Q. Here’s a real classic…not too difficult to remember the lyrics since there really aren’t too many…the chorus is only eight words…repeated A LOT….the lyrics “Bum badda Bum, Bum badda Bum Oh…” The question is – who is the band that sings it?
A. Crowbar was a Canadian rock band based in Hamilton, Ontario, best known for their 1971 hit “Oh, What a Feeling”.
From 1969 to 1970, most of the members of the group had been a backup band for Ronnie Hawkins under the name “And Many Others”. However, in early 1970, he fired them; as he later told a friend, “Those boys could fuck up a crowbar in fifteen seconds.” They recorded their first album in 1970, called Official Music, as “King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar”. King Biscuit Boy left the band later in 1970 but continued to appear off and on as a guest performer.
In 1971, the band recorded a performance at Massey Hall, in Toronto, which was released as a double album, Larger than Life (and Live’r Than You’ve Ever Been). The concert, billed as “An Evening of Love with Daffodil Records”, was co-produced by concert promoter Martin Onrot and Toronto radio station CHUM-FM. Numerous guests appeared with Crowbar at Massey Hall, including members of Lighthouse, Dr. Music, and Everyday People. King Biscuit Boy also returned to perform with his former bandmates. The recording and release of the album are significant as being the first time a Canadian band had recorded and released a “live in concert” album.
Also in 1971, the band performed a concert in the Lord Beaverbrook Grand Ballroom in New Brunswick and entertained at the anniversary celebrations in Hamilton, Ontario.
Crowbar disbanded in 1975 but was revived in 1977, without Jozef Chirowski, who had joined Alice Cooper’s band. The band performed intermittently during the 1980s.
More recently, Crowbar played shows around Hamilton, Ontario, including a performance at their induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.