Bad Company – Can’t Get Enough

This song is worn out but I still get excited when I hear that intro! You also have one of the top vocalists in his generation…Paul Rodgers. I’ve always loved the feel of this song. The lyrics won’t challenge Dylan at any point but the feel makes up for it.

The band combined singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke from the band Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs from the band Mott the Hoople, and bassist Boz Burrell from King Crimson.

This song was their debut single off of their debut self-titled album. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard 100, #3 in Canada, and #15 in the UK. The album Bad Company peaked at #1 on the Billboard 100, #1 in Canada, #3 in the UK, and #27 in New Zealand in 1974.

I will never understand why Mott The Hoople turned this song down. It was written by Mick Ralphs when he was still with Mott the Hoople, but the band rejected it. When Ralphs joined Bad Company, they didn’t mind it one bit. Ralphs also brought “Movin’ On” with him, which became the group’s next single, as well as “Ready For Love,” which he originally recorded with Mott The Hoople, but redid the song with Bad Company.

Bad Company had just formed and they were signed by Peter Grant (Zeppelin’s manager) to Led Zeppelin’s new Swan Song record label. This was by far the label’s best signing of outside artists…the most successful anyway. Grant traveled with Bad Company and gave them a lot of attention during this period. After a couple of years, no artist at Swan Song would get much attention.

They recorded the album with Ronnie Lane’s mobile studio at Headley Grange. That is where Zeppelin recorded a few of their albums.

Simon Kirke: “We were scattered all over this country house. Bad Company were doing their first album and I believe it was one of the first songs that we did. I was in the basement, Boz [Burrell] the bass player was in the boiler room, Mick Ralphs and Paul Rodgers were up in the main living room where the guitar amps were. So, in order to get their attention, because we couldn’t see each other, I did the count: ‘1, 2… 1, 2, 3…’ and then I did this ‘guh-brah’ to get everyone’s attention. And that’s how we kicked it off. It was born out of necessity.”

Can’t Get Enough

Well I take whatever I want
And baby I want you
You give me something I need
Now tell me I got something for you
Come on come on come on and do it
Come on and do what you do

I can’t get enough of your love
I can’t get enough of your love
I can’t get enough of your love

Well it’s late and I want love
Love that’s gonna break me in two
Don’t hang me up in your doorway
Don’t hang me up like you do
Come on come on come on and do it
Come on and do what you do

I can’t get enough of your love
I can’t get enough of your love
I can’t get enough of your love

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Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

30 thoughts on “Bad Company – Can’t Get Enough”

  1. I think this song still holds up pretty well, interesting that they were spread throughout the house like that! I guess there’s a reason Mott didn’t last, didn’t they turn down a Bowie song before they decided to do his “All the Young Dudes”?

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  2. Now this is a power pop track at its finest. Love how the guitars/bass and drums just lock in right out of the gate and Rodgers could sing a grocery flyer and make it sound cool.
    Great pick for today Sir!

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    1. I don’t know about over there…but Bad Company has been played so much over here on our classic rock radio but some songs I still like to hear like this one,

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  3. Gary had an interesting observation there about them having a song of the same name as them- the only other example I can think of is Big Country (though their exact song title was “In a Big Country’)
    Good straight ahead rock song, funny thing is I thought of it just a few days ago and thought ‘I’d never looked at Bad Co. on here’ so I added a couple of things about them to the calendar to get to down the road.

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    1. One more…The Monkees theme…”Here we come….”
      I’ve only covered one of their songs….Movin’ On. They did have some good rock songs. No frills just good rock songs.

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      1. Then there’s the Rolling Stones – not named after their own song, but Muddy Waters’ adaptation of “Catfish Blues” – and that song was recorded in 1941 by Robert Petway. And the Hondells, named for their cover of the Beach Boys’ “Little Honda”.

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      2. That is true!
        Queen did Killer Queen and They Might Be Giants didThey Might Be Giants. It’s an interesting subject.

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      3. oh yeah, that’s an obvious one I forgot. Would have been fun for ABC to have covered the Jackson 5 song in their own way… although the novelty of it might have worn off by about the third listen…

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  4. I’m in the camp who still can’t get enough of that tune!

    On a more serious note, it’s a pretty good song. I actually don’t recall it being heavily played on the radio back in Germany. But that could also be because my favorite radio station was a mainstream station, though they did play rock.

    That said, I don’t believe in Germany you have radio stations that focus on specific music genres like classic rock or country. At least, I’m fairly sure that wasn’t the case while I lived there.

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    1. I grew up on WKDF…a ONCE rock station that would play Def Leppard > Beatles > Van Halen and then The Who…they turned Country in the 90s and I haven’t bothered with it since.

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    1. The Mott the Hoople connection is interesting. I would like to hear Ian Hunter sing this…it would be different but interesting…probably not with the edge but I would love to hear it.

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