A very good band that I still enjoy today. They were definitely mismanaged and under appreciated in their time.Try- Best of Badfinger & Badfinger live at the Cleveland Agora .
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Great post! I played in a classic rock band up through the late 90's and we always included "No Matter What" and "Baby Blue" (I think we played it in C) in our club sets...real crowd pleasers. I remember people often coming up and talking about how Badfinger was one of their all time favorite bands. I agree that they should have a well deserved place in the RR Hall of Fame!
They were basically sponsored by the Beatles, and McCartney/Lennon wrote "No matter what." Badfinger was an alright group but to compare them to the Beatles is LOL. They played the same style of music as the early Beatles but had nowhere near equal talent whether it came to songwriting, singing, or musical growth. I do, however, prefer them to Oasis who I consider very overrated.
Actually, Lennon/McCartney did NOT write "No Matter What." That was a Pete Ham composition. You're probably thinking of "Come and Get It," Badfinger's first hit, which was written by McCartney.
Though it helped in the short-term, I think in the long term Badfinger's association with the Beatles was a hindrance to their legacy. They were never allowed an identity beyond their link to the Beatles, and I think that persists to this day. They were supremely gifted musicians--four talented singers AND songwriters, just like the Beatles--and, while I don't think they were as talented as the Beatles (who was?), they were pretty damn close. If a few things had gone their way--if they had had better management; if Pete Ham and Tom Evans hadn't committed suicide; if they had been allowed an identity beyond the Beatles--who knows what their legacy would be today. But, as it stands, they're widely (and erroneously) regarded as a decent little pop band that the Beatles helped discover and which had a few hits in the early '70s. There's so much more to their legacy, but few seem to care enough to look.
Try out Magic Christian Music. Carry On Till Tomorrow, Walk Out In the Rain, Angelique, Knocking Down Our Home, Dear Angie, etc, etc,.... just about every song is awesome. I first heard this album as a soundtrack to the film, The Magic Christian, in 1970. Ringo Starr was lead actor! I just have to hear this album at least once a month. Too bad Pete Ham left us much too early.