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Bad English

Bad English, clockwise L-to-R: Neal Schon, Deen Castronovo, Ricky Phillips, Jonathan Cain, and John Waite
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hard rock, AOR
Years active 1988 – 1991
Labels Epic
Associated acts Journey, The Babys
John Waite
Neal Schon
Jonathan Cain
Ricky Phillips
Deen Castronovo

Bad English was an American rock band supergroup formed in 1988, reuniting keyboardist Jonathan Cain with singer John Waite and bassist Ricky Phillips, his former bandmates in The Babys.



The members decided on a name for the band while playing pool. John Waite missed a shot and Jonathan Cain made a comment on how bad his "english" was (referring to the spin a player puts on the cue ball) and the band decided to use the phrase.[1].

Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, who had enjoyed enormous success in Journey, continued on to form Bad English with Waite after Journey disbanded[2]. The first album, eponymously titled, was a big seller with three hit singles, including the number one hit "When I See You Smile" written by Diane Warren, the top 10 hit "Price of Love," and "Possession." Another track from the debut album, the AOR song "Best of What I Got", was featured in the soundtrack to 1989's Tango and Cash[3].

The band's second album, 1991's "Backlash" came and went without any fanfare. The only single, "Straight To Your Heart," just missed the Top 40, peaking at #42. Ricky Phillips writes on his website that the group had parted company before the second album had been mixed. Both Phillips and guitarist Neal Schon expressed frustration with the "pop" side of the bands songs and wanted a harder edge. In the end, it proved to be the band's undoing as everyone left to pursue other projects.

In later interviews Waite revealed that although he loved playing to stadium-sized audiences, he was uncomfortable with the corporate rock image that he felt the band had presented and has been a solo artist ever since.

Bad English drummer Deen Castronovo later went on to join a reformed Journey with singer Steve Augeri, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, and Ross Valory. He also played on Ozzy Osbourne's album Ozzmosis in 1995.



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
1989 Bad English
  • First studio album
  • Release date: June 1989
  • Label: Epic Records
21 12 39
1991 Backlash
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: August 1991
  • Label: Epic Records
72 21 30
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Year Album details
2003 Greatest Hits
  • First greatest hits album
  • Release date: December 1, 2003
  • Label: Sony BMG


Year Single Peak chart positions RIAA Album
1988 "Forget Me Not" 45 2 Bad English
1989 "When I See You Smile" 1 10 11 61 4 Gold
1990 "Price of Love" 5 30 80 44
"Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word" 66 12
"Possession" 21
1991 "Straight to Your Heart" 42 9 Backlash
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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