Musical palate cleanser, life ain’t fair edition

If a band ever deserved a better fate than it got, Badfinger surely qualifies.  Their history is one of rock’s saddest, especially because they created some brilliant music.  Here’s one of my favorites, their second big hit, “No Matter What”.

Amazingly enough, “the hierarchy at Apple reportedly was not inclined to release it in any format.”  Go figure.

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17 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, life ain’t fair edition

  1. J.R. Clark

    To be fair to Apple, The Beatles, and Badfinger, April 1970 was not the best time. Paul announced the breakup on April 10.

    https://www.beatlesbible.com/1970/04/10/paul-mccartney-announces-the-beatles-split/

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  2. Salty Dawg

    I liked this song when it came out and I still do! I thought it was strange that we didn’t hear much from them after their hits. It’s a great sing along song.

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  3. My wife and I saw what was left of Badfinger at The City Winery maybe 5 years ago. The lead guitarist, Joey Molland, who was also a harmony singer, was the only original still left.He had 3 younger guys with him. Surprisingly, they were very good. The original rhythm guitarist and bassist, who split lead vocals, both commited suicide many years ago as a result of their manager totally scewing them. I think the drummer died from natural causes more recently.

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  4. Scotty King

    Baby Blue is another fantastic song by Badfinger!

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    • This is a pretty impressive run: Badfinger had four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: “Come and Get It” (written and produced by Paul McCartney, 1970), “No Matter What” (produced by Mal Evans, 1970), “Day After Day” (produced by George Harrison, 1971), and “Baby Blue” (produced by Todd Rundgren, 1972).

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      • wilcodawg

        Baby Blue makes me think of my mom – my little brother’s band used to cover it just for her…the original is so subtle.

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  5. David D

    Life ain’t fair and that goes double for the music industry. For every shitty band like ______________ (insert Creed, Nickelback or your fav), there’s 10 bands more deserving to make it big.

    And then, there’s the poster-band for the ultimate screw-job which is Badfinger. These guys were great. Just try and figure out some of their chord progressions on songs like “Baby Blue” and there’s real genius there.

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    • Derek

      Jimi Hendrix: November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

      Janis Lyn Joplin: January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970

      Otis Redding: September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967

      Sam Cooke: January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964

      Marvin Gaye: April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984

      Barry Manilow: June 17, 1943-

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  6. Texas Dawg

    Day After Day is still one of my all time favorites.

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  7. They also wrote and recorded “Without You” for their LP “No Dice.” IMO, it’s better than Nilsson’s hit version.

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