Repeat Offender (Richard Marx Album)
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Repeat Offender Richard Marx Album

Repeat Offender is the second studio album by singer/songwriter Richard Marx. Released in mid-1989, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. The album was certified four times platinum in United States due to five major singles on the Billboard charts, including two No. 1 hits: "Satisfied" and the Platinum-certified "Right Here Waiting".


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After touring for fourteen months on his first album, Marx returned to the studio with a number of songs that had been written while on the road. The album was recorded with well-known L.A.-area studio musicians and would go on to become even more successful than his debut record, pushing Prince out of the #1 spot on Billboard 200 album chart. Repeat Offender was the result of the energy generated from over a year and a half on the road and was written or co-written entirely by Marx. "Some people might think that it would be easier this time around, that I could just kick back." Marx said at the time, "but the truth is, it's harder, I've got more to prove."

The first two singles, "Satisfied" and the platinum-selling "Right Here Waiting," both reached #1, completing a string of three consecutive No. 1 singles. When the third single from Repeat Offender, "Angelia" climbed to #4, Marx became the first solo artist to reach the Top 5 with his first seven singles. Since then, "Right Here Waiting" has been covered numerous times, most notably by Monica and 112 in a 1998 duet.

Another single from the album, "Children of the Night", was written in support of the suburban Los Angeles (Van Nuys)-based organization for runaways.[1][2][3] It became the fifth single from the album, and all royalties were donated to the charity.[2][3]

Marx's second world tour began in the spring of 1989 and took him to Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the United States, lasting through August 1990.[] Highlights of that tour included a performance in the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London and an invitation from Tina Turner to tour Germany.

Marx also had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform The Beatles' "Help!" at the Berlin Wall in late 1989. Marx also received his second Grammy nomination in 1990 for "Best Pop Vocal Performance -- Male" for "Right Here Waiting".[4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Richard Marx, unless otherwise noted.

1."Nothin' You Can Do About It"  4:42
2."Satisfied"  4:12
3."Angelia"  5:16
4."Too Late to Say Goodbye"Fee Waybill 4:57
5."Right Here Waiting"  4:23
6."Heart on the Line"Marx, Bruce GaitschMarx, Gaitsch4:43
7."Living in the Real World"  4:13
8."If You Don't Want My Love"Waybill 4:07
9."That Was Lulu" (only on CD and Minidisc issues)Dean Pitchford 3:44
10."Wild Life" (Japanese bonus track)Marx, Rick SpringfieldMarx, Springfield4:08
11."Wait for the Sunrise"  4:13
12."Children of the Night"  4:43


The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.

# Title Date United States United Kingdom
1. "Satisfied" 1989 1 52
2. "Right Here Waiting" 1 2
3. "Angelia" 4 45
4. "Too Late to Say Goodbye" 1990 12 38
5. "Children of the Night" 13 54



  • All tracks arranged by Richard Marx, with assistance by Steve Lukather (track 1), Jeffrey Vanston (track 3) and Bruce Gaitsch (track 6).
  • Produced by Richard Marx and David Cole
  • Recorded by David Cole; assisted by Peter Doell.
  • Mixed by David Cole
    • Assistant Engineers (recording and mix): Laura Livingston, Mark McKenna, Brian Scheuble, Bob Vogt, Charlie Paakkari, Leslie Ann Jones, Mike Bosley, Jay Lean, David Night, Tom Fouce.
  • Mastered by Wally Traugott
  • Production Coordination - Susanne Marie Edgren
  • Art Direction - Henry Marquez
  • Design - DZN - The Design Group
  • Photography - E. J. Camp
  • Management - Allen Kovac

Charts and certifications


Chart (1989) Position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2× Platinum 200,000[6]
Canada (Music Canada)[7] 6× Platinum 600,000^
Germany (BVMI)[8] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[9] Gold 10,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[10] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[11] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[12] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • The Japanese version of the album contained a bonus track, "Wild Life".
  • The album was dedicated to Gabrielle de Martino.


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  4. ^ "32nd Grammy Awards -- 1990 presented February 22, 1990". Rock on the Net. Retrieved .
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  6. ^ "Pacing the Majors" (PDF). Billboard. January 20, 1990. p. A-10. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications - Richard Marx - Repeat Offender". Music Canada. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Richard Marx; 'Repeat Offender')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2019.
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  10. ^ "New Zealand album certifications - Richard Marx - Repeat Offender". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat - År 1987-1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Richard Marx; 'Repeat Offender')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "British album certifications - Richard Marx - Repeat Offender". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Repeat Offender in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American album certifications - Richard Marx - Repeat Offender". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2019.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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