Four Fingers in The Apple Turnover - Badfinger Interview by Gordon Coxhill - Early 1970



Mike:
Paul was too busy to write the whole score for the film. So we wrote a lot of the incidental
music, which was quite a big thing for us.

Tom:
I donīt want people to think that Badfinger are simply The Iveys with a new name. The Iveys
was a soft name, we played soft music and it became obvious that we werenīt
going to make any impact. So late last year, we underwent a big transformation. Paul said
that the song to record as a single, our first as Badfinger, if we recorded it the way he wanted.
It wasnīt a matter of his laying down the law. After all, no writer wants his songs treated differently
from the way he intended them to be recorded. We heard Paulīs demo of Come And
Get It and more or less copied it. I couldnīt bellieve anything so simple as that could have
taken off. When pop was supposed to be progressing and getting more involved, we came
along with this record, so basic itīs untrue, and have a big hit with it. Paul told us that if he
didnīt think our record was as good as his original demo disc, heīd put it out himself. Of course
that sort of challenge really made us work hard in the studio, and it was great when Paul
said he liked the finished record.

Joey:
Of course Paul will continue to take an interest in us, but even if we wanted his guidance all the
time, which of course we donīt, heīs far too busy. I wasnīt with them last year, when they
were The Iveys but, from what I gather, they signed with Apple, and then sat back
expecting miracles. They didnīt really want to work for their success, but now thatīs all
changed. We spend most of our free time writing songs and rehearsing. Itīs going to be a
hard job getting established because already this year an enormous number of groups have
got into the charts for the first time. The important thing is to have something new to offer, and
in itself is virtually impossible. After The Beatles, thereīs not much left thatīs really original.
Working in Apple, itīs impossible not to take in the strange feel of succes and mystery
everywhere. All the time we feel weīve got to come up with very high standard to improve
on The Beatles. Of course we know itīs impossible, but, if we resigned ourselves to always
being the second best group on the label, I donīt think we could go on, so we fool ourselves
into thinking that we can do something better than The Beatles. We want to make good
heavy records, using all the latest recording techniques, and, equally, we want to give good
live performances. The answer is not even to attempt to re-create our records on stage, not
even play them. I donīt know why everybody thinks a stage act has to be a string of hit
records anyway.

Tom:
We are a rockīn roll group. On stage we want to excite an audience, thatīs all. Iīm not ashamed
of it. Sometimes itīs easy to go along with the musical snobs, easy to forget the people
out ther who make up the vast public. Weīve jammed around and found out youīve got
to play within your capabilities. Itīs no good pretending youīre something youīre not.
- not to the public. So on stage we play and act like a rockīn roll band - whaetever we are
experimenting with in the recording studios. Thereīs no reason at all why a groupīs recording
and stage careers shouldnīt run in different directions, and both be successful.


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