BADFINGER – Say No More – (Radio Records) – 1981

BADFINGER – Say No More

This is the last album from Badfinger.

Here they are trying to hook onto the resurgence of power pop and retro sounds through the New Wave.

It's not sad, as they had being doing it all along.

It is slick and well produced though, ultimately, the songs aren’t as good as their earlier material.

What they have added is a touch of old time rock ‘n’ roll.

Odd, given a lot of Beatle harmony bands were doing well in the power pop resurgence of skinny tie bands of the late 70s and early 80s

The rockin’ sound is like something the Travelling Wilburys would be doing (though ballsier) seven years before them.

Yet again, Badfinger were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It is not that different to what Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe were doing at time (though with a more 60s bent) or is it a case of like minds think alike and develop (musically or otherwise) alike?

The concessions to the new wave are understandable. Their hit-making days were gone and this may have been a grab for some of the airwaves but since their first album twelve years earlier they were remarkably consistent (the punchy pop and catchy melodies were never diluted) even though they had lost a main singer and vocalist in Pete Ham.

So they didn’t go out with a whimper or a bang but with an album with its fair share of joys.

Check out my other comments on this most underrated (by the mainstream) band.

Tracks (best in italics)

             Side One

Side Two

  • Passin' Time – (Molland) – more Travelling Wilburys
  • Three Time Loser – (Evans) – a magnificent mid tempo pop rocker and reminiscent of ELO without the over the top full sound.
  • Too Hung Up on You – (Evans) – a most melodious retro piece.
  • Crocadillo – (Evans/Roach) – a fairly generic rocker.
  • No More – (Molland) – trying to be a little New Wave (via the Beatles). But like a lot of old rockers they thought that meant squealy guitars

And …

Not perfect but still a cut above the average … I'm giving it to a mate though I swill search for it again.

Chart Action

US

Singles

1981 Hold On #56

Album

1981 #155

England

nothing

Australia

nothing

Sounds

Complete album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGdpCPTj0nI

I Got You

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFltv5Xrn7k

Hold On

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Mlt2a0JDc

Because I Love You

mp3 attached

Passin' Time

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJjW_WoMbLw

Others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQGe0HQptII

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C53QAuOoSgc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPco24LS31A

Review

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Say_No_More_(Badfinger_album)

http://www.allmusic.com/album/say-no-more-mw0000063997

Bio

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/badfinger-mn0000064303/biography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badfinger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Ham

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Evans_(musician)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Molland

http://www.walesartsreview.org/no-matter-what-the-music-of-peter-ham-and-badfinger/

http://popdose.com/the-popdose-guide-to-badfinger/

Website

http://badfingerlinks.bravepages.com/index.html

http://peteham.net/

http://www.badfingersite.com/

https://www.facebook.com/OriginalBadfinger

http://www.badfinger-iveys.com/

http://www.badfingerlibrary.com/

http://www.tomevans.info/

Trivia

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