Thursday, November 17, 2011

Forgotten Songs of the '60s: Badfinger

Forgotten Songs of the ‘60s: Badfinger

Many of articles and books have been written about Badfinger and their unbelievable streak of bad luck: bad business deals, suicides, backstabbing and everything else one could think of. But going through their catalogue certain songs demand reevaluation because they’re absolutely amazing. One of those songs is “Carry On ‘Til Tomorrow,” off their first record, Magic Christian Music.

The song begins like a lot of early Badfinger, with some light guitar chords and some beautiful harmonies courtesy of the entire band. Mining some lyrical territory that they would then strike gold with in the future, leaders Pete Ham and Tom Evans sing about coping with lost love and the necessary power to move forward. Ironically enough, both singer/songwriters ended up committing suicide bringing the band to a tragic and really unnecessary premature end.

Despite all that, the songs and the musical legacy of Badfinger have only improved over the years, which is the best thing that could have possibly happened to this band. But if you only like “Without You” or “Come and Get It,” then there is a lot more out there to discover and what better place to start than here.

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