Bad English, clockwise L-to-R: Neal Schon, Deen Castronovo, Ricky Phillips, Jonathan Cain, and John Waite
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Hard rock, glam metal|
|Associated acts||Journey, The Babys, Styx, Santana, Hardline|
|Past members||John Waite
Bad English was an English/American hard rock/glam metal supergroup formed in 1987, reuniting keyboardist Jonathan Cain from Journey with singer John Waite and bassist Ricky Phillips, his former bandmates in The Babys.
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 "english" was (referring to the spin a player puts on the cue ball) and the band decided to use the phrase. The name is also thought to be a reference to The Babys, since the name was misspelled and an example of bad English.
Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, who had enjoyed enormous success in Journey, formed Bad English with Waite after Journey disbanded. The first album, eponymously titled, was a big seller containing three top-40 hit singles: the number one hit "When I See You Smile" written by Diane Warren, the top 10 hit "Price of Love," and "Possession." Another track from the debut album, "Best of What I Got", which was also featured in the soundtrack to the 1989 feature film Tango and Cash, was released as a promotional single to Rock Radio, where the tune cracked the top 10.
The band's second album, Backlash (1991), came and went without any fanfare. The only single, "Straight To Your Heart," just 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 and has been a solo artist ever since.
Schon and Castronovo went on to join the fledgling rock band Hardline in 1991; however, both would leave the group not long after the release of their debut album, with Schon pursuing other projects and Castronovo joining Ozzy Osbourne's band. In the mid-1990s, Schon rejoined Cain in a reformed Journey. Castronovo later joined Journey as well in 1998. 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. John Waite returned to his solo career.
- John Waite - lead vocals
- Neal Schon - lead and rhythm electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Jonathan Cain - keyboards, 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||—||30||44||80||—|
|"Best of What I Got"||—||—||9||—||—||—|
|1990||"Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word"||66||—||12||—||—||—|
|1991||"Straight to Your Heart"||42||—||9||—||—||41||Backlash|
|"Time Stood Still"
(Bad English featuring John Waite)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country|
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