REVIEW: ‘Bounce Back’ Deluxe Edition – Haywoode

Haywoode – “Bounce Back” (Deluxe Edition)

by Christopher Smith

As winter draws in, London-born pop veteran Haywoode brings the sunshine with her recently released​ “Bounce Back” deluxe​ album, including new and classic hits. A delicious hybrid of soul-pop-dance, the album was brought to life in NYC, Amsterdam and Melbourne, with producers Soundsinsane, Matt Pop, David Mazzoni and Peter Wilson. Must-listen tracks include the dance-y ode to friendship “Love Eternally“, and an extended version of eighties disco favorite “Roses”. Haywoode declares this her favorite project yet, and one that’s already making waves in clubs and on radio stations across the UK as well as spinning into the download charts in Spain, Finland and the UK.

Sidney Haywoode began her career aged 13 at London’s esteemed Corona Stage Academy. Signing to CBS Records in 1983, Haywoode’s debut single, “A Time Like This” with Billy Ocean on backing vocals, entered the UK charts at No.48, Top 5 in the US Hot Dance Club Chart and immediately established her distinctive brand of spirited, soulful funk and pop. Heralded as ahead of her time in the mid-80’s club scene, the pop soul artist worked with a virtual ‘who’s who’ of producers such as Michael Barbiero, Bert Bevans, Duane Bradley, Nick Martinelli and Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Via a succession of singles – including two gems by then-little-known underground dance producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman “You’d Better Not Fool Around” and “Getting Closer” (later covered by Kylie Minogue) her international crossover success followed in 1986 with her smash hit Roses (No.11 UK).

Haywoode’s “Arrival” debut album, showcased new tracks including her take on Prince’s debut hit “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. The album became a sought-after ‘lost classic’ of the era with CD’s from Japan regularly selling for inflated high prices and in 2010 Cherry Pop Records released the well-received Special Edition CD of the album. Inspired by her father, Doo Wop Soul singer Don Haywoode, of The Velours and The Fantastics, her extensive performing resume includes dancing, acting and singing on stage, screen and television. Her repertoire includes theatre (Bubbling Brown Sugar in London’s prestigious West End) TV (The Benny Hill Show, The Gentle Touch, and BBC’s Top Of The Pops) and film (The Muppet Movie Caper’, Superman, and Ragtime).

She met her Italian husband Producer/DJ Soundsinsane in New York and together they founded Wonderlick Productions, a music events company, writing, producing songs and working events around the US. Their song Excuses went to No.6 in the EuroSolution Dance charts, which ignited Haywoode to return to performing in the UK after twenty years where she signed to Energise Records. 2018 saw her first single release “Roses 2018” enter charts worldwide including No.5 in Greece and No.25 on the iTunes Dance Chart. Another Cherry Pop compilation, “Roses, Remixes & Rarities”, was released bringing together many sought-after mixes of her classic 80’s singles plus B-sides, rarities and unheard recordings from throughout her CBS tenure.

“Give it a listen. I promise it will make you smile and shake your booty!” Haywoode declares, as she bounces on back to her South Beach apartment. And with that, “Bounce Back” deluxe needs your ears on its aural gorgeousness right now!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!