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Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Postby Chris » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:23 am

Badfinger featuring Joey Molland – Saturday at 5pm

Joey Molland – vocals, guitar
Mark Healey – bass, vocals
Steve Wozny – keyboard, vocals
Mike Ricciardi – drums

Badfinger was originally known as The Iveys. The band formed in 1961 with members Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths, and David Jenkins in Wales. Eventually Mike Gibbins would join the band on drums and Tom Evans would take Jenkins place on guitar. In 1968, the band became the first non-Beatle artist to signed with The Beatles’ Apple label. They would record songs for an album, including “Come and Get It,” which was written and produced by Paul McCartney, and change their name to Badfinger. Shortly after recording the album, Griffiths was replaced on vocals and guitar by Joe Molland. “Come and Get It” was a world-wide hit and reached #7 in the US. The album, Magic Christian Music, would arrive in 1970 and go to #55 on the charts. Later in 1970, the band released the album No Dice. The album went to #28 on the charts behind the #8 hit “No Matter What.” It also contained the song “Without You,” which would later become a #1 hit for Harry Nilsson and #3 hit for Mariah Carey. Straight Up followed in 1971 and contained their biggest hit, the #4 “Day After Day,” as well as the #14 hit “Baby Blue.” That would be their last top 20 hit and the last big hit by the band on the Apple label. The band released the album * in 1973, the fourth and last album for the band on Apple. The album only reached #122 and the song “Apple of My Eye” failed to the the top 100 after topping out at #102. Two more albums, both on the Warner label, came in 1974 but just cracked the top 200. The second album, Wish You Were Here, was only out for seven weeks when it was pulled from the shelves due to a lawsuit between the band and Warner Brothers music. Molland left the band during this time. The remaining members recorded another album at the time titled Head First, but it wasn’t released until 2000. Ham committed suicide in 1975 and the band disbanded. Molland and Evans reformed the band in 1979 and released Airwaves to little fanfare and Say No More in 1981. That album contained “Hold On,” which was the last top 100 hit for the band when it reached #56. Molland would reform the band over the years and is now the last living member of the original band. The band, now known as Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, will be making their 2nd appearance at Moondance Jam. They were one of the first national bands to ever play at the jam, appearing at Moondance Jam II in 1993 along with Head East and Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Album Charts
1970 Magic Christian Music #55
1970 No Dice #28
1971 Straight Up #31
1973 * #122
1974 Badfinger #161
1974 Wish You Were Here #148
1979 Airwaves #125
1981 Say No More #155

US Hot 100 Chart Singles
1969 Maybe Tomorrow #67
1969 Come & Get It #7
1970 No Matter What #8
1971 Day After Day #4
1972 Baby Blue #14
1973 Apple of My Eye #102
1979 Love is Gonna Come at Last #69
1981 Hold On #56

Setlist
April 18, 2014 in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Baby Blue
Suitcase
I Don’t Mind
Money
Flying
I Goy You
Come and Get It
Midnight Sun
Midnight Caller
Long Way Home
Take It All
Without You
Better Days
Sweet Tuesday Morning
We’re for the Dark
Hero
Vampire Wedding
Moolah Rey
No More
No Matter What
Walk Out in the Rain
Mean Jemima

My Take
For me, Badfinger was always one of those bands that I would sing along too but I couldn’t really tell you a song by the band. That changed when I watched the finale of Breaking Bad, in my opinion one of the best TV shows ever made. Their song, “Baby Blue,” played as the series ended and after that I had to own the song. I got online and found their album Straight Up for $5 and downloaded it. I am looking forward to hearing that song as any song that will be played this year at the jam. To my surprise, there are several other great songs on the album, most notably their hit “Day After Day” and one of my favorites by them, “Take It All.” I always thought the band sounded like the Beatles as well, which is fitting since they were originally signed to The Beatles’ Apple label. Heck, “Come and Get It” just screams Beatles, perhaps since it was written and produced by none other than Paul McCartney. To my surprise, they also originally wrote and recorded the song “Without You,” which was a huge hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. Nilsson’s version is sung with so much emotion I was surprised he didn’t write the song himself. I have included links to all 3 versions below! That is a great song that I’m guessing most people at the jam will have no idea is originally their song. These songs, as well as their hit “No Matter What,” will provide many opportunities for the crowd to sing along.

Did You Know?
“Come and Get It” was written and produced by Paul McCartney.
The band recorded the song under McCartney’s production in under an hour.
McCartney played percussion on the song and piano on another songer, “Rock of All Ages.”
Three songs on their debut were featured in the movie The Magic Christian.
In 2013, “Baby Blue” made it to #14 on the “Hot Rock Songs” Billboard 100 chart after being featured in the series finale of Breaking Bad.
It was also featured in Martin Scorsese’s film The Departed in 2006.
Their song “Without You” was a #1 Billboard for Harry Nilsson in 1971 and a #3 hit for Mariah Carey in 1994.
Paul McCartney once dubbed the song “the killer song of all time.”
The song has been covered by over 180 artists and has made more money for the band than any other song.
“No Matter What” was also covered by multiple artists, most notably Def Leppard in 2005.
Leon Russell played piano and George Harrison played slide guitar on the song “Day After Day.”
After being pulled from the shelves due to a lawsuit in 1975, the album Wish You Were Here was released again in the US until 2007.
The album Head First, originally recorded in 1974, wasn’t released until 2000.
It was recorded shortly after Molland left the band.
Moondance Jam veteran Todd Rundgren produced the album Straight Up.

Videos
Baby Blue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C53QAuOoSgc
No Matter What - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xoke1wUwEXY
Day After Day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XonFZjuyc6E
Without You (Badfinger) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyBS_1vGwpU
Without You (Harry Nilsson) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bQGRRolrg0
Without You (Mariah Carey) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hat1Hc9SNwE
Come and Get It - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk57K4OGrAg
Take It All - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opIB-61NPHw
Walk Out in the Rain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7w2K9kq3mM
Suitcase - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0IEzGTsKR8
Flying - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89X1xJsXzi0
Sweet Tuesday Morning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXE-u8ILjOU
Better Days - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBIkycKXy_s
Midnight Caller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwbMPln6YOE
We’re For the Dark - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjIlx7PrGpA
Midnight Sun - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzJP-0xv_dU
Money - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdtQbe7LM0Y
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Re: Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Postby ShermanND » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:18 am

Great job, Chris, as usual! Always enjoy your take and learn so much about the bands. Looks like another band you need to be there from the beginning if "Baby Blue" is the first song.
Another fabulous 5 pm band this year. My only problem with Bad Finger being at 5 pm is that 5 pm sets are cut short. In my opinion they should have been 7pm and Wallflowers at 5pm
but maybe they wanted to play early so they could get to their next gig. Thanks again for all your writes so far :D
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Re: Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Postby Chris » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:42 pm

ShermanND wrote:Great job, Chris, as usual! Always enjoy your take and learn so much about the bands. Looks like another band you need to be there from the beginning if "Baby Blue" is the first song.
Another fabulous 5 pm band this year. My only problem with Bad Finger being at 5 pm is that 5 pm sets are cut short. In my opinion they should have been 7pm and Wallflowers at 5pm
but maybe they wanted to play early so they could get to their next gig. Thanks again for all your writes so far :D


You are welcome! I enjoy doing it and I always find out something I didn't know. I had no idea of the Beatles' connection to Badfinger. I also didn't know Harry Nilsson's huge hit "Without You" was actually their song!
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Re: Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Postby DrJim » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:47 pm

Thanks Chris.
Day after Day not on the set list?
What the heck?
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Re: Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Postby DrJim » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:53 pm

Interesting stuff on Day after Day - their biggest hit:

The song was written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by George Harrison, who plays some of the slide guitar parts of the song along with Ham.[2] The record also features Leon Russell on piano. As the song was unfinished at the time Harrison left the Badfinger album to produce the Concert for Bangladesh, the final mix was done by Todd Rundgren, who took over Straight Up after Harrison's departure. Because of all of the overdubs, Badfinger was hesitant to play this song live for years, since it was impossible for a four-piece group to reproduce the single production. However, the song was included in the setlist for Badfinger's 1974 tour.
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Re: Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Postby gopherboy6 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:59 pm

Another great review, lots of info I didn't know. Fun stuff.
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Re: Badfinger featuring Joey Molland

Postby tlucke2006 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:37 am

Listened to all their full albums all day yesterday on YouTube. You are right Chris, they sound a lot like the Beatles. Some very good music and I like their tie in with Paul McCartney (whom I won't be going to see this year) :cry: Looking foward to hearing them at the Jam! Good review Chris!
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