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110.  Badfinger

The term heir apparent is used far too often in Pop Culture. Lou Gehrig may have proved to be the rightful heir to Babe Ruth in the Yankees, but while Eric Lindros had a decent hockey career, his original nickname of the “Next One” (In reference to Wayne Gretzky’s moniker of the “The Great One”) was a title he couldn’t quite live up to. If Rock and Roll had a career equivalent it might be the band once thought to be the heir to the Beatles; Badfinger.

The comparison to the Beatles came quite naturally. Originally signed to Apple Records and with their first hit (Come and Get it) penned by Paul McCartney, it appeared as if Badfinger could pick up where the Beatles left off. The early 70’s saw them create albums that were considered to be part of the early Power Pop genre which also yielded some of the finest harmonies and craftsmanship of the decade. Sadly, with all the success they had, Badfinger received only a mere fraction of what they were entitled and amidst legal red tape they were disabled by the suicide of their creative leader Pete Ham. Okay, not exactly a career ended by concussions, but a career cut short and left wondering what could have been.

 


Badfinger

www.badfinger-iveys.com (Tribute Site)


Should Badfinger be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 85.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.7%
No opinion. - 0.6%
No way! - 1.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1995
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Swansea, Wales)
  • Why they will get in: As Power Pop pioneers and a connection to the Beatles, an induction is not impossible.
  • Why they won't get in: They are more though of as a footnote in musical history than a vital cog.
  • Essential Albums: Magic Christian Music (1970)
    No Dice (1970)
    Straight Up (1971)
    Ass (1973)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Rock of All Ages (From Magic Christian Music, 1970)
    Maybe Tomorrow (From Magic Christian Music, 1970)
    Without You (From No Dice, 1970)
    Day After Day (From Straight Up, 1971)
    Baby Blue (From Straight Up, 1971)

Should Badfinger be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 85.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.7%
No opinion. - 0.6%
No way! - 1.8%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 19:08

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+5 #3 Paul 2015-04-20 17:57
They practically invented the power pop genre of rock with "No Matter What" – still one of the greatest power pop songs ever written and covered by many, many bands over the years. Pete Ham and Tom Evans could've been the Lennon-McCar tney songwriting team of the 70's had bad management not got in the way. No Dice and Straight Up remain to this day two of my favorite albums of the early 70's.
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+2 #2 R Hugh Sirius 2015-01-11 01:24
Wrong finger. :sad:
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+8 #1 Scott 2013-01-18 20:37
Even this article and voting failed to give Badfinger the credit it deserves. They contributed to the Harrison album "All Things Must Pass" and "The Concert for Bangladesh". They sang back-up on the Ringo Starr song "It Don't Come Easy". Their songs still receive a lot of airplay and are covered by musicians to this day. Can't say that as much about Grandmaster Flash. Pete Ham was one of rock music's great composers.
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