Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Breaking Bad”: Badfinger “Baby Blue” Goes Top 20 in iTunes


Holy moley, as they say. Badfinger‘s lost classic of an album, “Straight Up,” is back on the charts. Thanks to the “Breaking Bad” finale use of “Baby Blue,” the album and the single are hits. On the Beatles’ Apple Records. “Baby Blue” is number 10 on and number 13 on iTunes this morning.

The album is at 94 and 99, respectively. For people who buy the album and have neverĀ  heard it before, you can only imagine what they’re thinking. “Straight Up,” produced by George Harrison and Todd Rundgren, is a mini masterpiece. It contains the still fresh sounding masterwork single, “Day After Day.”

I know everyone is crazy for Vince Gilligan because of the TV show, but I have to thank him for this. It’s been 41 years since “Straight Up” came out and it sounds better than ever.

Entertainment Weekly found Joey Molland, the only living member of the group, right after “Breaking Bad” aired. He had no idea the show was using the record but sounds pleased. He has a new CD of his own coming out in November.

“Baby Blue” was written by Pete Ham, who took his life after a long bout of depression. As a lot of fans have written in, Badfinger was plagued not by drugs but by bad management. They had long court battles, were ripped off, and it eventually all took a toll.

PS It was Peter Asher at Apple who discovered Badfinger. When he does his entertaining one man show, Peter brings along a Badfinger replica band. They play “Day After Day.” Now they may add “Baby Blue.” Peter always had great ears– he also discovered James Taylor.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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