990).

The memebers of Bad News were:
Vim Fuego (Alan Metcalfe), vocals, lead guitar, played by Adrian Edmondson
Colin Grigson, bass, played by Rik Mayall
Den Dennis, rhythm guitar, played by Nigel Planer
Spider Webb, drums, played by Peter Richardson

The songs used in the first program include Bad News, The Motorbike Song (aka Doing A Turn Down The Highway), and Mr Rock N Roll. These were written by Adrian Edmondson and Simon Brint. The second program included Warriors of Genghis Khan and Hey Hey Bad News, both by Edmondson and Drink Till I Die by Nigel Planer.

Although meant as a joke band, some of the music stands up very well, especially Warriors of Genghis Khan, which is frequently covered by real rock and metal bands, including Graveyard JohnnysNasty Disaster, Clawfinger, The Soho Cobras, Street Legal, and Rosetta Stone, among others.

Colin Liddell
Revenge of Riff Raff
14th March, 2011

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