"Missing You" is a perfectly constructed pop song and John Waite sings the hell out of it. It's not his fault that everyone in the world loved it and you couldn't escape hearing it.
That said, I think John Waite is one of the great rock singers of our time. I met John a few times through a mutual friend. He was an occasional customer who was always on the hunt for all things Steve Marriott. I finally snagged him a Japanese copy of Humble Pie's "Eat It" long before every record ever made was at your fingertips.
Here is an hour's worth of my favorite John Waite tracks, including 5 with his former band, The Babys. I think there is something special about each and every track. Mostly though, it's all about how Waite delivers it. (Check out how he phrases the days of the week in the last verse of the rocker, "Saturday Night."
"Wrong Or Right" feels like a lost track from Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti."
"Everytime I Think Of You," a top 40 hit for The Babys, is just as perfect as anything played on AM radio.
And of course, you know me and how much I love a good hook and good harmonies. "She's My Girl" and "If You've Got The Time" are full of both.
There are four ballads here. If that's not your cup of tea, I'm sorry. But I find all four of them brilliant and heartbreaking. You can decide for yourself.
"Tears" and "Change" were both bigg-ish MTV hits, and for good reason. That's why I included them.
Finally, back to "Missing You" for a minute. If you truly can't stand it, give a listen to "Act Of Love." It's similar and I like it better.
When You Were Mine- John Waite
Wrong Or Right- The Babys
Saturday Night- John Waite
Masterpiece Of Loneliness- John Waite
Let's Get Out Of Here- John Waite
Everytime I Think Of You- The Babys
Change- John Waite
If You've Got The Time- The Babys
How Did I Get By Without You- John Waite
She's My Girl- The Babys
In God's Shadow- John Waite
Tears- John Waite
Act Of Love- John Waite
Turn & Walk Away- The Babys