Badfinger 3/9/21

Coming on March 26th is Badfinger‘s No Matter What – Revisiting The Hits collection, according to Loudersound. The project, which is spearheaded by sole-surviving member Joey Molland, features contributions from such heavyweights as the band’s former producer Todd RundgrenRick SpringfieldJethro Tull‘s Ian AndersonYes Rick WakemanMatthew SweetVanilla Fudge frontman Mark SteinTerry Reid, and Albert Lee, among others.

Rick Springfield said of his participation on the set, “Badfinger have always been one of my all-time favorite bands. In fact, I am often asked by journalists, ‘What is the one song you had wished you had written?’ and my answer is (Pete Ham‘s) ‘Baby Blue.’ What a perfect song! Their music was and is immortal.”

Although many groups in the late-’60s and early-’70s preached peace, togetherness, and brotherhood, guitarist Joey Molland says that he, Pete Ham, Tommy Evans, and Mike Gibbins were literally a living and breathing example of a type of “Rock Socialism”: [“We were tied together, yeah, by those agreements, by that band feeling — we did share everything. And everything and anything to do with the band was owned by everybody in the band. Badfinger was like some kind of throwback or something, I don’t know. It was like we all formed a band when we were in school, or something. And we hung out together, we lived together — we did everything together, went to shows. We didn’t sit in each other’s lap, or anything like that, but we slept on each other’s couches (laughs) that’s for sure.”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . that’s for sure)

Joey Molland, who played lead guitar on “Baby Blue,” told us that unlike other bands who have four very strong writers within the group, he and Pete Ham — the two dominant forces in Badfinger — meshed well, both with their material and their signature power pop guitar sound: [“Pete and I both liked to play lead. And what would happened would normally happen, if Pete had a song, then I would normally play lead on it — like, I play lead on ‘No Matter What’; ‘Better Days’ — Pete played the lead on that. And we worked together very well, there was no kind of conflict between us. He liked the way I played, I like the way he played and we were completely different kinds of players.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . kinds of players)

The tracklisting to ‘Matter What – Revisiting The Hits’ is:

“No Matter What” – with Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge
“Come And Get It” – with Rick Wakeman
“I Don’t Mind” – with Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams
“Day After Day” – with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Terry Reid & The Manchester String Quartet
“Love Is Gonna Come At Last” – with Rick Springfield
“Baby Blue” – with Matthew Sweet
“Midnight Caller” – with The Legendary Pink Dots
“Suitcase” – with Sonny Landreth
“Sweet Tuesday Morning” – with Albert Lee
“Without You” – with Todd Rundgren

TL; DR

  • Coming on March 26th is Badfinger‘s No Matter What – Revisiting The Hits collection. The project, which is spearheaded by sole-surviving member Joey Molland, features contributions from Todd RundgrenRick SpringfieldJethro Tull‘s Ian AndersonRick Wakeman, and Matthew Sweet, among others.

FAST FACTS

  • In addition to being considered the forefathers of “power pop,” Badfinger is best known for their handful of major hits, including the Top Tens — 1970’s “Come And Get It,” which was written and produced by Paul McCartney; and the Pete Ham-written classics “No Matter What” also from 1970; 1971’s “Day After Day,” which was produced by George Harrison; and 1972’s “Baby Blue, which peaked at Number 14.
  • Guitarist Pete Ham and bassist Tommy Evans co-wrote Harry Nilsson‘s 1972 Number Two hit “Without You,” which has gone on to become the group’s biggest copyright. Badfinger’s original version is on their 1970 No Dice album.
  • Badfinger, while still named the Iveys, was first discovered by the Kinks‘ Ray Davies prior to signing with the Beatles‘ Apple label in 1968.
  • Due to insurmountable business problems, which lead to their depression, both Pete Ham and later, Tommy Evans, hanged themselves in 1975 and 1983, respectively. Drummer Mike Gibbins died in 2005 of natural causes.
  • Last fall, sole surviving Badfinger member Joey Molland teamed up with famed Ringo Starr‘s former producer Mark Hudson for his first new album in a decade, called Be True To Yourself.