Featuring music business pros Paul Rogers (ex-Free; vocals/piano), Mick Ralphs (ex-Mott The Hoople; guitar/piano), Boz Burrell (Real Name: Raymond Burrell; ex-King Chrimson/ex-Snafu) and Simon Kirke (ex-Free; drums) the foursome Bad Company got together to deliberately create a Power-Rock super group. Taking their name from a 1972 Western style film starring Jeff Bridges, they teamed up with Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant sign to his new Swan Song' label in 1974 and hit the big time immediately with a #1 U.S./#3 U.K. for their debut eponymous album that June. Despite having innuendo filled lyrics (it was the 1970s after-all), the music was built to last through the ages, and indeed did with such tracks as Can't Get Enough Of Your Love and Bad Company. Feel Like Makin' Love was the powerhouse with the follow-up album Straight Shooter in 1975, an album that was basically the same fare as the predecessor. Although the repeated formula allowed them a 3 on both charts, it was nevertheless, a formula that would limit them not in the too distant future, for after Run With The Pack (1976) they sort of faded into the background of 70's music. The follow-up, Burnin' Sky (1977), made only 17 U.K./15 U.K., and the follow-upDesolation Angels (1979) did only slightly better at 10 U.K./3 U.S. It would be several years before the 15 U.K./26 U.S. charting Rough Cuts (1982) arrived. Although they managed to put asses in seats, and sold truckloads of records all the way through, they disbanded in 1982 when Rogers went to a solo career before joining The Firm, while Kirke joined Wildfire, and Burrell sessioned with Roger Chapman.
Without the distinctive voice of Rogers (who was replaced with ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Brian Howe) the group would reform in 1986 to release the 10 From 6 best of compilation in January of that same year. The album came across as basic AOR fare meeting with lukewarm critical appreciation. Although the albums sold modestly they failed to meet the same attention of the past. Fame And Fortune (1986) and Dangerous Age (1988) followed before a line-up change occurred with Geoff Whitehorn (ex-Back Street Crawler) replacing Ralphs, Paul Cullen replacing Burell, and the addition of ex-A.S.A.P. keyboards Dave Colwell to release Holy Water (1990).
Howe would be replaced by Steve Walsh (ex-Kansas) in 1991, around the same time that Ralphs returned for Here Comes Trouble (1992), their first to chart in many years at 40 U.S. Rick Wells (ex-Roxy Music/ex-Foreigner/ex-Peter Frampton) replaced Walsh for What You Hear Is What You Get (1993) a compilation of live events. Robert Hart took over vocal duties for Company Of Strangers (1995), Stories Of Told And Untold (1996) a compilation of new and old material, and another compilation double CD set The Original Bad Company (1999) followed.