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Haywire - 1987 Don't Just Stand There

ARTIST: Haywire
ALBUM: Don't Just Stand There
LABEL: Attic, Cypress
SERIAL: LAT-1239 (LP), ACD-1239, D271353
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Paul MacAusland - vocals * Marvin Birt - guitars, vocals * David Rashed - keyboards, vocals * Ronnie Switzer - bass * Sean Kilbride - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dance Desire * 02 One Heart Affair * 03 Black And Blue * 04 Fire * 05 Man Enough * 06 Hard Reaction * 07 Affection * 08 Seperate Dreams * 09 Angel *10 Thinkin' About The Years * 11 Dance Desire (Remix)

This 1987 album was my first excursion with Canadian AORsters Haywire. Even more so than their 1986 debut 'Bad Boys' which we've already written about here at GDM. This is another example of a great album being given the sideways glance by myself, completely forgetting about it until now. Yeah, Give me a whack around the head with a plastic bottle. The band, as written about elsewhere, infused loads of contemporary styles into their sound. Honeymoon Suite, Loverboy, The Arrows and Orphan all come to the fore. Again, Toronto's Brian Allen handles production duties as he did on the first album, plus Sheree Jeacocke provides backing vocals.

The Songs
'Dance Desire' leads things off with a boisterous delivery, it was my first introduction to the band all those years ago, and still rings the bell in the current day. Loads of parping synths for sure. Following on, 'One Heart Affair' was more poppy, while 'Black And Blue' touched on the type of AOR which saw fellow Canucks like Diamond In The Rough and Paradox rise to prominence soon after. From here, things start taking off. 'Fire' predates the music that Harem Scarem would eventually release 5 years later. The ballad 'Man Enough' is pretty good, it's followed soon after by what I believe to be the best track on the album 'Hard Reaction', which is Honeymoon Suite on steroids. The pomp and parp returns for 'Affection', but it doesn't stop there with the excellent 'Separate Dreams' and 'Angel' following soon after. The album finishes up with the very smooth 'Thinkin' About The Years' being the finale on what is an excellent all round album.

In Summary
Haywire did not produce a third album during the 1988 or 1989 years. Consequently they slipped off the radar during the MTV era, returning in 1990 with the album 'Nuthouse', which incidently, was produced in Trondheim Norway. Not quite as good as the first two albums, so yeah 'Bad Boys' and 'Don't Just Stand There' are the two Haywire offerings for me.

Haywire - 1987 Black And Blue

Haywire - 1987 Dance Desire

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#1 | george_the_jack on May 16 2017 14:32:07
I liked this one although the debut's got the edge for me!
#2 | reyno-roxx on May 16 2017 15:16:17
The heavier 'Nuthouse' is my particular favourite. Some great songs on that.
#3 | bpdp3 on May 17 2017 02:30:12
A band I really like but was unaware of in the day... only seeked them out based on your review of the debut. They should've been big here in the states! Spilt milk now...regardless, great stuff. *sigh* Thanks for the review!
#4 | LALOROCK on May 30 2017 02:05:24
A great album for me,fire is a killer song,the end with that guitar melody...what a song!
#5 | Eric on May 31 2017 22:14:43
Didn't Haywire and Brighton Rock do an extensive double bill Canadian tour in support of this album?

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