Led Zeppelin started their own record label Swan Song in 1974. The first band to be signed to the label was Bad Company, a rock supergroup featuring former members of Free, Mott the Hoople and King Crimson. Their self titled debut album was the first Swan Song release.
Bad Company get a lot of airplay on classic rock radio even these days, but I think they are a slightly underappreciated rock band. Their debut album is a great example of lean, no nonsense rock n’ roll. Can’t Get Enough and the title track Bad Company are probably the songs that are the most respected these days, but there is some gold in the deep cuts on this release.
Today’s deep cut is Rock Steady. Written by the band’s singer Paul Rodgers. The song is still a staple at the band’s shows even though it was never released as a single.
Bad Company reached the top spot on the American album chart and has sold 5 million copies. The original classic lineup of Bad Company lasted for 8 years and 6 albums. The band split up in 1982, but launched again in 1986 without Paul Rodgers. The original line-up reunited in 1998.