Badfinger

No Matter What

Composed by Pete Ham

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Badfinger's first hit, "Come and Get It," was an excellent single. But because it had been written by Paul McCartney and sounded like the Beatles, Badfinger had to fend off accusations of being little more than a Beatles charity case at the beginning of the band's career. Badfinger's subsequent single, "No Matter What," also a Top Ten hit, undeniably did also sound like the Beatles, and like Paul McCartney in particular. However, it did a lot to establish the band's credibility, as the song was not a Beatles castoff but an original composition, by Pete Ham. In those days when the Beatles' breakup was still fresh in the minds of the public, there were more than a couple of listeners who, upon hearing "No Matter What" for the first time, thought that perhaps the Beatles had gotten together again and issued a new song. Or, at the very least, there were many wondering if it was the new Paul McCartney single, since "No Matter What" boasted a strong McCartney-esque melody and very Beatlesque harmonies and guitars. Derivative of McCartney it might have been, yet "No Matter What" rocked a darn sight better than most of the songs McCartney himself put out in the early '70s. The song opened with exceptionally thick, crunchy guitar chords, not exactly hard rock and certainly not heavy metal, but dense and gripping. The verses are little more than a pledge of eternal love lyrically, but sung with great infectious lilting cheer, pioneering the "power pop" style years before that was named by critics. Especially ingratiating were the harmonized "ooh girl" exultations near the end of the verses, and a very nice bridge with catchy descending harmonies. As a further Beatlesque device, the melody goes through a few different chord changes on the final line of the bridge than it does in the first half of the bridge, though retaining a similar progression. A semi-false ending before a final reprise of the "ooh girl" bit was also a nice touch. There is a skeletal version of "No Matter What" on the 7 Park Avenue collection of Pete Ham demos, which is recommended to all Badfinger fans.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Dice 1970 Apple Records / Capitol 3:00
Badfinger 1974 Eclipse Music Group 3:02
Come and Get It: The Best of Badfinger 1995 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:59
Now & Then [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
The Best of Badfinger 1997 Prime Kutz / Prime Cuts 3:01
Global Rock, Vol. 4: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Outside Providence 1999
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 2:59
The Very Best of Badfinger 2000 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:59
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 3:00
Hits of the '70s [St. Clair] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:00
Hits of the 60's 70's & 80's [St. Clair] 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:00
Rock N Roll Reunion 1970 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:00
The In-Laws 2003
Original Soundtrack
Rhino / Bulletproof 3:00
Hit Box 2, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:00
Gold Collection: Rock 'N' Roll Era 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:00
20 Best of Rockin' 70's 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
Best of the 60's 70's 80's 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:00
Sensational 70's [2005 Madacy #1] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
Power Pop Anthems 2005
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 2:59
Soft Rock, Vol. 2 [Brentwood] 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:03
Casey Kasem: Driving in the 70s 2006
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:01
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Mastersong
Rock N Roll of the 70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:59
No Image 2007 Purple Pyramid 3:03
Day After Day 2007 KRB Music 3:01
Rock and Roll of the 70's [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:00
Classic Rock BBQ 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:00
Soft Rock: AM Radio Hits 2009
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 2:59
Hits of the 70s [Sonoma] 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma 3:01
Apple Box Set 2010
Various Artists
Apple Records / Capitol / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:00
British Invasion 2011
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:02
Hit Box, Vol. 2: 1959-1979 2012
Various Artists
AAO Music / Universal Distribution
Timeless...The Musical Legacy 2014 Capitol / Universal 3:01
100 Hits: Sensational
Various Artists
Sonoma 3:01
70s Rock [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 3:01
No Image
Various Artists
Awesome Inc. 2:58
Global Rock, Vol. 4-6: From London to L.A.
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
No Dice EMI 3:01
No Matter What Awesome Inc. 2:58
Soft Rock - Radio Hits
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 2:59
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