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2013-10-01 07:41:57 AM  
If you like BF, check out The Magic Christian.
 
2013-10-01 08:55:38 AM  
Really was the perfect song for the moment.
 
2013-10-01 09:04:17 AM  
Badfinger's "No Matter What" is the perfect power-pop song, hands down.  If I had the money and connections to make a documentary about power pop, it'd be called "Knock Down The Old Grey Wall" after one if its lyrics.  Great band.
 
2013-10-01 09:11:59 AM  
They were a charted rock band. Not exactly an obscure indie project.
 
2013-10-01 09:16:55 AM  
From TFA:

The band was,  "wonderful, but plagued by drugs and depression and ultimately suicide."

So a lot like the show then.
 
2013-10-01 09:17:39 AM  
I bought it on iTunes the next day. Every time my BB-loving colleague walks into my office I start it playing.
 
2013-10-01 09:20:16 AM  
Don't stop believin'
 
2013-10-01 09:21:46 AM  
Too bad we never found out the whole backstory between Grey Matter and Walt. Even more than that, in one episode a flashback shows Walt and Skyler looking at the house before they bought it. She mentions that Walt was still working at a lab at that time, so I would have liked to find out how Walt went from a lab job he had 15 years ago to being a HS teacher. Maybe Walt is just difficult to work with.
 
2013-10-01 09:23:28 AM  

skinink:  Maybe Walt is just difficult to work with.



Yeah, most employers frown on that much killing.
 
2013-10-01 09:23:48 AM  

desertmouse: So a lot like the show then.


That was the first thing that popped into my head, how much Badfinger given their history fits with Breaking Bad. Oh and besides the depression, drugs and suicides, their manager scammed them out of a shiatload of money.
 
2013-10-01 09:24:07 AM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

You can learn a lot from Lydia
 
2013-10-01 09:29:22 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: They were a charted rock band. Not exactly an obscure indie project.


Agreed. If I remember right they were discovered by Paul McCartney. Also there band story is tragic.
I've always loved Badfinger my favorite is "It's Over".
 
2013-10-01 09:29:22 AM  

Crewmannumber6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

You can learn a lot from Lydia


That was a little too cool for Todd.
 
2013-10-01 09:29:47 AM  
also the subject of the most depressing VH1 behind the music ever.
 
2013-10-01 09:31:14 AM  

skinink: Maybe Walt is just difficult to work with.


Ya think?   No worse than the lion's share of academics out there ...

Also, I'm pretty sure he got screwed:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-01 09:40:52 AM  

Crewmannumber6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

You can learn a lot from Lydia


Nearly 1M views in less than two days.  Unreal.
 
2013-10-01 09:42:52 AM  
UPDATE Monday afternoon: Spotify says worldwide streaming of "Baby Blue" is up 9000 percent. Pete Ham and Mal Evans (and George Harrison) are smiling in heaven!

That would be Tom Evans, not Mal. Mal Evans was the Beatles' roadie.
 
2013-10-01 09:43:20 AM  

skinink: Too bad we never found out the whole backstory between Grey Matter and Walt. Even more than that, in one episode a flashback shows Walt and Skyler looking at the house before they bought it. She mentions that Walt was still working at a lab at that time, so I would have liked to find out how Walt went from a lab job he had 15 years ago to being a HS teacher. Maybe Walt is just difficult to work with.


My Guess:  Walt Jr was born & they needed money & medical immediately for a special needs kid.  Walter took a 'temporary' teaching gig, his plans for forming a new company stagnated as a result & his teaching became permanent.
 
2013-10-01 09:49:22 AM  

puckrock2000: UPDATE Monday afternoon: Spotify says worldwide streaming of "Baby Blue" is up 9000 percent. Pete Ham and Mal Evans (and George Harrison) are smiling in heaven!

That would be Tom Evans, not Mal. Mal Evans was the Beatles' roadie.


Someone should be slapped for a mistake like that.

Mal Evans ended up committing suicide by cop in LA in the late 1970s.  He was supposed to be writing a tell-all book on the Beatles and had a suitcase full of original docs and material.

It never turned up after his death.
 
2013-10-01 09:56:30 AM  

alltim: Crewmannumber6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

You can learn a lot from Lydia

That was a little too cool for Todd.


Todd really was a creep. Eventually Lydia's head would have ended up in his freezer.
 
2013-10-01 09:58:55 AM  

skinink: Too bad we never found out the whole backstory between Grey Matter and Walt. Even more than that, in one episode a flashback shows Walt and Skyler looking at the house before they bought it. She mentions that Walt was still working at a lab at that time, so I would have liked to find out how Walt went from a lab job he had 15 years ago to being a HS teacher. Maybe Walt is just difficult to work with.


It's pretty much told over a few different episodes. Gretchen and Walt were dating, they went to visit her rich parents, Walt had a freakout about her entitlement or being from a different world or whatever and broke it off that night ("you drove home" or whatever) due to his pride/embarrassment/something, Gretchen later starts dating Elliot, Walt is pissed and takes a $5,000 buyout from Grey Matter to get away from her/them, and it later becomes a billion dollar company on his eventual nobel prize winning (not for him) research. Think that's the gist of it.
 
2013-10-01 10:15:07 AM  

Electromax: skinink: Too bad we never found out the whole backstory between Grey Matter and Walt. Even more than that, in one episode a flashback shows Walt and Skyler looking at the house before they bought it. She mentions that Walt was still working at a lab at that time, so I would have liked to find out how Walt went from a lab job he had 15 years ago to being a HS teacher. Maybe Walt is just difficult to work with.

It's pretty much told over a few different episodes. Gretchen and Walt were dating, they went to visit her rich parents, Walt had a freakout about her entitlement or being from a different world or whatever and broke it off that night ("you drove home" or whatever) due to his pride/embarrassment/something, Gretchen later starts dating Elliot, Walt is pissed and takes a $5,000 buyout from Grey Matter to get away from her/them, and it later becomes a billion dollar company on his eventual nobel prize winning (not for him) research. Think that's the gist of it.


I'm actually happy they didn't go into it in detail, as I was expecting it to take up a good half hour of the finale.

And yeah, and the outline is there.  The reality is that it's another series on its own.
 
2013-10-01 10:39:13 AM  
I still liked the opening of the one episode where Walt was cooking with Todd and they did the montage with Crysal Blue Persuasion playing.
 
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