Bad English (album)

Bad English is the self-titled platinum-selling debut album by American rock supergroup Bad English, released in 1989.

Bad English
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 26, 1989
RecordedOne on One Recording Studios, A&M Studios, Conway Studios, Secret Sound L.A. and Pacific Sound, 1988-1989
GenreHard rock, glam metal
ProducerRichie Zito
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The band scored two huge hits on the Billboard charts including the No. 1 hit "When I See You Smile" and No. 5 hit "Price of Love". In all, five singles were officially released from the album, all charting on the Hot 100.

First single "Forget Me Not" was a major hit at rock radio, spending two weeks at No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, but it narrowly failed to hit the pop Top 40. The second single was the Diane Warren-penned power ballad "When I See You Smile", which was a massive multiformat hit, spending two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, two weeks in the top 10 at rock radio, and getting significant and sustained play at Adult Contemporary radio. But "When I See You Smile" lingered in the pop Top 40 and was still climbing the Adult Contemporary charts, and close to being certified Gold, long after the song had peaked at rock radio. When the decision was made to release a second consecutive power ballad as the album's third single ("Price of Love"), the band released the stomper "Best of What I Got" as a promo to U.S. rock radio, hoping to maintain interest and credibility with the rock audience for their live headlining tour. The plan worked, as "Price of Love" hit the pop top five but did not receive enough rock radio airplay to hit the 40-place Rock Tracks chart, while "Best of What I Got" surged to No. 9 there (the band's second-highest showing on that chart), and the band was invited to join the Whitesnake tour beginning in the spring for a second jaunt around the U.S.[2][3]

"Best of What I Got" also featured during the credits to the 1989 movie Tango & Cash.[4]

"Heaven is a 4 Letter Word" was released at the dawn of the 1990s as the next single, and this track narrowly missed the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. The final single released, "Possession" nearly cracked the top 20 on the Pop charts.

A five-video collection was released, containing the music videos for "Best of What I Got", "Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word", "Forget Me Not", "When I See You Smile", and "Price of Love".

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Best of What I Got"John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon4:40
2."Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word"Schon, Cain, Waite, Mark Spiro4:45
3."Possession"Waite, Cain, Ricky Phillips5:08
4."Forget Me Not"Waite, Cain, Spiro4:58
5."When I See You Smile"Diane Warren4:20
6."Tough Times Don't Last"Cain, David Roberts, Waite4:42
Side two
7."Ghost in Your Heart"Waite, Martin Page, Cain4:46
8."Price of Love"Waite, Cain4:47
9."Ready When You Are"Cain, Waite, Schon, Todd Cerney4:20
10."Lay Down"Waite, Schon, Cain4:38
11."The Restless Ones"Waite, Cain, Phillips5:23
12."Rockin' Horse"Schon, Waite, Cain5:31
13."Don't Walk Away"Andy Hill, Peter Sinfield4:30


Year Title Chart Positions
US Hot 100
UK Singles
1989 "Forget Me Not" 45 2 - -
1989 "When I See You Smile" 1 10 11 61
1989 "Best of What I Got" * 9 * *
1989 "Price of Love" 5 30 - 80
1990 "Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word" 66 12 - -
1990 "Possession" 21 - - -

(* "Best of What I Got" was released only to U.S. rock radio)


Band members


  1. ^ Heilman, Dan. "Bad English review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  2. ^ Billboard Music Charts - Latest Music News - Music Videos
  3. ^ "Life Story of John Waite - Bad English". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  4. ^