Instead of Badfinger, they should have called themselves Bad Deal because that's what they got.
Starting out as the Iveys and having little success, Badfinger was signed by The Beatles' Apple Records. Paul McCartney wrote their first worldwide hit "Come and Get It" for Ringo's film (also starring Peter Sellers), Magic Christian.
The Beatle connection haunted the band. If you didn't look real close, they sorta, kinda, maybe, looked like a younger version of the Fab Four. People tended to hear Beatle trappings. But the comparisons were usually unflattering.
Starting in '71 Badfinger produced four great songs. They were melodic Rockers "No Matter What," "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue." The fourth was a Pete Ham and Tom Evans ballad "Without You." While originally recorded by Badfinger, it was re-done by John Lennon's buddy Harry Nilsson. His version went to #1 on the pop charts. That didn't really sit too well with the group.
Leaving Apple in '74, or walking away from the label's self-demolition, Badfinger signed with Warner Records. Of course, the six-figure advance disappeared. No real mystery, their management took it. Now consumed by financial troubles, Ham left the group. The following year, depressed over everything that had happened, he visited his accountant, who told him he was broke. He then went home and hung himself.
Badfinger was done. Drummer Mike Gibbins did session work and guitarist Joey Molland formed a band that opened for Peter Frampton.
In the late '70s there were attempts to revive Badfinger. The surviving members even hit the road. Following an '83 U.S. tour, Evans, exhausted from battling for his share of songwriting royalties, especially for "Without You," followed Ham and committed suicide by hanging.
1970 Magic Christian Music Soundtrack
1970 No Dice
1971 Straight Up
1974 Wish You Were Here
1981 Say No More
1990 Day After Day: Live
1997 BBC In Concert 1972-1973
Badfinger's second and third albums, "No Dice" and "Straight Up,"mark their brief period at or near the top. These two albums have their major hits ("No Matter What" on "No Dice" and "Baby Blue" and "Day After Day" on "Straight Up").
The "Magic Christian" soundtrack has the Paul McCartney penned "Come and Get It" but little else to recommend it. After "Straight Up," Badfinger was swallowed in the morass of financial and personal troubles.
"Come and Get It: The Best of Badfinger" delivers the hits and vital LP tracks. "Volume 2," digs deeper into the group's solid catalog. The two compilations prove Badfinger is sorely under-rated.