Ignition (John Waite album)

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Studio album by John Waite
Released June 29, 1982 (Debuted on Billboard's album chart the week ending July 17, 1982)
Recorded 1981-1982, The Power Station (NYC)
Genre Rock
Length 36:22
Label Chrysalis
Producer Neil Giraldo
John Waite chronology
No Brakes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]

Ignition is the debut solo album from Rock singer-songwriter John Waite (ex-vocalist for The Babys). It was released on Chrysalis Records in June of 1982 and produced by Neil Giraldo (producer/guitarist for Pat Benatar, who was on the same label).

Two singles were lifted from the record: the Holly Knight-penned "Change" which initially failed to make a significant dent on any chart except for the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, where it scored the #16 position. It was, however, one of MTV's most popular early videos. Upon the 1985 release of the soundtrack to the movie Vision Quest, the single was re-issued and broke into the Top 50 on the Pop charts. Its follow-up single was "Going to the Top".

A few famous musicians guested on the album as well. Singer Patty Smyth (then in the band Scandal) handled vocal backing, and drummer Frankie LaRocka (also from Scandal) and bassist Don Nossov (who also played with Benatar) guest here.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "White Heat" (John Waite) - 3:22
  2. "Change" (Holly Knight) - 3:15
  3. "Mr. Wonderful" (John Waite, Ivan Kral) - 4:07
  4. "Going to the Top" (Waite, Tim Pierce) - 4:36
  5. "Desperate Love" (Waite, Kral) - 3:55
  6. "Temptation" (Chas Sandford) - 2:59
  7. "Be My Baby Tonight" (Waite, Kral) - 3:22
  8. "Make It Happen" (Waite, Bruce Brody) - 3:18
  9. "Still in Love with You" (Paul Sabu) - 3:42
  10. "Wild Life" (Waite, Kral) - 3:23



  • John Waite - vocals
  • Ilana Morrilo, Patty Smyth, Rahni Kugel - backing vocals
  • Brendan Bourke, John Elijah Wright, Dave Lang - handclaps, screams
  • Ivan Kral - rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Tim Pierce - lead guitar
  • Bruce Brody - keyboards, piano
  • Don "Donnie" Nossov - bass, backing vocals
  • Alan Childs, Frankie LaRocka - drums, percussion
  • Crispin Cioe, Arno Hecht, "Hollywood Paul" Litteral - horns