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Bad Love

by

Eric Clapton



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Mick Jones from the band Foreigner wrote this with Clapton. It's not the first time Jones has worked with other Rock Stars: he produced Van Halen's 5150 album.
This won the 1990 Grammy for Best Rock Vocal. Clapton got a Grammy in 1972 for playing on the Concert For Bangladesh, which won Best Album, but this was his first as a solo artist. He won 6 more in 1993, including 3 for "Tears In Heaven."
Clapton's record company, Warner Brothers, was pressuring him to write something similar to "Layla" so they could have a hit from the Journeyman album. So, setting out to write a hit song with Mick Jones, Clapton followed his "Layla" formula to create this song.
Phil Collins played on the Journeyman album and sang backup on some tracks. Clapton played on Collins' first album in 1981.
The bridge is based on "Badge," which is one of Clapton's hits with Cream. Mick Jones had the idea to use it.
This was released as the first single from Journeyman, the first album Clapton released after his Crossroads boxed set.
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Comments (8):

Eric The God: “Warner Brothers wanted another ‘Layla’. I thought, 'well, if you sit down and write a song in a formatted way, it's not so hard.' You think ‘What was “Layla” comprised of? A fiery intro modulated into the first verse and chorus with a riff around it. I had this stuff in my head, so I just juggled it around, and Mick Jones (of the group Foreigner) came in to help tidy up. He was the one who said ‘You should put a "Badge" middle in there'. So, we did that. Although it sounds like a cold way of doing it, it actually took on it's own life."
- DeeTheWriter, Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation
Same perfection as Pretending and Blues in "A", I always look for the emotion in it, as a player myself, I think it's in a class all to itself. Ric, McDonough, Ga
- Ric, McDonough, GA
I think Clapton wrote this when he and George Harrison's wife, Patti Boyd, got a divorce.
- Steven, West Carrollton, OH
The unplugged version has the craziest piano I've ever heard.
- Dan, Lee, NH
Eric clapton thought his grandparents were his real parents until he was nine.
- Jenny Ford, Auston, TX
The one that is similar to Layla is "Old Love"
if you slow down the first Layla guitar riff and put on the 5th and 6th strings it is the exact same as Old Love's riff...it is also in the same key
- Schmitty, Vienna, VA
I disagree. Old Love is slower and more bluesy. Bad Love is a completely different song.
- Deana, Indianapolis, IN
im not competley sure if clapton wrote two songs called "bad love" and "old love", but he did write "old love" and it is similar to layla, at least the guitar is. I believe that is what you guys may have meant with this song is "old love"
- Brad, Manteca, CA
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