Monday, August 26, 2013

"Hold On" by Badfinger

Song#:  0511
Date:  02/28/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  56
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This Wales band, originally called The Iveys, had a tumultuous history. Signed to The Beatles' Apple Records (as The Iveys), the group's first album pretty much sank. Then Paul McCartney got involved and wrote/produced the song "Come and Get It." This, along with the name change, sparked interest and the single reached #7 in 1972. Two more albums and Top 10 singles would follow, but soon the band was in trouble. They hired a business manager whose dealings eventually left the band with no money and they were forced to find a new label when Apple fell apart. Their new deal with Warner had its own issues including lawsuits that stopped the promotion of their second album for the label that basically shut down the band. All of this was too much for one band member, Pete Ham, who committed suicide in 1975. The band disintegrated after that but ended up reuniting to release "Airwaves" in 1979. Their follow-up album, "Say No More," featured this chart single. Both would be the last from the group. Unfortunately, group member Tom Evans would also commit suicide in 1983. It certainly was a tough road for this band.

ReduxReview:  I always have to refresh myself when it comes to Badfinger songs.  I see their hit song titles and I think I haven't heard them. Then about 2 seconds into the song it pops right back. They certainly sound very Beatles-like. This particular song I wasn't familiar with, and considering the peak I'm not surprised. Too bad as it's a good tune. They still have that slight Beatles-y feel to them, but not as an imitation. It's almost like a cross of Beatles and Supertramp. I can dig it.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The unfortunately deceased Pete Ham and Tom Evans co-wrote the song "Without You," first recorded by the band in 1970. Then Harry Nilsson did his version a year later and it became a #1 hit.


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