1994/03/29 CD Word/Epic：EK 53591 Blue 3.Baby Blue "When I was four I climbed up on to the [farmyard] pump to get a drink of water when suddenly the old wooden base broke apart causing the pump to fall through [the cover,] cutting off my middle finger on the right hand."
Yeah, riding around in the dark. 17:28-20:04 字幕06 [Narrator] By now, Badfinger should have been very comfortably off, but the money was not coming through to the band.
[John Ham] He was changing for the gig and had on what I thought was a pair of... I don't know, comic shoes - the soles were coming away, like the old vaudeville comedians or something like that. And I said, "Oh, part of the act, do you do a comedy number?" He said, "No, those are my stage shoes." I said, "Well, you can't wear those on stage, you're the local idle coming back." He said, "They're the only ones I've got."
[Narrator] Badfinger's eccentric manager, Bill Collins, had encouraged the band to put their finances in the hands of an American businessman named Stan Polley.
[Nicky Bell] When the started to get successful, Bill kind of got out of his depth. He did things that he thought were right for the band, but...they weren't.
[Bill Collins] I believe that Polley meant well, although he was a very astute businessman, you know, he knows all the tricks, and he told us, he said, "I know all the tricks, but if you play ball, I'll play ball, and we'll all get along fine, and we'll all finish up millionaires."
[Bob] He was the archetypal manager with a big cigar and, you know, "I'm going to take you guys to the stars," all that sort of business, and it seemed OK at first.
[Narrator] Polley's first move was to get Badfinger away from Apple Records and signed up to a new deal he'd negotiated with Warner Brothers. He dazzled Bill and the band with talk of huge cash advances and said that, for tax reasons, the money should be paid into a series of different bank accounts which he himself would control.
[Bob] He said, "Well put it all in a pot, and by the time we've reached the end of the album deals, you know, you'll all be very rich people. But in the meantime, we'll just be on a basic salary, I'm afraid." And of course, not knowing any better and wanting to think the best of people, the band went along with it, you know.
[Bill Collins] All around New York in a big limo, and he said, "And it's no good you reading this contract." It was three inches thick. But he said, "Basically, you've got to understand..." And he talked and talked and talked and drummed into my mind that we had 3 million deal to make six albums in three years and, uh...
[interviewer] This was all in the back of a limousine in New York City?