With a new John Waite solo album on its way next month there’s no better time to celebrate some of the former Babys’ frontman’s finest work with self-styled supergroup Bad English.
Joining up with Journey’s Neal Schon, Waite scored a number one with When I See You Smile, from the band’s debut self-titled album. And if follow-up Backlash was less successful as a commercial venture then Straight To Your Heart – the last Bad English single – proves it was another record bursting with AOR class.
Where the band culled five singles from their first record this was the only song released from Backlash. Featuring Bad English’s first single, Forget Me Not, and the excellent Make Love Last it offered fans a hat-trick of heart-tugging hair metal classics.
And Waite was on top form on all three as the set of pipes famous for global smash Missing You made these Schon-inspired tunes come to life.
The neat artwork, a colourful take on the Backlash sleeve, added to a great single and one which is still spun on a weekly basis in the rushonrock offices. We can’t wait to welcome Waite back in May and what price a Bad English comeback sometime soon? Here’s hoping.