Bad English was a super group of veteran rockers (John Waite, Neal Schon of Journey) that popped onto the hair metal rock scene in 1988, forming their notoriety with the love ballad "When I See You Smile". Some of you will also remember a few of their other notable chart topping songs, including "Price of Love", "Possession", and the song "Best of What I Got" which was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Tango & Cash.
Rumor has it that the name of band refers to the pool hall term "English", which is a term used to describe the skilled way to hit a cue ball. Yeah they made a few more albums in the 90's, but let's face it, video killed the radio star, video being the Seattle Sound, the Radio Star being hair metal. By the release of their second album, Backlash (1992), the band was running into creative differences regarding the band's sound. The debate among band members revolved around whether or not to stick with the pop metal sound that made them popular, or go with a harder edge.
Don't feel too bad for the boys of Band English, these guys were famous way before their Bad English days. Hopefully they invested some of that money. According to John Waite, it is not likely that the band will ever re-generate.
At the time of this writing, the Bad English Discography was as follows:
- 1989: Bad English
- 1991: Backlash
- 2003: Greatest Hits