Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (The Cross album)

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Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know
Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know.jpg
Studio album by The Cross
Released 26 March 1990
Recorded September–November 1989 at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
Genre Rock
Length 44:26 (CD version)
Label EMI Electrola
Producer The Cross and Justin Shirley Smith
The Cross chronology
Shove It
(1988)Shove It1988
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
Blue Rock
(1991)Blue Rock1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Mad; Bad; and Dangerous to Know was the second album released by The Cross, appearing in 1990. Unlike the previous album, which contained some dance influences, this one is a straight rock album. This was the first album to which each member of the band contributed, though Roger Taylor's contribution was considerably smaller because he was busy promoting The Miracle.[citation needed] Unusually Clayton Moss sang lead vocals on one track, instead of Taylor.

Like Shove it, the album sold poorly and EMI Records decided to drop them so they had no label anymore in the UK.

In Germany, a limited box set (only 50 were made) was released which contained a CD single, video, stickers and press information.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Top of the World, Ma" (Clayton Moss, Roger Taylor, Spike Edney, Peter Noone, Josh Macrae) – 3:31
  2. "Liar" (Noone) – 4:32
  3. "Closer to You" (Edney) – 3:15
  4. "Breakdown" (Noone) – 3:53
  5. "Penetration Guru" (Moss) – 3:45
  6. "Power to Love" (Macrae/Noone/Moss) – 4:03
  7. "Sister Blue" (Noone) – 4:13
  8. "Foxy Lady" (Jimi Hendrix) – 3:26 (CD version only)
  9. "Better Things" (Moss) – 2:45
  10. "Passion for Trash" (Macrae) – 2:35
  11. "Old Men (Lay Down)" (Taylor) – 4:52
  12. "Final Destination" (Taylor) – 3:36


  • Roger Taylor - lead & backing vocals, guitar
  • Spike Edney - keyboards, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Clayton Moss- lead guitar, backing vocals (lead vocals on "Better Things")
  • Peter Noone- bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Josh Macrae - drums, percussion, backing vocals


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Queen Picture Hall