BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

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Which is the toppermost of the poppermost

Baby Blue
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50%
Day After Day
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50%
 
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BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Still Baron » 09 Jan 2019, 20:50

Two versions of power pop perfection from the same Badfinger record. Which do you choose? The chunky perfection of "Baby Blue" or the more slippery "Day After Day?"





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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Sneelock » 09 Jan 2019, 20:52

Baron, it was the seventies. We all looked like dorks.
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Charlie O. » 09 Jan 2019, 20:55

Today, this moment: "Baby Blue"
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 09 Jan 2019, 21:02

am I the only one going for Day After Day?

Power pop perfection they were a great band but totally mismanaged and ripped off.

Even their later albums had some good tunes.
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Count Machuki » 09 Jan 2019, 21:21

Walk In My Shadow wrote:am I the only one going for Day After Day?

Power pop perfection they were a great band but totally mismanaged and ripped off.

Even their later albums had some good tunes.


Definitely 'Day After Day'
Get me every time, even if I very slightly prefer this live version that doesn't have that gloopy George Harrison slide thing all over it.

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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jan 2019, 21:36

I prefer 'Baby Blue'. Neither are great though, it's middling stuff. Neither are anything like as good as 'No Matter What'.

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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby John aka Josh » 09 Jan 2019, 21:50

Walk In My Shadow wrote:am I the only one going for Day After Day?

Power pop perfection they were a great band but totally mismanaged and ripped off.

Even their later albums had some good tunes.








Maybe tomorrow I might orefer Baby Blue, but for now, no matter what others might chose, the apple of my eye today is Day after Day.




Agree with you about the later albums, I think they eponymous album is generally under rated and Wish You Were a gem, though that does get many plaudits nowadays. Still get pleasure from Head First, though it's not one I play often.

I didn't bother with Airwaves - should I?
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Quaco » 09 Jan 2019, 23:15

Both very nice. Prefer "Baby Blue" because it has a bit more to it, with the bridge and everything. I agree with G that neither is in the same realm as "No Matter What".
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Sneelock » 09 Jan 2019, 23:41

me too. dynamite track. I'll never get tired of that one.

I remember when the last episode of "Breaking Bad" aired that "Baby Blue" topped I-Tunes for a while.
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Scally Mcgrew » 09 Jan 2019, 23:50

John aka Josh wrote:
Walk In My Shadow wrote:am I the only one going for Day After Day?

Power pop perfection they were a great band but totally mismanaged and ripped off.

Even their later albums had some good tunes.








Maybe tomorrow I might orefer Baby Blue, but for now, no matter what others might chose, the apple of my eye today is Day after Day.




Agree with you about the later albums, I think they eponymous album is generally under rated and Wish You Were a gem, though that does get many plaudits nowadays. Still get pleasure from Head First, though it's not one I play often.

I didn't bother with Airwaves - should I?


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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby fange » 09 Jan 2019, 23:54

The Modernist wrote:I prefer 'Baby Blue'. Neither are great though, it's middling stuff. Neither are anything like as good as 'No Matter What'.


Yeah this. 'Baby Blue' is closer though.
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Still Baron » 09 Jan 2019, 23:54

fange wrote:
The Modernist wrote:I prefer 'Baby Blue'. Neither are great though, it's middling stuff. Neither are anything like as good as 'No Matter What'.


Yeah this. 'Baby Blue' is closer though.


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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby fange » 09 Jan 2019, 23:59

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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Charlie O. » 10 Jan 2019, 00:07

I've never really understood the cult of "No Matter What". It's okay, but I'd easily choose any song from Straight Up over it.
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Postby fange » 10 Jan 2019, 00:44

That's because you're willfully recalcitrant, Charlie. But i still love you. :) xo
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Bent Fabric » 10 Jan 2019, 11:59

I like em both, for sure (and, much like "No Matter What", they are now are as every bit as radio worn in my market as, say, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made..)" or "All Right Now").

There's something scrappy and slightly ragtag about "Baby Blue" that I really like - the instruments aren't QUITE in tune, and the drummer is going pretty heroic (ala Jody Stephens) whenever he gets a chance.

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Postby 50 Shades Of Blue » 10 Jan 2019, 13:38

This thread motivated me to listen to the 18 track 1st disc of the expanded "Straight Up" album
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby John aka Josh » 10 Jan 2019, 21:02

Scally Mcgrew wrote:
John aka Josh wrote:
Walk In My Shadow wrote:am I the only one going for Day After Day?

Power pop perfection they were a great band but totally mismanaged and ripped off.

Even their later albums had some good tunes.








Maybe tomorrow I might orefer Baby Blue, but for now, no matter what others might chose, the apple of my eye today is Day after Day.




Agree with you about the later albums, I think they eponymous album is generally under rated and Wish You Were a gem, though that does get many plaudits nowadays. Still get pleasure from Head First, though it's not one I play often.

I didn't bother with Airwaves - should I?


Nice Iveys reference there, John.




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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Still Baron » 11 Jan 2019, 03:45

For me it has to be "Baby Blue." It's weird, whenever I listen to "Straight Up" (my favorite of the Badfinger records I've heard), the other tunes seem to drag a little, basking in the creepy earth tones of the record jacket. But "Baby Blue" always slips by, almost under the radar. But when you hear it independently, it leaps out. It's just a gem, with the perfectly distorted guitar chugging through and eventually ringing out as the song picks up pace, slipping out at 3:30. I love power pop. I hate "power pop." This is everything I want it to be. Apart from some "Radio City" moments from Big Star, it's peerless.

"Day After Day" is great too, but there is something ineffably "Dan Fogelberg" that sits uneasily with me. I think it's the fucking tinkly piano bits. Still, I wouldn't blame anyone for choosing it. It's really magical when it picks up steam, adding instruments and vocals, and the Harrison licks in the middle of the song are gorgeous. Fuck off.

There's nothing wrong with "No Matter What." Badfinger Top 5? Probably. But it seems much more direct. Less to dig in to. More "power pop."
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Re: BADFINGER Power Pop Showdown

Postby Diamond Dog » 11 Jan 2019, 08:00

The Modernist wrote:Neither are great though, it's middling stuff. Neither are anything like as good as 'No Matter What'.


Precisely. I think I prefer "Day After Day" and the George slide....
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