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Haywire – Bad Boys [1986]


Easily one the best Melodic (Hard) Rock bands produced by Canada during the ’80s, HAYWIRE is rarely mentioned as among the best exponents from the genre when you ask someone. You get as an answer Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Triumph, etc. but this 5-piece from Charlottetown were second to none, and even better than many of their contemporaries.

After entering in a Toronto radio station ‘battle of the bands’ contest in 1985, Haywire recorded by themselves an EP and eventually got signed by the now legendary Canadian label Attic Records (Triumph).

The label secured the expert hands & ears of Brian Allen (Toronto, Lee Aaron, Santers) to produce Haywire’s debut, and the result was “Bad Boys” released in 1986. The title track, chosen as single, exploded atlocal radio stations, and soon conquered America and MTV.R-4255670-1405056210-1814

This is the kind of Melodic Rock with poppy AOR melodies that ruled the mid-’80s, with catchy choruses all over. The other singles “Standin’ In Line” and “Shot In The Dark” (all also video-clips) were typical of the album, slick production, clean instrumentation and lots of keyboard-oriented tunes.

The CD was reissued years ago with different artwork, but strangely, never received a remaster treatment. “Bad Boys” is prime Canuck Melodic Rock / AOR from the golden era, and a must have in your collection if you are fan of the genre.

Band Members
Dave Rashed – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Marvin Birt – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Paul MacAusland – Vocals
Ronnie Switzer – Bass
Sean Kilbride – Drums

01. Bad Bad Boy (3:42)
02. Standin’ In Line (3:56)
03. She’s Not (The Kind Of Girl) (3:28)
04. Holding You (4:32)
05. Out Of My Head (3:12)
06. When You Fall Out Of Love (3:28)
07. 3 Wishes (4:22)
08. Girl In Love (3:41)
09. Shot In The Dark (3:29)
10. Crazy (3:00)

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