Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Christian Hill, Oct 10, 2019.
I'm going to have to buy it again.
what happen to your copy? I still have mine...but, I do prefer the studio version best...
I lost it a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
been there and it sucks...I've even lost a CD in my home! LOL...still can't find it. : )
More hits than Richie Valens.
You can make a case for them; their hits have certainly had legs; Breaking Bad ended with Baby Blue; Without You gets murdered annually on American Idol; I got into Wish You Were here late and its truly a great album as is Straight Up.
But Ritchie Valens passed at the age of 17, less than 9 months into his career.
I think Valens had released 3, maybe 4 singles, and no albums before the plane crash.
Badfinger had done 6 albums by the time Pete Ham committed suicide a few days short of his 28th birthday in 1975.
I think Valens was a bit more influential, at least in America, than Badfinger was.
Generally, I go by Innovation, Influence, Critical Success, and Commercial Success.
Innovation: Forerunners to what would come to be known as power pop. So there’s that
Influence: Of course, God knows how many times “Without You” has been covered, and they have influenced the likes of Matthew Sweet, Jellyfish, Oasis, The dBs, and The Artful Dodger.
Critical Success: Generally very well regarded critically
Commercial Success: Limited commercial success in their time, but their material has had some legs in later years, both through material being covered as well as the inclusion of “Baby Blue” in the finale of Breaking Bad.
Overall, Badfinger has a case for at least nomination.
As influential as Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers? I think not
Badfinger has definitely made it into my personal hall of fame... one of the great groups. Pete Ham's demos are better quality and of more interest than many groups' full studio recordings!
I'm glad to have a few of the live concerts that circulated in mid 90's on cassette.
Still love the BBC double vinyl release from StrangeFruit/Apple that was issued.
thanks for posting this!
They'll get around to Badfinger eventually. The years keep rollin' by, and it's not like new rock bands are tumbling out of garages...
MN , I know exactly what you mean by this. Exactly.
I love them, but if I am honest with myself, I'd say they were more an "influenced" band than an "influential" one. If you like them it's probably because you like the Beatles and they carried the baton after the breakup.
Not the garages, but the corporate offices...
You figure that in the next few years, stars such as Britney Spears, N’Sync, The Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera
will be eligible for nomination. Maybe the Clearchannel / IHeartMedia exec will be pushing for the pop stars of the turn of the century. Then we can watch the backs of the heads of the followers of this forum exploding throughout the land!
As much as I love Badfinger, I think their span of influence and their fan base are too narrow for inclusion.
They had hits but they weren't big enough to have the name recognition that other bands with a handful of hits, also they haven't really had the benefit of a modern artist singing their praises.
I like their albums but HOF. Can’t we just call them a good band! Richard Valens because he was there in the early days and first big Latino rocker to make it. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Los Lobos covered many of his songs before the movie and I think they are a great band.
Here's another cool version of "Day After Day" Live that aired on a tv program in UK back in '72 and all this time it's basically sat in vault until a few years ago.
Great band. I don't think they'll ever get honored in Cleveland, but they are in my RRHOF, for whatever that is worth.
If they never do put them in it's not a huge loss as who's left other than Ron Griffiths, and the guy that replaced him, Joey Molland? Dai Jenkins maybe? They should be in there but how much could it really mean at this point? Pet Ham and Tom Evans should be in a songwriting hall too.
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