This song was pitched to John Waite, who released it as the first single from his 1982 debut solo album, Ignition
. Waite recorded the song because he liked the message, it fit his sound, and he thought it had lots of hit potential. Waite was going through a huge transformation at the time: his band The Babys had broken up and he had gotten married. Work on his solo album took him to New York City, where he was away from his wife and his home as he navigated the record industry as a solo act. It was rough waters, as the album - and this single - underperformed (Ignition
peaked at #68 in the US and didn't chart at all in the UK). Waite blamed his record company, Chrysalis, for failing to promote the song, and extricated himself from his contract to sign with EMI for his next album. He was vindicated when that next album, No Brakes
, produced the hit "Missing You
," while "Change" became a fan favorite and found a home on many radio stations' playlists.