There are some bands who have a rich and successful legacy of music but which one does not think about as often as one does about other musicians. Such is the case with Bad Company. I happened to see an advertisement for a concert they headlined with the band .38 Special as a special guest, and I was struck by the fact that I did not know how successful they had been as a band, given that I know and like the music of .38 Special . When I investigated their history as a supergroup featuring members from bands like Free and King Crimson with a somewhat complicated lineup history  and also looked at their success on the album charts over the course of their career, I realized that this was a band that deserved a lot more attention than they have tended to be given with regards to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and that they have the sort of resume that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has often tended to induct in the past . That sort of resume means it is worth explaining a bit about the band’s history and context in a way that is not always necessary with more familiar acts.
The Influence Of Bad Company
Bad Company is an example, like that of the Moody Blues , of a British band that had more success stateside than in their home country, which is not the usual occurrence. With previous experience in groups like Free, Urijah Heap, Ted Nugent, and King Crimson, the members of Bad Company pulled off a feat that some bands  have not been as successful in–having a band with the same name as their debut album and a single from their album. Aside from their own success as a band, the members of Bad Company not only were from influential backgrounds, but even after their initial time in Bad Company, members of the band helped form other bands (like the Firm) or aided and collaborated with exiting bands, like Paul Rodger’s work with Queen, and the band’s history of touring with other notable groups like .38 Special and Lynyrd Skynrd. The work of Queen + Paul Rodgers in the aftermath of Freddie Mercury’s death alone would be worthy of raising the work of Bad Company to a higher level of attention than it would otherwise receive, but for whatever reason they are not generally considered among the biggest snubs of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Why Bad Company Belongs In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Surprisingly for a British supergroup, the band only notched three top 40 hits in the UK, but the influence of the group on the American charts was far more profound. From 1974 to 1992, Bad Company sent the following songs to the US top 40: “Can’t Get Enough (#5),” “Movin’ On (#19),” “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad (#36),” “Feel Like Makin’ Love (#10),” “Young Blood (#20),” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (#13),” “If You Needed Somebody (#16),” “Walk Through Fire (#28),” and “How About That (#38),” aside from more minor hits. Two of their hits, including “Holy Water,” became #1 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts, aside from four other top 10 hits on that chart after 1982. Yet it is as an album-oriented rock band that they made their biggest impression with four multi-platinum albums, one platinum album, and five additional gold albums, an impressive haul for a band, and one that demonstrates a consistent record of popularity and regard.
Why Bad Company Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
It’s not really clear why Bad Company isn’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band’s music is still played on classic rock stations, the band clearly has enough popularity to justify frequent tours on the legacy circuit, and the band is not viewed with the sense of critical disregard and disapproval that some of their contemporaries have faced . Yet the band is not only not inducted despite being an illustrious and influential supergroup, but is not even recognized as an obvious snub either.
Verdict: Add Bad Company to a lengthy backlog of worthy acts that have been passed over unfairly. This is a band that could use a bit more attention on its extensive and notable back catalog.
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