March 26: The Cross are Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know

1990: Following completion of Queen‘s 1989 album The Miracle, drummer Roger Taylor went into the studio with the rest of The Cross to record Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. Unlike the previous album, which contained some dance influences, this one is a straight rock album. This was the first album to which each member of the band contributed, though Roger Taylor’s contribution was considerably smaller because he was busy promoting The Miracle.  The band came together to write one track, “Top Of The World
Ma”. The rest of the album consisted mainly of individually written songs. Clayton Moss sang lead vocals on his own track “Better Things”, and Spike Edney played mandolin on 03-26-1990-The_Cross-Mad_Bad“Final Destination”, which was written by Taylor. “Final Destination” was released as a single, as were “Liar” and “Power To Love”, the latter being the last single to be released in the UK by the group. Like Shove it, the album sold poorly, and failed to chart, and EMI Records decided to drop them so they had no label anymore in the UK.  The group having seemingly given up on the UK market, the accompanying tour only included dates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Ibiza.  LISTEN!

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