Bad Company ensconced themselves in an old castle. They weren't hiding out, despite the immense pressure to follow up the band's chart-topping debut album. In fact, their sophomore release was falling together with the greatest of ease.
'Bad Company' - Bad Company
The player controls protagonist Private Preston Marlowe and his exploits to steal gold from mercenaries along with his squad, in the midst of a war between the United States and Russia. Bad Company is unique in the series in that it was developed for consoles and features a full single player campaign with characters, as opposed to previous titles which were mostly released for Windows and featured warfare focused on multiplayer with large numbers of players. The game also emphasises squad-based combat, while retaining the vehicular and large scale warfare of the series in multiplayer. The game applies some new features to the franchise, including a highly destructible environment such as blowing walls through houses. DICE debuted its studio developed Frostbite engine with the game which allows for the high destructibility, and the engine has since been updated to run later titles. Bad Company received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the story's humor and technical aspects such as sound, atmosphere and the game engine. In the game, players can hold one primary weapon which each has its own secondary, along with a combat knife, grenades and other picked up explosives and devices. Players start with health, which is reduced by damage. Wounded players heal by using the LIFE-2 auto-injector. The environment is almost entirely destructible, but bullets cannot go through most walls.
It was released as the third single from their debut album Bad Company in , although it did not chart in America. Co-written by the group's lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke , the song's meaning comes from a book on Victorian morals. Tori Amos performed the song at a number of concerts in and Bill Champlin did a cover of the song that was featured in season two, episode nine of The Young Riders The title of the episode is "Bad Company". Rickie Lee Jones covered the song on her Kicks album.
Brian Howe, the singer who fronted the British rock supergroup Bad Company for eight years, has died aged He had a heart attack at his Florida home. After Rodgers left to form another supergroup with Jimmy Page, the Firm, Bad Company recruited Howe in , and he went on to perform on four subsequent albums. The band was at a low ebb when Howe joined, having fallen from their peak 70s popularity with platinum-selling albums such as their self-titled debut, Straight Shooter, and Run With the Pack. We need to toughen things up a little bit. This is a guitar band, you know! This is a bluesy guitar band, and we need to get back on that.