Courtesy of Joey MollandBadfinger is enjoying a sudden resurgence in popularity thanks to the final episode of the massively popular TV series Breaking Bad, which featured the veteran power-pop group's 1972 hit "Baby Blue" in its very last scene. The song reportedly sold close to 5,000 digital copies on Sunday, when the Breaking Bad finale aired, catapulting the tune to the top of the iTunes Store's Top Rock Songs chart.
All this came as a big surprise to the sole surviving member of Badfinger's classic lineup, guitarist Joey Molland, who tells ABC News Radio he had no idea that "Baby Blue" was going to appear in the now historic episode.
"One of my friends got in touch with me and told me about it," the Liverpool native reveals. "As it happened, I was taping the show for my son Shaun…I went back and watched it afterwards. I've only seen bits of the show. I don't watch a lot of telly, [to] tell you the truth, but I was astounded when I found out."
Asked how he feels about Badfinger's newfound popularity, Molland says, "It's hard to describe." He adds, "It doesn't feel quite real because we didn't actually put the record out and go out and promote it…So all of a sudden it's in the charts again…God bless those people for using it."
The story of Badfinger, of course, is an incredibly tragic one. The quartet's two leaders, singer/guitarist Pete Ham and singer/bassist Tom Evans, both committed suicide -- in April 1975 at age 27 and November 1983 at age 36, respectively. Drummer Mike Gibbins also **** young, after suffering a brain aneurysm in October 2005 at the age of 56.
"I wish the lads were here to enjoy this kind of thing," says Molland, 66. "It's a shame what happened [but] it's just one of those things…It's a drag."
As for how he thinks his band mates would react to the new attention, Joey says, "I'm sure, if they're lookin' down on this stuff or lookin' up to this stuff, I'm sure they'd be very excited."
Molland adds that Ham, who wrote "Baby Blue," likely would be particularly happy. "It's one of his great songs, and I'm just happy to be a part of it, really," he notes.
Joey, who continues to tour with his own incarnation of the group, Joey Molland's Badfinger, says he's now curious to see how the increased exposure brought by Breaking Bad might affect his shows.
"It'll be interesting to see…if our audiences do change a lot," Molland muses. "We do get a fair amount of young people at the gigs anyway, but it'll be interesting to see what happens."
He also points out that he's curious to see what kind of reaction fans will have when he performs "Baby Blue," which he's been using to kick off his concerts.
Beyond playing shows, Molland reports that he's got a number of other projects in the works, including a book and a new CD titled Return to Memphis.
"I've got a lot of things going on, as it happens," Joey declares, "so this is like icing on the cake for me."
Fans can find out the latest news about Molland and his group by visiting BadfingerSite.com.
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