Interviews no image

Published on July 5th, 1998 | by Gerry Galipault

0

Badfinger has that Special Touch

There are more deserving groups for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than Badfinger, says original guitarist Joey Molland, but he would be honored just the same to be mentioned in the same breath.

“We had a few hit records,” Molland said recently from his home in Shorewood, Minn., “but we certainly didn’t establish any new style or anything like that.

“The people that we’ve had the pleasure to work with have been such mega-people that our achievements seem small. In comparison, you think of guys like Neil Young or John Lennon. These are the monsters, the giants. We did music to the best of our ability, we wrote the best songs we could, but that’s what it was.”

Many Badfinger fans would disagree. They would say Molland and his band mates – Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Mike Gibbins – were the definitive power-pop group of the 1970s whose influence extends well into the 1990s. For many, Badfinger helped soften the blow of the Beatles’ breakup in 1970.

“Perhaps we did, in a way,” Molland said. “We certainly played a similar kind of music and being raised up the same way, coming from the same place. It’s great to be included in the same sentence as them, really.”

The reason Badfinger didn’t reach superstar status, Molland said, was that the band didn’t go out of its way to sell itself.

“We kind of let the music stand on its own,” he said. “Like we never put on the albums who played on the albums, even though we had people like George Harrison playing. We never tried to capitalize on those affairs.

“We were an honest band. We were honest in the music and with our audience. I don’t think we ever conned them out of anything. And we never wore spandex.”

Molland still performs, touring the country as Joey Molland’s Badfinger.

BWF (before we forget): Originally known as The Iveys, Badfinger was signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records in 1969; “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What” and “Day After Day” went Top 10 in the early ’70s, while the Todd Rundgren-produced “Baby Blue” peaked at No. 14 in 1972; Ham and Evans wrote “Without You,” a No. 1 for Nilsson in 1972; the group disbanded after Ham committed suicide in 1975. They reformed in 1978, with Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye. Evans committed suicide in 1983.

Tags: ,


About the Author

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑
  • BEST OF THE WEB

     

    Entertainment Weekly names Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”

  • Album Release Dates

    March 22, 2019 » Jenny Lewis, Lambchop, Dean Lewis, Mötley Crüe, Lucy Rose, Jack Savoretti, Bad Suns, Ibibio Sound Machine, Dale Ann Bradley, Sleeper, Robin Trower, American Football, etc.

    March 29, 2019 » George Strait, Billie Eilish, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jake Owen, Suzi Quatro, Lang Lang, L.A. Guns, Mekons, Son Volt, O.A.R., UNKLE, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Music From Season Two,” etc.

    April 5, 2019 » Sara Bareilles, Khalid, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Mike + The Mechanics, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Gino Vannelli, Weyes Blood, Lissie, Amanda Cook, Rod Melancon, Molly Tuttle, Idlewild, The Drums, Circa Waves, etc.

    April 12, 2019 » BTS, Norah Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Bruce Hornsby, LSD, The Chemical Brothers, Jackie Evancho, Glen Hansard, Emma Bunton, Bonnie Tyler, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Shovels & Rope, Silverstein, John Paul White, etc.

    April 19, 2019 » Cage the Elephant, The O’Jays, Bananarama, Lizzo, JOHNNYSWIM, Jade Bird, Sad Planets, Wand, etc.

    April 26, 2019 » The Cranberries, MARINA, Rob Thomas, George Benson, JJ Cale, Alan Parsons, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Local Natives, Justin Moore, Jack Ingram, Nils Lofgren, The Mountain Goats, Foxygen, Josh Ritter, Rodrigo y Gabriela, etc.

    May 3, 2019 » Vampire Weekend, Bad Religion, Corey Hart, L7, Bad Religion, Judah & The Lion, New Found Glory, The Felice Brothers, Big Thief, Joy Williams, Pile, Little May, Pheeyownah, etc.

    May 10, 2019 » Mac DeMarco, Mavis Staples, Whitesnake, Rodney Atkins, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Maps, Jamila Woods, The Get Up Kids, Clinic, Charly Bliss, etc.

    More New Releases» May 17 and Beyond


    Elton John loves Pauseandplay.comDeals of the Day Best SellersVinyl Gift Guide$5 Digital Albums

  • New Merch at Hot TopicSave on Tablets at Walmart.comBand T-ShirtsTurntables & AccessoriesHome Audio SystemsAmazon Tap $40 OffSave up to 90% on Textbooks

    NOTE: Pauseandplay.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. We also participate in other affiliate programs.

  • Love Pauseandplay.com? We do, too … Help us keep it going. (Every little bit helps.) We ♥ u.




  • Recent Posts

  • Connect on Facebook

  • On Twitter