Badfinger- Straight Up 45th Anniversary- 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. Badfinger 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 )

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