27 June 2011
Bad Company is the English rock that appeared in 1973. They were considered a "supergroup" because it combined two former Free band members — singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke — guitarist Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople and bassist Boz Burrell of King Crimson.
Their hits included "Bad Company", "Can't Get Enough", "Good Lovin' Gone Bad", and "Feel Like Makin' Love", which are staples of classic rock radio.
I had always heard that the name came from Paul Rodgers who really liked the Jeff Bridges film Bad Company. That makes sense because the "six gun in his hand" lyrics of their eponymous song "Bad Company" would fit right in on the movie's soundtrack. But, according to Wikipedia, Rodgers denied that in an interview with Spinner.com.
Their 1974 debut album was an international hit, with the group considered one of the 1970s' first supergroups. The album peaked at #1 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart (North America) and included two singles that reached the top 20 charts, "Can't Get Enough" at #5 in 1974 and "Movin' On" at #19 in early 1975.
In 1975, Straight Shooter gave the group another #1 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. The album also spawned two hit singles, "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" at #36 and the slower "Feel Like Makin' Love" at #10.