Badfinger Boogies - Late 1973
By Karen Hepburn


Hepburn:
Do Badfinger consider themselves “Beatles” discoveries?

Joey:
No, not at all. We were out doing it a long time before The Beatles clicked. A long time before we signed
with Apple we were all doing what we´re doing now. The Beatles certainly helped us a lot, you
know. They gave us a bit of freedom and a bit of money, but they didn´t discover us.

Hepburn:
Do they (Badfinger) associate with The Beatles today?

Joey:
We haven´t reallly got a relationship with The Beatles right now. We get a phone call once in a while
or do a session . We did one on “Material World”.

Tom:
In England there are always people trying to criticize us - people from the press or whatever. They
have this opinion of us being like The Beatles or The Raspberries. It´s like a raspberry trip for us
over there. So we never get to play really how we want to play or what we want to play.
I think it´s (the Canadian scene) going to be the next big thing. It´s on the edge of a really big upsurge.
I think that America has been overexposed and England has been overexposed, but Canada
has been lying there all the time watching what´s going on and taking it all in. I think a lot of talent is
going to be exposed from Canada the next two years.
We went to record it ( Ass ) in April and it wasn´t released. Therefore we couldn´t get any tours. So we
thought, we´ll go in and make the first Warner album now. So we went and did that after not playing
for nine months, you know. We didn´t really have many ideas.

Hepburn:
What made Badfinger decide to leave Apple to sign with Warner Brothers Records.?

Joey:
We changed labels because the contract with Apple ran out. We negotiated a new contract, but Apple
didn´t want to do it, or ABKCO rather. So we went to Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. wanted to
do it. It is as simple as that.

Tom:
We need to get back to the grip of it to appreciate what´s going on, so we can go and make an album
that´s closer to reality. Before everything seemed to come easy for us. We had a lucky break and
we tended to fall back on it. Now we are out on our own and we realize that we have to work
to get ahead.

Hepburn:
Why did you decide to get into music?

Tom:
When I was a sixteen-year old wretch,I got turned on by The Everly Brothers singing “Cathy´s Clown”
and Buddy Holly singing “That´ll Be The Day”, and I thought to myself, I like that, so I got myself
a guitar


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