Written by Pete Ham (administered by Bug Music)
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Why did I record this one??
I chose to record Pete Ham’s “Ringside” because I’m a huge Badfinger fan as well as a fan of each of the band members’ work aside from Badfinger. I also have a very keen disdain for con artistry. I was especially taken by Pete Ham’s brutal, yet tasteful, honesty in the way he chose to write about his manager’s betrayal of the group. “Ringside” is one of a series of songs that are often interpreted as late warning signs of Pete’s deepening depression and his inability to cope with increasing career frustration.
The song was brilliantly written and arranged. Sadly, as with many of his finest compositions, Pete never made it past the demo stage with “Ringside,” ending his own life in the early morning hours of April 24, 1975, just three days before his twenty-eighth birthday.
Because Pete’s state of mind is painfully clear in this song, it may be tempting for the listener – especially other die-hard Badfinger fans – to jump to the conclusion that my choice to record “Ringside” is done in poor taste and is somehow insensitive. I can only respond to this by saying that my intentions to honor Pete Ham could not be more sincere. While Badfinger’s hits are the obvious choice when deciding to record a great cover song, not nearly enough attention has been given to the rest of their equally impressive yet seldom heard catalog. My intention was to focus on one of these unjustly lesser known songs.
To anyone interested in learning more about Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Ron Griffiths, Joey Molland, Mike Gibbins, and Bob Jackson of Badfinger, I recommend the highly praised book, “Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger,” written by Dan Matovina.