28 January 2012
Bad English was an American/British rock "supergroup" formed in 1988, reuniting keyboardist Jonathan Cain with singer John Waite and bassist Ricky Phillips, his former bandmates in The Babys. Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, who had enjoyed enormous success in Journey, joined with Waite after Journey disbanded.
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 - referencing the spin a player puts on the cue ball - not poor English grammar.
The first album, simply titled Bad English, had three hit singles, including the number one hit "When I See You Smile", "Price of Love," and "Possession."
They released 6 albums including greatest hits compilations. Waite commented in interviews that he was uncomfortanle with their stadium-sized venues and "corporate rock" image. After the band split, he went solo and has remained a solo act ever since. Drummer Deen Castronovo went on to join the reformed Journey with singer Steve Augeri, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, and Ross Valory.