BAD ENGLISH: When I see you smile 7″ No. 1 chart hit. Killer Diane Warren-penned AOR power ballad. Check video
John Waite (Ex- Babies) on Vocals, Neal Schon (Ex-Santana + Journey) etc.
Diane Warren-penned power ballad “When I See You Smile”, which was a massive multiformat hit, spending two weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, two weeks in the top 10 at rock radio, and getting significant and sustained play at Adult Contemporary radio.
When I See You Smile is the second single of American/British hard rock band Bad English, taken from their self-titled debut album Bad English, released in 1989. The single was a huge success and went on to become the bands first and only US number one hit when it peaked there in the fall of 1989 for two weeks.
In the video the band are performing on a stage, which contains close-up shots of its members. The footage was taken at one of their arena concerts.
This song was also seen in the soundtrack, Monster Ballads.
Chart (1989) Peak position
Australian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 61
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard US AC 11
U.S. Billboard US Main 10
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. Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, who had enjoyed enormous success in Journey, continued on to form Bad English with Waite after Journey disbanded. 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 1989s Tango and Cash The bands second album, 1991s “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 bands 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 Osbournes album Ozzmosis in 1995.