1982 John Waite – Ignition

Ignition is the debut solo album from English singer-songwriter John Waite (ex-vocalist for The Babys). It was released on Chrysalis Records in June 1982 and produced by Neil Giraldo (producer/guitarist for Pat Benatar, who was on the same label).

Two singles were lifted from the record: the Holly Knight-penned “Change” which initially failed to make a significant dent on any chart except for the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, where it scored the #16 position. It was, however, one of MTV’s most popular early videos. Upon the 1985 release of the soundtrack to the movie Vision Quest, the single was re-issued and broke into the Top 50 on the Pop charts. Its follow-up single was “Going to the Top”.

A few famous musicians guested on the album as well. Singer Patty Smyth (then in the band Scandal) handled vocal backing, and drummer Frankie LaRocka (also from Scandal) and bassist Don Nossov (who also played with Benatar) guest here.


1  White Heat (John Waite) 3:22
Change (Holly Knight) 3:15
3  Mr. Wonderful (Ivan Kral; John Waite) 4:07
4  Going to the Top (John Waite; Tim Pierce) 4:35
5  Desperate Love (Ivan Kral; John Waite) 3:54
6  Temptation (Chas Sandford) 3:00
7  Be My Baby Tonight (Ivan Kral; John Waite) 3:22
8  Make It Happen (Bruce Brody; John Waite) 3:18
9  Still in Love with You (Paul Sabu) 3:42
10  Wild Life (Ivan Kral; John Waite) 3:21


BassDonnie Nossov
DrumsFrankie LaRocka
GuitarTim Pierce
GuitarIvan Kral
KeyboardsBruce Brody
PianoIvan Kral
HornsArno Hecht
HornsCrispin Cioe
HornsPaul Litteral
Background VocalsDonnie Nossov
Background VocalsIlana Morillo
Background VocalsPatty Smyth
Background VocalsRahni Kugel
VocalsJohn Waite

Liner Notes

Producer – Neil Giraldo
Engineer – Jeff Hendrickson, Bob Clearmountain
Engineer (Assistant) – Neil Dorfsman
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Neil Giraldo, Bob Clearmountain
Studio Assistance – Chris Pollan, Dave Lang, Miss Pam

Cover – Hubert Kretzschmar, Peter Corriston

Mastered At Masterdisk
Recorded At Power Station
Phonographic Copyright Chrysalis Records Ltd
Copyright Chrysalis Records Ltd