Hear a New Version of ‘Baby Blue’ by Badfinger — Featuring Matthew Sweet (Listen)


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“Baby Blue,” taken from the 1971 Badfinger album Straight Up, ranks among the band‘s most celebrated tracks — and a special new recording of the song was released on Thursday.

This new spin on the classic finds Joey Molland, guitarist/vocalist and the only surviving member of Badfinger’s original lineup, joined by guitarist Matthew Sweet for an invigorating, fresh spin on the anthem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg-EkR06sy0

The profile of “Baby Blue” was elevated when the song was featured in the 2013 series finale of Breaking Bad. The track’s placement, in the closing scene of the long-running AMC drama, introduced the song to legions of new fans – earning “Baby Blue” its very first spot on the UK music charts, where it landed at No. 73.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95f7VwXqIw

What’s more, the song’s feature in the episode generated the sale of more than 5,000 digital copies of the song the night of the Breaking Bad finale (this was a bit before the prevalence of streaming platforms took hold).

The original version of “Baby Blue” was written by late Badfinger vocalist/guitarist Pete Ham and produced by Todd Rundgren.

In a 2013 chat with Entertainment Weekly, joey Molland explained that he actually had no idea the song was going to be in the show, primarily because it was a song owned by the estate of Pete Ham:

Well, I was really surprised! [laughs] The song sounds great — I’ve always liked the record myself. It’s one of my favorites, for sure. It was a big hit for us, too. So it was great to hear it. And I’m glad they used our version of it and not a recut of it. It’s great, you know? Today it’s in the charts, and yesterday it was kind of like an oldies record!


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