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Monday, April 3, 2017

B is for Bad Company

Lines of Inspiration
Melodious expressions, Enduring Truisms

Bad Company

“Seagull you fly across the horizon, into the misty morning sun…”

Song TitleSeagull   
Songwriter:  Paul Rodgers

The Band:
Established in 1973 and comprised of members from the likes of Free, Mott the Hoople, and King Crimson, the British bred supergroup, Bad Company staked their claim to fame and never let go.
Soon after one of their first public warm up performances (in Germany), when the band was asked what they called themselves Paul Rodgers (founder and lead vocalist) reportedly replied “Bad Company” – after a film starring Jeff Bridges; which he had seen just prior to their show. Though in a later interview, Rodgers explained the idea came from a picture in a book on Victorian morals depicting a young boy looking up at an unsavory man leaning against a lamppost. The caption read “beware of bad company”.
The Bad Company band was still going strong in 2013 when they announced a 40th Anniversary tour with the southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The Film:
Described as an “ironic western”, the undiscovered gem of a movie: Bad Company, portrays a group of young renegades heeding the irresistible call of the outlaw west, only to find it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. According to Jeff Bridges, the gunfight in the forest had to be completely re-shot (by none other than DP Gordon Willis of the Godfather movies fame) as it had been ruined in the lab.

So, how about that line? Does it call to mind a memory? Instill a sense of wonder? Are you familiar with the song, band, or film?

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  1. Hi Diedre - the band I didn't know about ... but that makes sense for this human over here. Seagulls bring to mind - squawking and squealing ... the film I've not seen or heard of ... so I think I'll go back to good old B for blogging! Cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!

      Ha! I do remember the busy birds at the boat dock while the midnight catch was cleaned. They were not quite as lovely as the song depicts ;-)
      Happy day!

  2. Hi again dear diedre!

    I remember the splash made stateside in the mid 70s by the English band Bad Company with their top 10 singles "Can't Get Enough" and "Feel Like Makin' Love" and their run of five hit albums through the end of the decade. "Seagull," from their debut studio album, is a great song with interesting lyrics that make you think. "Seagull" brings to mind the ABBA song "Eagle."

    They came flying from far away, now I'm under their spell
    I love hearing the stories that they tell
    They've seen places beyond my land and they've found new horizons
    They speak strangely but I understand

    In "Seagull," the following line:

    Seagull, you must have known for a long time
    The shape of things to come.

    ...was possibly inspired by the hit single "The Shape of Things To Come" by Max Frost and the Troopers from the soundtrack of the 1968 exploitation film Wild in the Streets.

    Mrs. Shady loves the Civil War period and tales of the old west, and I will tell her about the movie Bad Company. I'm sure she will want to see it.

    More great lyrics from "Seagull":

    Seagull go and fly, mm, mm, mm,
    Fly to your tomorrow, leave me to my sorrow, fly.

    Have a super day, dear friend diedre!

    1. Hi Shady!

      I hadn't heard ABBA's song "Eagle", but now I plan to.
      The line from 'Seagull' you mentioned, "the shape of things to come" always gave me a slight chill to think there are beings in the world who really might know more than we do.
      I've yet to see the movie myself, but be sure and let me know what Mrs Shady thinks if she see it ;-)
      Have a soaring good day, my friend!

  3. Yes on all three counts! As for seagulls, they are the bain of my life living where I do. An excellent post indeed.

    Today in Amble Bay!

    1. Hi Keith!

      Glad you enjoyed ;-) Out west we have pesky Dove, which I usually refer to as desert pigeons.
      I'm thinking Arthur may also have an opinion on seagulls ;-)

  4. Thanks for the back story on Bad Company. I've only had a casual acquaintance with this band and hadn't heard 'Seagull' before. It's a beautiful song! The movie sounds interesting. I'm a big fan of Jeff Bridges but don't know this one. Cheers!
    Debbie @ THE DOGLADY'S DEN
    Latest Post: BORN TO BE WILD: From Teenybopper to Rockchick

    1. Hi Debbie!

      I've long enjoyed the music of Bad Company and was actually surprised to learn they are British! They do an excellent job at seeming western.

  5. dIEDRE ~
    I have seen the movie 'BAD COMPANY' (it's a Western after all) and I do like some Bad Company songs.

    Sorry, but that's all I got this time. (You can't expect every comment from me to be as A-List and E-Ticket as my last one, right? I mean, especially on a Monday morning. UGH!)

    ~ D-FensDogG
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    1. Howdy Reno!

      Monday bug, huh? Been there. I bet your review of the movie would be more exciting than the few I've read so far ;-)

  6. Don't remember the line or the movie, but I remember the band and a lot of their songs. At some point in the seventies I recall going to see the band in concert in Knoxville, TN. I don't remember who else was on the bill, but it was a good concert. All the concerts I saw back then were good.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi Arlee!

      I saw them in concert too! Quite a show. I agree, all the concerts were good "back when" ;-)

  7. I am not familiar with the song, but I did like several of their tunes.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. Hi Barbara!

      I hope the tunes you remember brought to mind fond memories ;-)

  8. I wasn't sure if I left a comment on this post. I didn't. I bring up a lot of pages on my browser and then struggle to read them all. Sound familiar. lol

    1. Hi Ann!

      I know what you mean ;-) The biggest challenge for me is not just surviving - it's keeping up with the visiting!


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