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After the stellar success of their self-titled 1974 debut album, Bad Company returned in 1975 with Straight Shooter. Featuring two immediate classics with “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Shooting Star,” Straight Shooter continued what seemed like the band’s effortless success. The tunes were natural anthems for the arena rock of the era and were permanent fixtures on FM rock radio. Vocalist Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free, defined the role of the macho hard rock singer with his cheeky swagger leading tracks such as the hard rock R&B of “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” “Wild Fire Woman,” and “Deal With the Preacher.” The subdued ballad “Anna” showed the band’s range. “Weep No More” adds some juke-joint piano, but mostly Bad Company focused on the gruff powerchords of former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and the tight rhythms of former Free drummer Simon Kirke and ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. The band forged an identifiable groove that became the floorplan for many future FM hard rockers.

Biography

Formed: 1973 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Formed in 1973, the British hard rock outfit Bad Company was a supergroup comprised of ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both previous members of Free. Powered by Rodgers' muscular vocals and Ralphs' blues-based guitar work, Bad Company was the first group signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song vanity label. Bad Company's eponymous...
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