Bad Company (song)

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"Bad Company"
Single by Bad Company
from the album Bad Company
Released 1974
Recorded November 1973
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:50
Label Swan Song, Island
Songwriter(s) Simon Kirke, Paul Rodgers
Producer(s) Bad Company
Bad Company singles chronology
"Movin' On"
(1974)
"Bad Company"
(1974)
"Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
(1974)

"Movin' On"
(1974)
"Bad Company"
(1974)
"Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
(1974)

"Bad Company" is a song by the hard rock band Bad Company. It was released as the third single from their debut album Bad Company in 1974, although it did not chart (in America). Co-written by the group's lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, the song's meaning comes from a book on Victorian morals.[1] The song uses the same chords and piano figure as Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock" from 1970. It is an eponymous song.

In popular culture[edit]

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 The Young Riders (1990). The title of the episode is "Bad Company".

In the beginning of 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".

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]

In the fourth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, Keicho Nijimura's stand, Bad Company is named after the band.

Personnel[edit]

Five Finger Death Punch cover[edit]

"Bad Company"
FFDPBadCompany.jpg
Single by Five Finger Death Punch
from the album War Is the Answer
Released May 17, 2010
Recorded 2009
Genre Hard rock, alternative metal
Length 4:22
Label Prospect Park
Songwriter(s) Simon Kirke, Paul Rodgers
Producer(s) Kevin Churko
Five Finger Death Punch singles chronology
"No One Gets Left Behind"
(2010)
"Bad Company"
(2010)
"Far from Home"
(2010)

"No One Gets Left Behind"
(2010)
"Bad Company"
(2010)
"Far from Home"
(2010)

Five Finger Death Punch frequently performs a cover of this song live, and recorded the song for their second album War Is the Answer.[4][5] The song has a significantly heavier tone to it, along with several lyrical edits ("I was born a shotgun in my hands", "the death punch sound is our claim to fame"). The song has been used as entrance music by Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta and San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.[6][7][8]

Track listing[edit]

UK Digital Download
No.TitleLength
1."Bad Company"4:22
2."The Devil's Own" (Live)4:54
Promo CD
No.TitleLength
1."Bad Company (Radio Edit)"3:57
2."Bad Company (Album Version)"4:23

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard) 2
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 7
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 26
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)[9] 11

Band members[edit]

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