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Bad English - When I See You Smile (1989)

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  • 80's Score 80's score: 1.48
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“When I See You Smile” is a song written by Diane Warren and performed by American/British band Bad English. It ...

“When I See You Smile” is a song written by Diane Warren and performed by American/British band Bad English. It was released in September 1989 as the second single taken from their self-titled debut album released in 1989. The power ballad became the band’s only U.S. 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. It shows Jonathan Cain’s distinctive synthesizer opening and moves into the soft initial vocal work of John Waite. The tempo picks up with Deen Castronovo’s drum work and Neal Schon’s trademark guitar during which Waite becomes more emphatic vocally; the song finishes with Waite’s soft vocals. The video was directed by Jonathan Cain.

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