Support John Waite into the Rock Hall Of Fame
The Babys -- as lead singer/bassist of this seminal English band who are still adored worldwide. The vocal alone on Isn't It Time warrants entry, as the bridge itself is so mountainous, and the top notes hit with the same wild intensity as those in the lower velvet range.
The Voice -- that sparkling rock and roll voice. Huskier for sure, yet crushed and silken as ever, with steadfast nuanced delivery and phrasing. Interpreter of Dylan and others that often outshine the originals.
Rough & Tumble -- off the astonishing album charted way up high on adult contemporary charts. If You Ever Get Lonely has already been covered by the band Love & Theft.
The Songs -- with lyrical vibrancy of melodic and harmonic beauty. A staggering reworking of Missing You with Alison Krauss into soulful country blues, forging a line right down to the very roots of rock and roll.
Missing You in Warm Bodies
Rocker John Waite went to the movies in Los Angeles a couple of days ago to see Warm Bodies. His 1984 hit “Missing You” plays during a pivotal part of the Jonathan Levine film–a moment where the action shifts from the terrifying to the tender. “I was really very pleased,” says Waite. “It’s a great movie.”
For those who haven’t yet seen it, the movie is based on the Isaac Marion novel of the same name and takes place after an unnamed catastrophe has obliterated much of the planet, leaving behind a population of zombies. One in particular, R (Nicholas Hoult) eats the brains of Julie’s (Teresa Palmer) boyfriend, ingests his memories, and falls in love with her. Because he’s a zombie he can only grunt and groan, so music plays an important part in the wooing process. The soundtrack for the film is filled with welcome surprises: “Patience” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen, “Rock You Like Hurricane” by the Scorpions and “Midnight City” by M83.
But, says Jonathan Levine, the “Missing You” addition almost didn’t happen. “I’d love to take credit for this, usually I do for music but that’s something my music editor put in. I’ll take credit for liking it,” says Levine, who had written “I Remember You” by Skid Row into the script for that scene. But, he says, “It didn’t work rhythmically and we put ["Missing You"] in and everything just clicked.”
Waite says that he wrote the lyrics to the number one song in about ten minutes. “I took the first line of the song from a baby’s song–every time I think of you–to get me going,” he says. “Then I wrote the entire thing without stopping. It was a magical thing that happens when you’re flying. I think that’s why it has some wings–it’s unpretentious. This all sounds rather lofty but it really was from the heart.”
Interview with John Waite giving insights in his relations, wish to marry and settle down.He almost got married two years ago again. If You Ever Get Lonely is about that pain! He doesnt reveal the name of the woman though. John is to sincere to do that. It's all about Integrity.
But also on the guitarplayer of The Babys, with whom he almost never spoke. John never mentions the name. And what John would have done now, in the same situation. What did John learn ?
Live as a lead singer and the many women he met. But also about art and that democracy in a band doesnt lead to better art! being self critical. Well one has to hear this one surely. Take the time and enjoy.Wouter Kramer.
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