John Waite was the frontman for The Babys, a pop outfit that produced two Top 20 hits - "Isn't It Time" ('77) and "Everytime I Think Of You" ('79). He was also in Bad English who had the chart topping single "When I See You Smile." But what Waite is best remembered for is another, even bigger #1, "Missing You."
Following the demise of The Babys in '80, Waite embarked on a solo career with an inauspicious start. His '82 debut album "Ignition" featured the song "Change." While the song failed to make the Billboard Hot 100, the video gained some traction on MTV. Later, "Change" was included on the Vision Quest soundtrack.
Sophomore effort, "No Brakes" did far better selling over one-and-a-half million copies and making the Billboard Albums Top 10, thanks in no small part to the phenomenal success of "Missing You." The song knocked Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It?" from the top spot on the singles chart. "Missing You" also claimed the #1 spot on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks and managed to reach the Top 10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Needless to say, MTV played the video to death.
What sold "Missing You" big time was Waite's inherent slow-burn contradiction when singing the line "I ain't missing you at all" when it was crystal clear he did. It was a classic track about being in denial.
Other singles from the album also charted but nothing significant.
Waite's songs appeared on the soundtracks for the '86 film About Last Night... ("If Anybody Had a Heart") and Days Of Thunder ("Deal For Life"), which came a year later.
In '88, Waite joined Bad English for a brief period before resuming his solo career.
1984 No Brakes
1985 Mask Of Smiles
1987 Rover's Return
1995 Temple Bar
1997 When You Were Mine