Bad Reputation

Album: Last Days of the Century (1988)


  • Written about the same time as the Lynott/Downey/Gorham composition of the same name, any similarity does not transcend the coincidental title. Running to 4 minutes 54 seconds, Al co-wrote "Bad Reputation" with regular collaborator Peter White. The first track on side 2 of the vinyl release of Last Days Of The Century, it features some tasteful lead guitar.
  • The big question though is who is the song about? At that time, Al was still chasing the ghost of his first true love, Mandi, who features in a number of his early songs until she was exorcised by the 1988 release "Where Are They Now?" Clearly this song is not about her, but about an unnamed unrequited obsession, though for those who know him personally there is perhaps a clue in the line "You only want the things that you can't have." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Mac Powell of Third DaySongwriter Interviews

The Third Day frontman talks about some of the classic songs he wrote with the band, and what changed for his solo country album.

They Might Be GiantsSongwriter Interviews

Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.

Penny Ford of Snap!Songwriter Interviews

The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.

Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"They're Playing My Song

When a waitress wouldn't take him home, Jack wrote what would become one of the Eagles most enduring hits.

Chris TomlinSongwriter Interviews

The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.