The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Featured Song/Artist
"Missing You"
John Waite

Written by J. Waite, M. Sanford, C. Leonard
No Brakes (EMI, 1984)


Every time I think of you
I always catch my breath
And I'm still standing here
And you're miles away
And I'm wondering why you left
And there's a storm that's raging
Through my frozen heart tonight

I hear your name in certain circles
And it always makes me smile
I spend my time
Thinking about you
And it's almost driving me wild
And there's a heart that's breaking
Down this long distance line tonight

I ain't missing you at all
Since you've been gone away
I ain't missing you
No matter what I might say
There's a message in the wild
And I'm sending you this signal tonight

You don't know
How desperate I've become
And it looks like I'm losing this fight
In your world I have no meaning
Though I'm trying hard to understand
And it's my heart that's breaking
Down this long distance line tonight

I ain't missing you at all
Since you've been gone away
I ain't missing you
No matter what my friends say
And there's a message that I'm sending out
Like a telegraph to your soul

And if I can't bridge this distance
Stop this heartbreak overload

I ain't missing you at all
Since you've been gone away
I ain't missing you
No matter what my friends say
I ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
I keep lying to myself
And there's a storm that's raging
Through my frozen heart tonight
I ain't missing you at all
Since you've been gone away
I ain't missing you
No matter what my friends say
Ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
I keep lying to myself
Ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
I ain't missing you
Ain't missing you
Oh no
No matter what my friends might say
I ain't missing you

Born 4 July 1955, John Charles Waite grew up in Lancaster, England. Aspiring to be a children's book illustrator, Waite attended the Lancaster Arts College and in his spare time performed as a vocalist with several bands. Falsely accused of robbery, Waite left Lancaster and went to London, where he joined a group called England. When that band folded, Waite accepted an offer by England's previous vocalist to join his band as a guitar player. Waite traveled to the USA and joined the punk rock group The Boys. The band cuts a single album and, in 1975,  Waite returned to London, where he and guitarist/keyboardist Mike Corby formed The Babys (with guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock.) Signed by Chrysalis, The Babys cut five albums in the late Seventies and produce hits like "Isn't It Time" and "Back On My Feet Again".Always more popular in the States than in England, where punk reigned supreme, The Babys disbanded. Waite moved next to New York, in 1981, and recorded a solo album, Ignition (1982), for Chrysalis.  When the album failed to do well, Waite decided to quit the music business. Back in England, he married girlfriend Kendal and settled into his country home in the Lake District. EMI lured him out of retirement for another solo project. The result, No Brakes (1984) climbed to # 10 on Billboard's album chart and went platinum. "Missing You" reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in September. No Brakes produced two more singles, "Tears" and "Restless Heart".
Waite's third solo album, Mask of Smiles, was released the following year, and the artist toured extensively, on both sides of the Atlantic, to promote it. Meanwhile, Chrysalis re-released Ignition, and one of its tracks, "Changes", was chosen for the soundtrack of the film Vision Quest. (Another Waite song, "If Anybody Had A Heart" was featured on the film soundtrack for About Last Night.) Still, Waite could not duplicate the success of No Brakes. His next solo album, Rover's Return, released in 1987, didn't fair well, either. Moving to Epic Records in 1988, Waite joined forces with ex-Babys (and Journey) keyboardist Jonathan Cain; together they formed a new band, Bad English, with guitar great Neal Schon and drummer Dean Castronovo. Their debut album, Bad English (1989), reached # 21 on the U.S. album chart and went platinum. "When I See You Smile" soared to # 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in late 1989, while Bad English was touring the States, opening for Whitesnake. Several more singles did well, but Waite quit the band shortly after its second album was cut, due to artistic differences with other members. In 1995, Waite finished two more solo albums -- Temple Bar, which produced a Top 20 hit, "How Did I Get By Without You" -- and 1997's When You Were Mine.