Disclaimer: this page is not written by from the point of view of a Badfinger ripple chords and lyrics and is not generally intended for narrow-perspective Badfinger fanatics. If you are deeply offended by criticism, non-worshipping approach to your favourite artist, or opinions that do not match your own, do not read any further.
If you are not, please consult the guidelines for sending your comments before doing so. I don’t know if they’re coming through on the acoustic guitars, but it’s an Apple band, Badfinger’. That’s the way George Harrison introduces these lads on the famous Concert For Bangla Desh, and although he didn’t really mean it, this saying pretty much defines everything important about Badfinger. Now first of all, let’s get some things straight.
Beatles legacy’ claim was, frankly speaking, nothing but hype, due more to the band’s image and close association with the Beatles than to their actual songwriting, arranging and lyrical abilities. Their melodies were solid, but not exceptional and definitely not groundbreaking. Moreover, I just don’t buy all the talks about Badfinger ‘continuing the spirit of the Beatles’ simply because there is no such thing as the ‘Beatles spirit’. Badfinger never bothered with finding anything new, instead retreading into the happy pop formula of, well, the Beatles somewhere around 1964-65.
But don’t get me wrong: I have no hard feelings towards the band, and I’d even say that they’re pretty underrated. Not exactly forgotten, but rarely given their due by music listeners. Trust me, they’re at least more exciting than Oasis could ever hope to be. Badfinger were a fascinating band just because of their very nature – youthful, naive, charming, and humble, far from both the metaphysical pretentions of arrogant progrockers, the macho poses of hairy hardrockers, and the fake superstar complexes of shining glamrockers. They just wrote simple love and life songs, and had enough talent to make them likable, memorable and exciting. From this is born the style known as “power-pop”. Finally, while most of their albums are indeed rife with filler, Badfinger have still left behind a more or less solid musical heritage.