Hard rock music has never been short of underrated artists. As many great groups reach the top, there will always be a few other notable groups that never get their fair due. On the flip side, many groups leave the rest of us face to face and wonder why they got fat in the first place.
Over the years, many hard rock stations have subjected their audiences to music that mocks everything hard rock stands for. Instead of having a balanced mix of artists, some of the rock genre’s most intolerable bands were played so relentlessly that we practically developed a sonic PTSD upon hearing them. While it makes sense that great music has power, some misguided rock fans have continued to support these acts regardless of their lack of material.
Are all these acts reprehensible? It’s certainly up for debate, but there was no reason why these bands kept appearing over and over again to honor us with yet another serving of mediocre hard rock music. Keep in mind that everyone has different tastes … but things are about to get ugly.
At the start of their careers, it couldn’t be said that Bad Company had no potential. With one of the greatest hard rock singers of all time at Paul Rogers, the band’s debut record guaranteed there would be some great music coming from this supergroup. Again, be careful what you want.
Over the years, Bad Company’s records would still be good, but also lacked that key element to make them great. While the band had their fair share of hits like “Shooting Star” and “Roll and Roll Fantasy,” their brand of blues-infused hard rock was not all that different from the dozens of other rock bands that exploited the same. style.
Audiences have seemed to calm down with the group over the years, but their initial hype of being signed to Led Zeppelin’s label and being on par with Zeppelin themselves is quite mind-boggling in retrospect. Not everything the band did was boring, but other than the voice of Paul Rogers, there wasn’t much these guys were doing that you couldn’t find elsewhere.
Bad Company was a pretty decent 70s rock band, but when you start to bring Led Zeppelin into the conversation you don’t accept any substitutes.