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Headpins - 1983 Line Of Fire

ARTIST: Headpins
ALBUM: Line Of Fire
LABEL: Solid Gold
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2002, Solid Gold, 71011-2


LINEUP: Darby Mills - vocals * Brian MacLeod - guitars, keyboards, drums * Ab Bryant - bass * Bernie Aubin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mine All Mine * 02 Feel It (Feel My Body) * 03 I Know What You're Thinking * 04 Just One More Time * 05 Don't Stand In The Line Of Fire * 06 Celebration * 07 Double Trouble * 08 I've Heard It All Before


A wonderfully melodic project out of Vancouver, merging the talents of singing vixen Darby Mills with a couple of the chaps out of the band Chilliwack. Destined to be a singer from an early age, Darby sang with local band Steelback, until she took up an invitation to be the lead singer in Brian MacLeod's live outfit Headpins during 1981. They were signed by Solid Gold Records, with 'Turn It Loud', the debut album, being produced by MacLeod, Bryant and Bill Henderson. Unfortunately, MacLeod and Bryant were tied up with legal issues relating to Chilliwack particularly a new album due out at the same time 'Opus X' (a good album too btw!). Therefore they had to withdraw their services from Headpins, effectively leaving Darby to promote it on her own, which she did. The album did remarkably well, and as a result Headpins were one of the hottest bands on the Canadian circuit, winning numerous plaudits and awards. Fortunately, MacLeod and Bryant resigned from Chilliwack and rejoined the Headpins fold.

The Songs
The second effort 'Line Of Fire', was released in 1983. The album got wide media coverage in their homeland, plus the USA and UK and did extremely well. Songs like 'I Know What You're Thinking', 'Double Trouble', the title track, and the opener 'Mine All Mine' are excellent examples of their female fronted style. Some songs stand out more than most, especially 'Just One More Time' and 'Celebration', both brilliant slices of melodic rock where Darby's vocal power comes to the fore. Tours through Canada, the US and Europe followed, to a resounding response from rock fans all over.

In Summary
The band got sold short in 1984 when their label went under, leaving them stranded. They soon hooked up with MCA for the release of the 'Head Over Heels' effort in 1985. After a few years in the wilderness during the late eighties, Darby returned with her new Vancouver band The Unsung Heroes, and the release of the excellent 'Never Look Back' album from 1991. This didn't do so well either, but the good news is: the Headpins have been playing live Festivals on/off for over the last few years, so all is not completely lost. I am hopeful that we can see something from Darby and her troupe notwithstanding the passing of time. Wouldn't that be something! In the meantime, check out their website (above).

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I think 'Don't Stand In The Line Of Fire', 'Celebration', and 'Double Trouble' are a perfect back-to-back-to-back trio. Glad I discovered these guys last year. The only thing is that I gotta be careful playing some of their tunes with the wife & kids in the car, since the language is more PG-13 than most of the music I play. 'Double Trouble' is in my top ten most played songs for the past year and makes it to many of my workout playlists.
#2 | super80boy on January 01 1970 01:00:00
This 2nd album is a notch better than the full on hard rocking debut. 'Feel It (Feel My Body)' really underscores Darby's killer sultry voice and it has that infectious chorus. Another standout is the anthemic 'Don't Stand In The Line Of Fire'. 'Just One More Time' inserts a ripping guitar solo at the halfway point
#3 | Jez on June 13 2008 08:54:52
A very fine release, and Headpins best one. 8 tracks, 36 minutes, no filler. A great mix of harder melodic rock 'Mine All Mine' and more commercial tunes like the excellent duo of 'One More Time' & 'Celebration'. Add a great Brian Macleod production to the mix and THAT voice of DM and you have one killer album. Re-issued on Solid Gold a couple of years back, so is relatively easy to track down - and i suggest you do so.
#4 | sabace on September 08 2008 14:44:40
great lp
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