Bad Company" is a song by the hard rock band Bad Company. It was released as the third single from their debut album in 1974, although it did not chart (in America). Co-written by the group's lead singer Bad Company Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, the song's meaning comes from a book on Victorian morals. The song uses the same chords and piano figure as [1 ] Joni Mitchell's song " Woodstock" from 1970.
It is also a rare instance of the artist, album, and song names being the same. Other examples include "
Black Sabbath", , " Iron Maiden Motörhead", , Electric Wizard , " Pennywise Children of Bodom", , Damn Yankees , Bang Camaro , Deicide , and " Iced Earth Living in a Box".
Timothy McVeigh—the terrorist responsible for the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City—was quoted as saying that, as he fled the site of the bombing, he thought of a specific "Bad Company" lyric: "...dirty for dirty", heard towards the end of the song. Many websites describe this, but confuse that short phrase within a song as the title for another song.
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This song is also heard in the 2006 episode of
series The CW , titled " Supernatural Scarecrow".
It is also heard in "
Home Away From Homer", episode 20 of the sixteenth season of where The Simpsons Ned Flanders moves to a new town and becomes a "rebel" by keeping an untrimmed mustache.
Tori Amos performed the song at a number of concerts in 1994 and 1996. [2 ]
Bill Champlin did a cover of the song that was featured in season 2, episode 9 of (1990). The title of the episode is "Bad Company". The Young Riders
In the beginning of the 7th book of his
Dark Tower series, , The Dark Tower Stephen King quotes the lines "I was born 6-gun in my hand, Behind a gun I'll make my final stand".
, the song is frequently faded up to drown out callers who have proven to be poor company. The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
It also appears in the 1992 film
. Crossing the Bridge
Garth Brooks covers the song on his box set . Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
The South African trio of Mark Haze, Dozi and Ghapi (from
season 7 of Idols South Africa) recorded a cover version on their album "Rocking Buddies" in 2013. [3 ]
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Five Finger Death Punch version [ edit ]
Five Finger Death Punch frequently performs a cover of this song live, and recorded the song for their second album . The song has a significantly heavier tone to it, along with several lyrical edits ("I was born War Is the Answer a shotgun in my hands", "the death punch sound is our claim to fame"). The song is used by Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta and San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
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"The Devil's Own"
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