Bad Company (song)

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"Bad Company"
Single by Bad Company
from the album Bad Company
Released1974
RecordedNovember 1973
GenreHard rock
Length4:50
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Bad Company
Bad Company singles chronology
"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.

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 two, episode nine 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 Idols South Africa VII) 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"
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Single by Five Finger Death Punch
from the album War Is the Answer
ReleasedMay 17, 2010
Recorded2009
Genre
Length4:22
LabelProspect Park
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Kevin Churko
Five Finger Death Punch singles chronology
"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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bad Company by Bad Company Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  2. ^ "Tori Amos Song Summary". Toriset.org. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-05-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Scores With 'Bad Company'". Blabbermouth.net. 28 June 2010.
  5. ^ HARSHCORE, ROD (19 January 2011). "Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company, Is It As Good As The Original?". yellmagazine.com.
  6. ^ Tinsman, Brian. "Drew Storen Discusses Politics of Pitcher Entrance Songs in Baseball". CBS.
  7. ^ "Pitcher Jake Arrieta". Baltimore Sun.
  8. ^ "In a season of some necessary transition, Bumgarner, Posey and the Giants' new puzzle pieces are beginning to come together". Times-Standard. June 28, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch". Billboard. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2010.

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