That's why they call meFree!, Mick Ralphs (guitar) of glam rockers Mott the Hoople and ex-King Crimson member Boz Burrell (bass guitar). Second only to Led Zeppelin in terms of popularity, the two groups shared many ties; Zeppelin manager Peter Grant also guided Bad Company to success and Paul Rodgers later played with Jimmy Page in the Firm.The group is famous for a few Ear Worms, like "Feel Like Makin' Love", Can't Get Enough", "Bad Company", "Rock N Roll Fantasy" and "Shooting Star". Much like Paul Rodgers' first band, Free!, their sound is a mix of blues-influenced Hard Rock and classically-influenced piano ballads. In this respect they bear some similarities to the mid-to-late-seventies output of Queen, with whom lead singer Paul Rodgers performed after the tragic death of Freddie Mercury.Not to be confused with Battlefield: Bad Company or the Two Thousand AD strip Bad Company.
Bad Company demonstrates examples of:
- Canon Discontinuity: The band's official website disavows the existence of any studio album made after 1982's Rough Diamonds, likely due to Paul Rodgers not appearing on them.
- Though Holy Water is available on iTunes, mostly due to the success of the power ballad "If You Needed Somebody."
- Downer Ending: "Shooting Star", about a man named Johnny who becomes a rock star, ends with Johnny dead from a combination of sleeping pills and booze.
- Greatest Hits Album: One of the most recent is essentially a Paul Rodgers album, The Very Best of Free and Bad Company (featuring Paul Rodgers).
- Heavy Meta: "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy", the original line-up's last big hit single.
- Intercourse with You: "Feel Like Making Love".
- Power Ballad
- Rockstar Song: "Shooting Star", which may or may not be about guitarist Paul Kossoff of Free.
- Self-Titled Album: Their debut, Bad Company, complete with Minimalistic Cover Art.
- Spiritual Successor: To Free!, arguably.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Drummer Simon Kirke sings "100 Miles" on the Holy Water album.
- Yandere: "Burnin' Sky"