Friday, March 13, 2015

"Electricland" by Bad Company

Song#:  1195
Date:  10/02/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  74
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This UK blues rock band was basically a supergroup made up of former members from other successful bands including Free, Mott the Hoople, and King Crimson. The quartet's self-titled debut album sparked quite a bit of interest, thanks in part to the #5 single "Can't Get Enough" (1974), and it soared to #1. The LP would eventually sell over 5 million copies on the US alone. Their success continued throughout the 70s, but their first album of the 80s, "Rough Diamonds," would be their least successful outing. Although this single would reach #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart, it couldn't do much at pop and the album took a tumble after a minor #26 peak. It was a tumultuous time for the band and they finally succumbed to their issues and broke up. "Rough Diamonds" would serve as the final album with the original lineup. A new version of the band would have some success in the early 90s grabbing a few chart singles including the #16 "If You Needed Somebody" (1990).

ReduxReview:  Bad Company certainly had some great songs and Paul Rodgers is a terrific rock vocalist, but this is not one of their shining moments. I find the song plodding and kind of boring. Even Rodgers seems a bit uninterested. They certainly needed something better than this to create buzz around the album. The snooze factor on this one rates about an 8 on a scale of 1 (wide awake) to 10 (comatose).

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  It is often written that the band got their name from the 1972 Western film "Bad Company," which starred Jeff Bridges. However, lead singer/guitarist Paul Rodgers stated in an interview that it actually came from an old Victorian book of morals that he had seen. Apparently there was a picture of a young child looking at a rough street dweller with a caption that read "beware of bad company."


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