“Some years are like that: too busy, too distracted, too fuzzed out. You miss things. Great music passes you by. Then, years later, you find it.”
The Badloves released just two studio albums before taking some time out.
Their debut album “Get On Board” spent a massive 69 weeks in the charts , peaked at number 5 and went double platinum; delivering 5 hit singles in, “Lost”, “Memphis”, “I Remember”, “The Weight” (w Jimmy Barnes), “Memphis” and “Green Limousine”.
After extensive tours in Australia and Europe, The Badloves released their second album in 1995, “Holy Roadside” to critical acclaim, further ARIA nominations, and another string of hit singles in “Slave”, “Barefoot Bride”, “Living Thing” and “Caroline”, establishing them as one of this country’s premier acts.
The band never officially broke up back then. There was no farewell tour. “I think we were just tired,” Michael adds. “Those years were so intense; it’s a bit of a blur. We just didn’t have any balance in our lives.”
As author Andrew Masterson wrote on the back of The Badloves debut single, Lost: “Knob-twiddling wizardry has its place in music, but its influence will never be as strong, or as enduring, as the sounds produced by the classic combination of two guitars, bass, drums and a mega-whomping Hammond organ … The Badloves both continue and extend the grand tradition of such music, pushing out a sound that would have seemed quite at home at Muscle Shoals in 1967, while remaining as fresh and original as tomorrow.”
They are already a part of Australian music history having become a household name and influencing a generation of musicians and music lovers.
Inspired by the past, Michael Spiby reformed The Badloves again in 2015 and they are a band that’s very much focused on the future.
“It feels like we’re starting again,” Michael smiles. “Which is very exciting.”