Badfinger-Straight Up-Joey Molland,the late Mike Gibbins

If the Big Star story warrants box sets and  a documentary film, then the saga of Badfinger surely deserves a full-blown mini-series. Maybe the appearance of Badfinger’s hit “Baby Blue“( from the brilliant December 1971 Straight Up album ) in the finale of the hit cable series Breaking Bad generated enough buzz to get their tragicomic story into development. Certainly every element necessary is there in spades: working-class struggle; anointing by rock royalty the Beatles; hit songs “Come and Get It”( donated by Paul McCartney ), “No Matter What”,” Day After Day”,”Just a Chance“; intrigue, big money, bigger crooks, pathos, and heartbreaking suicides. Yes, plural. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Joey Molland and Badfinger drummer the late Mike Gibbins tell the dashed dreams of the ill-fated quartet in this classic rock interview. – Redbeard

(left rear- Joey Molland; left front-Mike Gibbins; right rear-Pete Ham; right front-Tom Evans )