Artist: Bad Company

Bad Company ~ Bad Company

bad_companyBad Company were an English blues rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). Bad Company was managed by Peter Grant, who had also guided Led Zeppelin to massive success. The band enjoyed great success throughout the 1970s.

The band split up in 1982, but was re-formed in 1986.  By this time, Paul Rodgers was engaged in a new supergroup called The Firm, so the three remaining members hired ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Brian Howe as the new lead singer, Steve Price as the new Bass player and Greg Dechert (ex-Uriah Heep) on keyboards.  The band had limited success mainly because it sounded rather contrived with a pop-rock flavor.  Howe left the band in 1994.

The remaining band members hired Robert Hart, ex-Distance vocalist, and released one album in 1995 that tanked.

In 1998, Paul Rodgers returned to Bad Company between 1998 and 2002 to put together a compilation album with four new songs.  The new tracks appeared on the 1999 compilation album called The Original Bad Company Anthology which crawled to #189. Many fans were displeased with the track listing which left off many hits, although a number of rare tracks did appear. Bad Company toured with Paul Rodgers for only 30 dates in the U.S.; the tour drew well.

Bad Company

Bad Company” is a song from the hard rock band Bad Company. It was released as the third single from their debut album Bad Company in 1974, although it did not chart (in America). Co-written by the group’s lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, the song’s meaning comes from the movie of the same name featuring Jeff Bridges and Barry Brown. The introductory three chords of the song are also in the movie. The Joni Mitchell song “Woodstock” from 1970 uses the same chords and piano figure.

It is also a rare instance of the artist, album and song names being the same. Other examples include “Black Sabbath”,”Iron Maiden”, “Motörhead”, “Electric Wizard”, Pennywise, “Children of Bodom”, “Damn Yankees”, “Bang Camaro”, “Deicide”, “Iced Earth” and “Living in a Box”.

Timothy McVeigh, the terrorist responsible for the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, was quoted as saying as he fled the site of the bombing that he thought of a specific ” Bad Company” lyric, “…dirty for dirty,” heard towards the end of the song. Many websites describe this, but confuse that short phrase within a song as the title for another song.

The following video is from the April 11, 2010 concert at Wembly Arena in London.  Since Boz Burrell died in 2006,  the three remaining original members were accompanied by  former Heart guitarist Howard Leese and bass guitarist Lynn Sorensen.

Bad Company - Simon Kirke, Paul Rodgers

Company Always on the run
Destiny is the rising sun
Oh I was born 6-gun in my hand
Behind a gun I’ll make my final stand
That’s why they call me

Bad company
And I can’t deny
Bad company
Till the day I die
Till the day I die
Till the day I die

Rebel souls
Deserters we are called
Chose a gun and threw away the sun
Now these towns
They all know our name 6-gun sound is our claim to fame
I can hear them say

Bad company
And I won’t deny
Bad Bad company
Till the day I die
Till the day I die
SOLO

Bad
Bad company
I can’t deny
Bad company
Till the day I die
And I say it’s
Bad company Oh Yeah—Yeah
Bad company
Till the day I die Oh Yeah

Tell me that you are not a thief
Oh But I am
Bad Company
It’s the way I play
Dirty for dirty
Oh Somebody Double-crossed me
Double-cross
Double-cross

Yeah
We’re Bad company
Kill in cold blood

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Ready for Love ~ Bad Company

bad_companyBad Company were an English blues rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). Bad Company was managed by Peter Grant, who had also guided Led Zeppelin to massive success. The band enjoyed great success throughout the 1970s.

The band split up in 1982, but was re-formed in 1986. By this time, Paul Rodgers was engaged in a new supergroup called The Firm, so the three remaining members hired ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Brian Howe as the new lead singer, Steve Price as the new Bass player and Greg Dechert (ex-Uriah Heep) on keyboards. The band had limited success mainly because it sounded rather contrived with a pop-rock flavor. Howe left the band in 1994.

The remaining band members hired Robert Hart, ex-Distance vocalist, and released one album in 1995 that tanked.

In 1998, Paul Rodgers returned to Bad Company between 1998 and 2002 to put together a compilation album with four new songs. The new tracks appeared on the 1999 compilation album called The Original Bad Company Anthology which crawled to #189. Many fans were displeased with the track listing which left off many hits, although a number of rare tracks did appear. Bad Company toured with Paul Rodgers for only 30 dates in the U.S.; the tour drew well.

Ready for Love

Ready for Love was originally recorded by Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs during his tenure with Mott the Hoople and appeared on their “All the Young Dudes” album in 1972, but became a classic hit when re-recorded by Bad Company in 1974.

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Walkin’ down this rocky road
Wondering where my life is leadin’
Rollin’ on, to the bitter end
Finding out along the way
What it takes to keep love living
You should know, how it feels my friend

Ooh, I want you to stay
Ooh, I want you today
I’m ready for love
Oh baby, I’m ready for love
Ready for love
Oh baby, I’m ready for love
Yeah
Ohhh, for your love

Now I’m on my feet again
Better things are bound to happen
All my dues, surely must be paid
Many miles and many tears
Times were hard but now they’re changing
You should know that I’m not afraid

Ooh, I want you to stay
Ooh, I want you today
I’m ready for love
Oh baby, I’m ready for love
Ready for love
Oh baby, I’m ready for love
mmmmm
Oh I’m ready for love
Ahh, hey ey ey
Ready for your love

Ooh, I want you to stay
Ooh, I want you today
I’m ready for love
Oh baby I’m ready for love
Ready for love
Oh baby I’m ready for love
Ready for love
Oh baby I’m ready for love
Ready for love
Oh baby I’m ready for your love
Ahhh ha aahhh ah
Wooa Oh oh oh Woa
I’m ready for your love
Oh baby
mmmmm mmmm mmm

  • Audio from the 1974 album, Bad Company:

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How About That ~ Bad Company

Bad Company were an English blues rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). Bad Company was managed by Peter Grant, who had also guided Led Zeppelin to massive success. The band enjoyed great success throughout the 1970s.

The band split up in 1982, but was re-formed in 1986.  By this time, Paul Rodgers was engaged in a new supergroup called The Firm, so the three remaining members hired ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Brian Howe as the new lead singer, Steve Price as the new Bass player and Greg Dechert (ex-Uriah Heep) on keyboards.  The band had limited success mainly because it sounded rather contrived with a pop-rock flavor.  Howe left the band in 1994.

The remaining band members hired Robert Hart, ex-Distance vocalist, and released one album in 1995 that tanked.

In 1998, Paul Rodgers returned to Bad Company between 1998 and 2002 to put together a compilation album with four new songs.  The new tracks appeared on the 1999 compilation album called The Original Bad Company Anthology which crawled to #189. Many fans were displeased with the track listing which left off many hits, although a number of rare tracks did appear. Bad Company toured with Paul Rodgers for only 30 dates in the U.S.; the tour drew well.

How About That

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last night
when the moon was new
I couldnt sleep
i was thinking of you
and how much I need ya

how bout that?

I act like like I’m tougher than steel
with a heart like stone
but ya know it ain’t real
I really need you baby

how bout that?

oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh how bout that?

I used to spend my life on the town
it took your lovin to turn me around
I’m crazy about ya

how bout that?

people used to tell ya im a crazy fool
but you taught me more than I could learn in school..
(I said) I really need ya baby..

how bout that?

if ever you need time and space
dont run away just tell me face to face yeah

(chorus)
oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
how bout that? (how bout that)
oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
how bout that?
(baby)
oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
how bout that? (yeah)
oh baby..

(guitar solo)

yeah
when I think back how it used to be
before we met is just a mystery
I cant live without you , no

how bout that?

but you got my heart
and you got my soul
you got my whole life under control
looks like we made it yeah

how bout that?

and everythime I see your face
it lightens up the whole damn place
and I wanna see this whole thing through
yeah theres nothin I wont do for you oh yeah

oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
how bout that? (how bout it baby)
oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
how bout that? (tell me)
ooooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
how bout that (how bout it baby)
oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
yeah

last night when the moon was new
I couldnt sleep
I was there looking at you
yeah i’m glad that I found ya

how bout that?

everythime i see your face
it lightens up the whole damn place
and I wanna see this whole thing through
and I wanna spend my life with you oh yeah
ooooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
how bout that

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