By Carolina de Busto
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
It's the summer of '69. Paul McCartney is working on a movie called The Magic Christian and trying to break The Iveys, the best band on his bruised Apple label. The three Welshmen (Pete Ham, Mike Gibbons and Ron Griffiths) and a Liverpudlian (Tom Evans) are as talented as they are mismanaged, so Paulie offers them a song, "Come and Get It." With it the band finally channels all their Motown and British Invasion urges into something nobody thought of before. That something was power pop; that band became Badfinger.
And here you thought they were a Beatles knock-off. Right, them and every other pop band since 1965. But the best of Badfinger's '70s singles -- "Come and Get It," "Without You," "No Matter What," "Day After Day," "Baby Blue" and "Hold On" -- are as sparkling and weightless as satellites -- and just as doomed to burn. Lawsuits and depression gutted the band; Ham and Evans wound up suicides. Only Joey Molland (who joined the band in 1970) remains, which may not be enough for some, though hearing a set of perfect rock songs should be. Respect, power-pop people, respect.
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