Monday, October 17, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 10/17/16 - Bad English's "Forget Me Not"...


"Forget Me Not" - Bad English
from the album Bad English (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #45

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the hard rock supergroup Bad English, with Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon from Journey, who had broken up not too long before, and singer John Waite, who worked with Cain before in the power-pop band The Babys. Also on board was another former Baby, Ricky Phillips, and well as drummer Deen Castronovo. Waite, who had a moderately successful solo career, was the frontman for the outfit, but instead of adult-pop musings like his solo work, Bad English were a wall of guitar crunch, as exemplified by the lead single "Ready Or Not". Written by Waite and Cain with Mark Spiro, it brought Waite back to rock radio, and Schon and Cain more to their progressive rock wheelhouse beginnings...


While "Forget Me Not" climbed all the way to #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the single stalled right under the pop top 40 at #45 in August of 1989. They would of course make that up with their follow-up, a little ballad titled "When I See You Smile"...


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