Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Bad Company

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 [1].  When I investigated their history as a supergroup featuring members from bands like Free and King Crimson with a somewhat complicated lineup history [2] 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 [3].  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 [4], 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 [5] 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 [6].  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.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/sometimes-goodbye-is-a-second-chance/

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Company

[3] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-elo-jeff-lynne-traveling-wilburys/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-emerson-lake-and-palmer/

[4] https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-the-moody-blues/

[5] Todd In The Shadows:  Living In A Box

[6] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-journey/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-foreigner/

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11 Responses to Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Bad Company

  1. Pingback: Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Grand Funk Railroad | Edge Induced Cohesion

  2. Why aren’t they in the Rock Hall of Fame? Simple. Because the Rock Hall of Fame is somewhat a sham. This year Bon Jovi is up for consideration. No fkng way anyone can tell me Bon Jovi is more of a rock legend than Bad Co.

  3. Debbie Cocchiola says:

    Bad Company- ESPECIALLY PAUL RODGERS deserves to be in rock’s hall of fame. There is no other voice like his. From Good Lovin Gone Bad to Guardian Of The Universe, his voice ranges with such distinction. Bad Company has so many incredible hits. Far better than so many other bands included in hall of fame. It’s past time they/he is included. Come on!!!!

  4. brian says:

    Bad Company has an endless number of concerts in which the audience is as far as the eye can see beginning with black-and-white shots of the early 70s up until recent years. It reeks of nepotism for whatever reason the Beatles didn’t get into the Hall of Fame until Mick Jagger inducted them just a couple years ago and neither did Zeppelin with all kinds of people trying to cover them unsuccessfully. It is a mortal sin to try to cover Led Zeppelin it’s never been done successfully the same is true with Bad Company & the clown that tried to fill in for Paul Rodgers.

    • The Beatles have been in for a while; a couple of years ago Ringo was inducted as a sideman/award for musical achievement. Bad Company is puzzling not only in being snubbed but not being the sort of act that is talked about more. I must admit I’ve never seen them live but I’m sure it would be a good show if I did.

  5. Cgalindo says:

    Its a shame that they r not in the rock n roll hall of fame. They are one of the greatest ” rock n roll” bands of all time. Rock n roll hall of fame should be just that. Not ” pop “hall of fame. Or “rap ” hall of fame.. After all ..isn’t that the name? This band deserves great notoriety.. Way over due..

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