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Now for some real "Songfacts.com" trivia, about the last ever charting single from supergroup 'Cream', called "Badge" (not including "Lawdy Mama", released by the record company in 1970 as a blatant piece of money harvesting, but ultimately failing to chart anywhere, and failing to give them a financial return on their 'pressing' costs!):
☀ This was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison (who is listed on the album as 'L'Angelo Misterioso', as rhythm guitarist, since 'Cream' had only one guitarist: Clapton).
☀ The title has nothing to do with the song. Clapton saw Harrison's notes for this, and misread "bridge" as "Badge." He thought this is what Harrison named the song, so they used it for the title. [Whereas a "bridge" in composing describes an 'unnatural or connecting section' during a song.]
☀ The lyrics are not intended to make sense. Many of them were taken from drunken conversations Harrison had with Ringo Starr.
☀ 'Cream' recorded this a week after they played their last shows: 2 sold out performances at Royal Albert Hall in England. It was one of 3 studio recordings on their last album. The rest of it was filled with 'live' cuts.
☀ 'Cream' had broken up by the time this was released. Clapton was already working with his new group, 'Blind Faith'.
☀ This is one of the shortest 'Cream' songs. They were known for their long, improvised jams. The "Wheels Of Fire" 'live' album, for example, contains only 4 songs.
☀ This is one of the few 'Cream' songs that Eric Clapton sang lead on, as Jack Bruce usually handled vocals. Also, this is the only 'Cream' song to include 5 people: in addition to Clapton, Bruce, Baker and Harrison, Felix Pappalardi played the piano and 'Mellotron'. Pappalardi was the producer of 3 of the band's 4 albums ("Disreali Gears", "Wheels Of Fire", and "Goodbye"), and contributed by playing a wide variety of instruments on those albums.
☀ Clapton ran his guitar through a "Leslie" speaker cabinet to create a swirling sound. The "Leslie Cabinet" contained a rotating paddle and was designed for organs, but many musicians tried it with guitars. Jimmy Page used the technique on "Good Times, Bad Times".
☀ The song titles were written on tombstones inside the album, leaving little doubt that it was their last!
As a single, "Badge" was not an overwhelming success, probably due to being included on the album "Goodbye" already, but possibly also because fans had perhaps mentally moved on (either to 'Blind Faith', or to other artistes) by the time it was released. It got to No. 18 in the UK in 1969, but only managed to rise to No. 60 in the USA. However, it WAS a No. 1 smash ..... in Malaysia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badge_%28song%29
Malaysia knows what's what, apparently. This is one of Cream's best singles.
@mondosalvo Agreed. It's the one I play most in private, if I'm in a Cream-y mood. :)
Great Jam as always & so much info I did not know...You always educate me & give me a better understanding of the songs I listen to...A heartfelt thanks goes out to you :-)
@marissapicone Gonna miss this badly, I think. Not sure if I can repeat this kind of in-depth format elsewhere. We shall see. Meanwhile, thanks (once again) for the compliments, I'm glad to be appreciated. (This is the place for that, if anywhere is!)
@leejohnson Always enjoy your discussion pieces. By the way, as far as I can tell, over on the Loop the same sort of thing is perfectly possible and there are certainly episodes of detailed comments and interaction.
excellent jam. thanks.
@obadiah99 Great stuff. I look forward to that - eventually. :)
Love this and great commentary Lee - thanks. :-)
@leejohnson cheers! i am sure you can sneak some fine commentary in anywhere ;-)
@hsmagnet Or bore people silly. One of the two... ;)