1986, the era of big hair and big audio production for commercial Hard Rock albums. It was in that time that a, "Can't miss," album came out and missed.
Waysted's Save Your Prayers album had everything that the hits of the day had, only Waysted did it all better.
Slick production? Yes, but not annoyingly slick (like KISS' Crazy Nights or Heart's albums from that period). Big vocal melodies and infectious hooks? You bet. Nice guitar riffs working around nice keyboard melodies? Tons of 'em.
Save Your Prayers was a very well written and performed album, as the band showed an energy and honest enthusiasm for the music that most other bands of the Melodic Metal genre just didn't have.
So what went wrong? Who knows.
EMI probably didn't push the album very hard and gave up on it too soon. Whatever the case Save Your Prayers is now available on CD and if you like Melodic Metal and Hard Rock you should give it a shot. I ran a record store when Save Your Prayers came out and sold a ton of it - and no one was disappointed with it. I never had anyone trade it in as a used LP or Cassette, so clearly the people who bought it liked it a lot. If you like Journey's harder edged songs then it's likely that you will too.