talmat1958 wrote:The Beatles gave them their break, but the Beatles (or, Apple) basically KILLED them, too.
Anyone who likes good, melodic, harmony-laced rock would LOVE Badfinger.
tal', the Beatles did end up neglecting them, but then they had their hands full with their own backyard of problems at the time. Lest we forget, the Beats also gave James Taylor his break but then neglected him as well.
JT booked for Warner Bros. (as did Badfinger) and has proven to be an enduring talent, and Badfinger certainly could have done likewise dontcha think? By some freaky quirk, 2 of those Badfinger dudes had struggles with mental/emotional stability--but then so had Taylor.
I mean look at Lennon, at that time "Beatleness" had so ravaged him (not to mention childhood issues) that he himself submitted to Janov's Primal Scream Therapy (not sure that PST was the proper treatment for him
!). JAY-EMM-OH, but it seems to me that the real tragedy with Badfinger was, for whatever reasons, untreated mental illness.
I so hate the social stigma that hinders such people from getting help.
While I'm thinking about it, something I came across the other day as I perused my Beatle lit---Right when the Beatles got BIG in '64, John had an encounter with his father and gave him the brush off because his dad had abandoned him virtually his whole childhood. Well at some point in '65/66, the Beatles were invited to a costume party and John then invited his dad to come along. They both had a roaring good time getting drunk, and ended the party laughing and dancing with each other for a few numbers!!! Funny, true story!!