from the album Bad English (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8
Today's song of the day comes from the hard rock supergroup Bad English, which brought together singer John Waite with his old bandmates from the Babys Ricky Phillips and Jonathan Cain, who brought along his Journey compadre Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo. After a big rock radio hit that almost made the pop top-40 ("Forget Me Not"), they hit pay dirt with two power-ballads, the #1 "When I See You Smile" and "Price Of Love". The follow-up to the latter single, "Heaven Is A 4 Letter Word", was a more straight-forward hard rock number bordering on pop-metal, and reached #12 on the Mainstream Rock chart, but stalled down at #66 on the pop Hot 100. The fifth physical single released from the record was the mid-tempo song "Possession", written by Waite, Cain, and Phillips, but didn't sound at all like the power-pop of the Babys' work, but rather the moody "soft hard rock" that got the women listening on pop radio...
"Possession" became Bad English's third and final top-40 pop single in August of 1990. The record also slipped onto Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #42.
A year after the success of "Possession", the group's second album, Backlash, was released, but by that time they had already split, with Cain and Schon reuniting with Journey (and eventually being joined by Castronovo in 1998), Phillips subbed in for a bunch of acts before hooking up with arena-rock giants Styx, while Waite went back to his solo career. The first single from Backlash, "Straight To Your Heart", was a decent rock radio hit at #9, but like their debut hit just missed the pop top-40 at #42.
Up tomorrow: Sisterly rock band had no intentions for these relations.