BAD 4 GOOD
STYLE: Hard Rock
Bad4Good was a heavy metal band formed in 1991 by guitarist Steve Vai. The band was a quartet of teenagers, the oldest of whom was 16. A vehicle for the precocious talents of Irish guitar protege Thomas McRocklin, Bad 4 Good also comprised then 16 year old vocalist Danny Cooksey, 14 year old bassist Zack Young and 15 year old drummer Brooks Wackerman. McRocklin was a mere 12. Having first emerged around the time of the Monsters Of Rock festival at Donington in 1988 McRocklin was taken under the wing of his hero Steve Vai, at the time ensconced in David Lee Roth’s band, who wound up guiding the band and produced the debut album.
Frontman Danny Cooksey was also a budding actor, appearing in the sit-com ‘Diff’rent Strokes’, the Nickelodeon TV channel’s ‘Salute Your Shorts’ series and a major role in the Arnold Schwarzenegger box office hit ‘Terminator 2′ .
The band’s first single release was a cover of Phillip Lynott’s ‘Nineteen’. Under Vai’s guidance, the band released one album in 1992 called Refugee. The album was stunted by grunge overshadowing hard rock, although ripe with impressive guitar solos from the 12 year old McRocklin, and equally impressive talent from the other three boys, filled with sophomoric sexual innuendo and featuring the boys half naked in the album art, they gained a lot of young female fans, but not enough to keep the band from disbanding within two years.
Two months after its release in August, the album hit the Billboard Heatseekers chart, at #39. It was later deemed to be a “flop” by Interscope.
Brooks Wackerman went on to play drums for Bad Religion, Zack Young sings for the band A.I., Cooksey has a successful career as a voice over artist, and McRocklin has been absent from the spotlight since the band’s heyday, known only to say he was ‘fed up’ with the industry’s obsessiveness with image over substance.
– Refugee