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Caption:  Badfinger remain one of rock's truly tragic stories, railroaded by shady deals through out their careers Badfinger's Bad Luck Story

by Philip Bashe
Circus Magazine , May 1981, page 41

Joey Molland laughs ruefully when asked if it was tough adjusting to life as a carpet installer after eight years of rock recording work. "It was, but not in the sense that you walk around thinking, 'I'm a rock star doing manual labor.' It's the actual physical thing of getting up at six in the morning, going to work, and coming home all shagged out."

Relaxing at his Los Angeles home, the 34-year-old guitarist's Liverpool accent turns harsh as he discusses the hardships suffered by his band, Badfinger, one of the truly tragic stories of the music industry. Although a string of hits during the early '70s netted the group a fortune, Molland, aside from drawing a weekly salary, "never made a cent. The business managers took it all."

When their sixth album was whisked out of record stores - actually recalled -because of legal entanglements, leader Pete Ham hung himself in a fit of despair, and Badfinger broke up. After an unhappy stint with the group Natural Gas, also beset by "screwy management," Molland retired from music, as did his bass playing partner Tom Evans, "because it just seemed pointless."

But after reuniting for one album, Airwaves, in 1978, Molland and Evans are trying it again - cautiously. Their album, Say No More (Radio), recalls Badfinger's glory days, with its jangly guitars, solid melodies and trademark harmonies. While Molland's and Evans's enthusiasm for the music hasn't been eroded by bitterness, their zeal for the business has.

"I'm not gonna let myself get freaked out this time," Molland declares. "I'm not going to let it break my heart."

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