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Haywire - Bad Boys (1986)

Napísané: 10 Nov 2021, 14:13
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Haywire - Bad Boys (1986)







Year : 1986
Style : Melodic Hard Rock , AOR
Country : Canada
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Videos
Size : 139 mb


Haywire is a Canadian hard rock band originally from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,Canada.Haywire formed in Charlottetown in 1982 by Dave Rashed, Paul MacAusland, Marvin Birt, Scott Roberts and Ronnie Switzer. In 1984 they won the Q104 Homegrown Vol. 1 contest; the first prize was the chance to record a single, but they took the opportunity to invest their own money and record a 5-song EP, which eventually sold over 5000 copies in the Maritimes. In 1985 they won the Labatt's Battle of the Bands, and used the $10,000 first prize to record more material.While most of the members of the band had been unaltered from the start, drummer Sean Kilbride was the fourth drummer in the group's short history. Ron "Bumble" LeBlanc had replaced the original Haywire drummer Scott Roberts in 1984. He remained with the band through their demo stages, EP, and can be heard playing on two cuts of the band's first record with Attic. LeBlanc was replaced by Mac Cole when he decided to move on from the group and pursue a formal education. Cole only played two months with the band, when Haywire's long-time friend Kilbride became available for the job. In the summer of 1986 the group signed up Kilbride and successfully pursued a record contract with Attic.Their first full-length album, Bad Boys, went platinum in Canada, while the title track became a Top 40 hit. The following year, they released Don't Just Stand There, which also went platinum and contained their highest charting hit, the hard-driving "Dance Desire". A promised third video was not forthcoming from the label, so Haywire financed the video for "Fire" themselves. Although this showed great initiative and conviction by the group, this inexplicably did not please Attic. Throughout the late 1980s, Haywire toured with other popular Canadian rockers such as Helix, Honeymoon Suite and Kim Mitchell. They also represented Canada in the World Popular Song Festival in Japan, where "Dance Desire" won the award for best song. Despite their success in Canada, and interest Stateside from Doc McGee (Management for Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe and Skid Row); Q-Prime; and Chrysalis Records, they were unable to secure a US recording contract due to unrealistic demands from their record company.The follow-up album, Nuthouse, was recorded in Norway with Bjorn Nessjo at the production helm; one of Europe's most sought-after producers at the time. Unsatisfied with the final mix of the album, Haywire flew back to Canada and remixed it themselves. The final result was guitar-driven, had a much harder edge and was the direction the band had always wanted to pursue, rather than the soft-rock/pop-rock pap their record label thought was necessary. The videos for the first two singles, "Short End of a Wishbone" & "Operator Central" were the most expensive Canadian videos produced that year. Although it hit platinum sales it was a major change in musical direction and as a result, alienated some of the younger fans they attracted with their first two offerings...while it did garner major AOR radioplay and was well-received, the record company wasn't willing to nurture & develop the new direction and following, and as a result Attic shelved the album without a third video as promised - again. They produced one more album, 1992's Get Off, which was critically well-received, but still did not fuel the support from the record company (financial and otherwise) that they needed. Haywire compromised, and had the first two videos made for the price of one with the label promising a third for the single "Buzz". Once again, Attic did not deliver. This was quite short-sighted as the single reached No. 13 without video support (their highest charter, second only to Dance Desire). After contractual struggles, the group refused to re-sign with their label Attic. To fulfill their contractual obligations with Haywire, Attic released a greatest hits CD in 1993 entitled Wired: Best of without input from Haywire themselves - short-sighted again, as the band would have added live recordings, unreleased material and many other things that are usually attributed with such a release.The band has had their albums re-issued on CD through Unidisc Music. In November 2006, Haywire were awarded the Music Prince Edward Island Lifetime Achievement Award.In 2011, Haywire were presented with the Dr. Helen Creighton 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from the East Coast Music Association (ECMA).In 2012, it has been announced that Haywire will be playing a special reunion show on June 9 at Fishbones Bar, in Charlottetown, PEI.


Bad Boys is the debut album by Canadian band Haywire that was released in 1986.Haywire is Canadian hard rock band formed 1982 in Charlottetown.Just listened to this album, the debut record by PEI, Canada's Haywire, and hoooboy, it IS not only a lost classic, but a fresh overlooked debut outside of Canada and Japan. Never got released here in the US, where it probably would have been huge 21 years ago when it was recorded. As I said in my review of their great, but skimpy, hits collection "Wired", Haywire were (maybe are??? Did they reunite???) strangely both of their time (mid-80s to the mid-90s) and timeless. The production is charmingly dated (VERY heavy on keyboards and metallic guitar riffs), but it oddly enhances the strength of the band's songwriting and amazing lead singer Paul MacAusland's supple voice, as well as the band's 3-part harmony.There were 2 singles and videos released on this album, the leadoff 2 tracks, the ultracatchy "Bad Bad Boy" and sorta epic "Standing In Line", but the album doesn't stop there in quality tracks. Track 3, "She's Not (The Kind Of Girl)" is such a great powerpop tune and intriguing lyrics about a girl who might either be a prude or just have an overprotective dad, and poor Paul has no clue what to do, LOL!!! Easily one of the best SONGS to come out in the 80s, seriously!! Track 4, "Holding You" is a pretty and charmingly naive ballad. Track 5 is a new wave-ish masterpiece called "Out Of My Head". Track 6 is as grand as track 3, the AMAZING "When You Fall Out Of Love" of my fave songs of all time. Dead serious. Track 7 comes close, "3 Wishes", and the line about wanting a "944", refers to the popular and sought-after Porsche model back in the 80s...GREAT song too with cool changes, melodically. Track 8 is the hard powerpopper "Girl In Love" with cool guitar riffs throughout. Track 9 is the powerpop/ballad hybrid "Shot In The Dark" with a great, bright chorus. The final song, track 10, "Crazy", for the longest time I thought was just a throwaway...but it's really not...kind of a cool song after all, but you can tell it was posssibly the first original song the band had written...they started out as a typical 80s bar cover band in Canada, but after gigging for years, they started writing originals, and they turned out quite well, in Canada...too bad they got screwed in the US...Basically, I think Haywire's "Bad Boys" is a great debut album, I'm happy it's still in print (was it reissued, I don't know...maybe??), and it really holds up, still!! Some songs are ripe to be covered as well...and Paul's voice is still amazing...only the Idol singers like Daughtry WISH they could sing as good as him...if the judges heard him, they'd fall over themselves!!!

Line Up:

Paul MacAusland - vocals
Sean Kilbride - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ronnie Switzer - bass
Marvin Birt - guitars, harmonica, backing vocals
David Rashed - keyboards, backing vocals


Ron Leblanc - Drums on "Crazy", "Girl In Love", "Out Of My Head"


Produced by Brian Allen
Recorded & Mixed at Metalworks Studio, Toronto
Engineered by Ed Stone, 2nd Engineer - Noel Golden
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York by George Marino


01. Bad Boys
02. Standin' in Line
03. She's Not (The Kind of Girl)
04. Holding You
05. Out of My Head
06. When You Fall Out of Love
07. 3 Wishes
08. Girl in Love
09. Shot in the Dark
10. Crazy

+ Video "Bad Boys" (Official Video)
+ Video "Standin' in Line" (Official Video)

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