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John Waite Disses Journey: Singer Calls Them ‘Super White Music’

Denise Duff

Maybe it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black, or white, in this case.

In a new interview on Metal Sludge, solo star and former lead singer of The Babys and Bad English, John Waite, takes a shot at AOR legends Journey. “I mean, I hate to say it, but I listen to Journey and think, ‘Jesus Christ, that is just wrong.’ That’s why there will never be a Bad English reunion,” Waite, 60, says in the chat with writer Gerry Gittelson. “It’s for super white people listening to super white music. Fuck that. I’d rather shoot myself.”

Ironically, Bad English also featured three current members of Journey — guitaist Neil Schon, drummer Deen Castronovo and keyboardist Jonathan Caine. Bad English formed in 1988 and released two studio albums. Their Diane Warren-written power ballad, “When I See You Smile,” went gold in 1989, but the band still split up in 1991.

Waite’s career started back in the late ’70s when The Babys charted with such hits as “Isn’t it Time” and “Every Time I Think of You.” The group also featured future Journey keysman Jonathan Caine and Bad English bassist Ricky Phillips.

In the ’80s, the British singer struck pay dirt with his 1984 single, “Missing You.”

Rough & Tumble, Waite’s latest solo album, hit stores in 2011.

Watch Bad English’s “When I See You Smile” Video

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