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Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo

  • Good Clean Fun [Slash, 1982] A-
  • Brave New Girl [Bondage EP, 1984] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Good Clean Fun [Slash, 1982]
"They got a word for girls like me," she begins, and don't go guessing "pop-tart" just because she never lets on what it is. Though she hides her "penchant for the printed" page behind arrangements that are "dum fun" and a guitarist who digs Larry Carlton, she comes off smarter, surer, and more sisterly than just about any new rock and roll woman I can think of. After all, a girl who can seduce Larry Carlton into dum fun is working on a lotta levels. A-

Brave New Girl [Bondage EP, 1984]
Her climactic love song is called "Night Baseball," so obviously her tomboy credentials are in excellent order. Which come to think of it could be why the compassionate, catchy cool of her debut album has succumbed to the schlocky pop her (male, natch) musicians have a yen for. B-