Rick Springfield has just teamed up with Badfinger‘s Joey Molland for a remake of the band’s “Love Is Gonna Come At Last.” The tune is a taster for a full-length covers project featuring various artists, which will include his new version of guitarist Molland’s 1979 favorite from Badfinger’s comeback album, Airwaves. Molland is also on the new version supplying vocals and bass guitar. Springfield posted a message on Facebook stating, “Badfinger has always been one of my all-time favorite bands. In fact, I am often asked by journalists ‘What is the one song you had wished you had written?’ and my answer is ‘Baby Blue’. What a perfect song! Their music was and is immortal.” The full-length Badfinger covers set will be released later this year with contributions from Springfield, Badfinger producer Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, Matthew Sweet, Sonny Landreth, among others.
Although Badfinger was a massively successful band in the early-’70s, Joey Molland remembers the group making a conscious decision not to be seen as “sellouts” to it’s fans: [“In the past, when we achieved success initially, we weren’t like a bunch of pop stars, or something, achievin’ success and wanting the ego gratification of it. We were simply a rock band writing songs, and playing the music, and makin’ records. Or course we wanted to be, we wanted to be successful, but we didn’t want to be poncing around and doing all that rock n’ roll star stuff. We turned down Madison Square Garden and all the big venues because we thought we couldn’t give our fans as good show in a place that big. The sound systems just didn’t work.”] SOUNDCUE (:33 OC: . . . just didn’t work)
- In addition to being considered the forefathers of “power pop,” Badfinger is best known for their handful of major hits, including the Top Tens — 1970’s “Come And Get It,” which was written and produced by Paul McCartney; and the Pete Ham-written classics “No Matter What” also from 1970; 1971’s “Day After Day,” which was produced by George Harrison; and 1972’s “Baby Blue, which peaked at Number 14.
- Guitarist Pete Ham and bassist Tommy Evans co-wrote Harry Nilsson‘s 1972 Number Two hit “Without You,” which has gone on to become the group’s biggest copyright. Badfinger’s original version is on their 1970 No Dice album.
- Badfinger, while still named the Iveys, was first discovered by the Kinks‘ Ray Davies prior to signing with the Beatles‘ Apple label in 1968.
- Due to insurmountable business problems, which lead to their depression, both Pete Ham and later, Tommy Evans, hanged themselves in 1975 and 1983, respectively. Drummer Mike Gibbins died in 2005 of natural causes.
- Last fall, sole surviving Badfinger member Joey Molland teamed up with famed Ringo Starr‘s former producer Mark Hudson for his first new album in a decade, called Be True To Yourself.
CHECK IT OUT: Rick Springfield’s 2021 version of Badfinger’s “Love Is Gonna Come At Last” with Joey Molland:
CHECK IT OUT: Rick Springfield on February 12th, 2017 performing Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” live in Collingswood, New Jersey: