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"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. 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
Tori Amos performed the song at a number of concerts in 1994 and 1996.
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.
In the fourth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, Keicho Nijimura's stand, Bad Company is named after the band.
Five Finger Death Punch cover
Five Finger Death Punch frequently performs a cover of this song live, and recorded the song for their second album War Is the Answer. 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.
|2.||"The Devil's Own" (Live)||4:54|
|1.||"Bad Company (Radio Edit)"||3:57|
|2.||"Bad Company (Album Version)"||4:23|