|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Past members||John Waite|
Bad English was an American/British glam metal supergroup formed in 1987. It reunited Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain with singer John Waite and bassist Ricky Phillips, his former bandmates in the Babys, along with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo.
The members decided on a name for the band while playing pool. John Waite missed a shot and Jonathan Cain made a comment on how bad his "" was (referring to the spin a player puts on the cue ball), and the band decided to use the phrase.
Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, members of the successful rock band Journey, formed Bad English with Waite after Journey disbanded. They were joined by Ricky Phillips, who had played bass for the Babys on two albums with Waite and Cain, and drummer Deen Castronovo.
The album's first single, however, was "Forget Me Not." It stalled outside the Top 40 at #45, but the single peaked at #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The second single, "When I See You Smile", was their biggest hit, peaking at #1 on the Hot 100. The song is also notable for being the only song entirely written by an outside writer without help from at least one member in the band, besides "Don't Walk Away". "Best of What I Got" was released as a promotional single to Rock Radio, where the tune cracked the top 10.
The band's second album, Backlash, came and went without any fanfare. The only single, "Straight to Your Heart," missed the Top 40, peaking at No. 42. Ricky Phillips writes on his website that the group had parted company before the second album had been mixed. Both Phillips and guitarist Neal Schon expressed frustration with the "pop" side of the band's songs and wanted a harder edge. In the end, it proved to be the band's undoing as everyone left to pursue other projects.
In later interviews, Waite revealed that although he loved playing to stadium-sized audiences, he was uncomfortable with the corporate rock image that he felt the band had presented. He returned to working as a solo artist. Schon and Castronovo joined the fledgling rock band Hardline in 1991; however, both would leave the group not long after the release of its debut album, with Schon pursuing other projects and Castronovo joining Ozzy Osbourne's band. In the mid-1990s, Schon rejoined Cain, who had released two solo albums in the interim, in a reformed Journey. Castronovo also joined Journey in 1998, eventually leaving in 2015. He later became a member of the Dead Daisies and Revolution Saints before returning to Journey in 2021. Meanwhile, Phillips returned to session work, recording with artists such as Coverdale/Page, Bobby Kimball, and Eddie Money, before joining Styx in the early 2000s.
In popular culture
- John Waite - lead vocals
- Neal Schon - lead guitar, backing vocals
- Jonathan Cain - keyboards, piano, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Ricky Phillips - bass, backing vocals
- Deen Castronovo - drums, percussion, backing vocals
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1989||"Forget Me Not"||45||—||2||—||—||—||Bad English|
|"When I See You Smile"||1||11||10||4||61||—|
|"Price of Love"||5||38||30||44||80||—|
|"Best of What I Got"||—||—||9||—||—||—|
|1990||"Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word"||66||—||12||124||—||—|
|1991||"Straight to Your Heart"||42||—||9||116||—||41||Backlash|
|"Time Stood Still"||—||—||—||—||—||19|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country|
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