Bad Influence (Robert Cray album)

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Bad Influence
Bad Influence (Robert Cray album).jpg
Studio album by The Robert Cray Band
Released 1983
Genre Blues
Length 41:57
Label Hightone
Producer Bruce Bromberg, Dennis Walker
The Robert Cray Band chronology
Who's Been Talkin'
Bad Influence
False Accusations
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice B+[3]

Bad Influence is the second studio album by the blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Robert Cray.

Released with Hightone Records, this was the album thought to have put Cray on the map, prior to his explosion into the mainstream with Strong Persuader in 1986. It was his second release and his first on High Tone Records. It contained two cover versions: Johnny Guitar Watson's "Don't Touch Me" and Eddie Floyd's "Got to Make a Comeback". The most well-known songs off the album are probably the funky minor-key blues song "Phone Booth", later covered by Cray's idol Albert King, & the title track which was subsequently covered by Eric Clapton . Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker produced the album for the California-based High Tone Records. To date the album sold over a million copies.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Phone Booth" (Robert Cray, Richard Cousins, Dennis Walker, Mike Vannice) (3:32)
  2. "Bad Influence" (Cray, Mike Vannice) (2:56)
  3. "Grinder" (Cray, David Amy) (4:09)
  4. "To Make a Comeback" (Eddie Floyd, Joe Shamwell) (5:52)
  5. "So Many Women, So Little Time" (Oscar Washington, David Amy, N.T. Clemens) (4:01)
  6. "Where Do I Go from Here" (Cray, Mike Vannice, Dennis Walker) (4:03)
  7. "Waiting for the Tide to Turn" (Cray, Mike Vannice, Dennis Walker) (3:31)
  8. "March On'" (Cray) (2:25)
  9. "Don't Touch Me" (Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Shawn Dewey) (3:25)
  10. "No Big Deal" (Cray, David Amy) (4:14)

Bonus Tracks

  1. "I Got Loaded" (Robert Camille) (3:37)
  2. "Share What You've Got, Keep What You Need" (Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper) (3:50)


The Robert Cray Band
  • Robert Cray - vocals, guitar
  • Richard Cousins - bass
  • David Olson - drums
  • Mike Vannice - keyboards, tenor saxophone
  • Warren Rand - alto saxophone
  • David Li - percussion on "No Big Deal"
  • "Night Train" Clemens, Philip Walker, Tony Mathews - backing vocals on "So Many Women, So Little Time"


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Robert Cray". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 24, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013.