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|Origin||Grand Falls-Windsor, Canada|
|Labels||Solid Gold, MCA|
|Associated acts||Chilliwack, Loverboy, Chrissy Steele, Denise McCann|
|Past members||Brian "Too Loud" MacLeod|
Headpins are a Canadian rock group, founded as a side project in the late 1970s by then Chilliwack members Ab Bryant and Brian MacLeod. Macleod was impressed by the vocal talents of Vancouver rock singer Denise McCann, and asked her to join his new venture. Originally, Matt Frenette played drums for The Headpins while Bernie Aubin played drums for fellow Vancouver band Loverboy but, within months, Aubin and Frenette swapped bands where each continues to play to the present. The Headpins began gigging around the Vancouver area throughout 1981, quickly building a fan base. McCann left at the end of that first year, and MacLeod brought in Darby Mills to provide lead vocals.
They released their debut album "Turn It Loud" in 1982, it quickly went platinum and top the charts for 6 weeks, with a hit single "Don't It Make Ya Feel" (Sample "Don't It..." here) . Their second release was "Line of Fire" which included the hits " Just One More Time" and Feel It (Feel my Body) and another multi-platinum success. They tour Europe with the band White Snake at the beginning of 1984. Mills received much attention and won accolades with fans polls voting her best singer. In 1985 the Headpins toured with many acts such as Kiss, Eddie Money and the band ZZ Top. The band was in middle of recording their third album " Head over Heels", when their record company went bankrupt. They were part of the Afterburner Tour, with ZZ Top, and were slated to go down the eastern seaboard (of the US) with the band. ZZ Top didn't like the attention that the opening act was getting, and the Headpins were told not to do an encore number. As it turns out, Brian McLoud the band leader decided not to listen; and the Headpins were removed from the bill. In 1986, Darby Mills left for a solo project and was replaced by Chrissy Steele. Later, Steele went on to make her own band with MacLeod and signed with Chrysalis Records, although the outfit was soon dropped by the label. She ended up having two hits, "Love You 'Til It Hurts" and the ballad, "Love Don't Last Forever."
|1982||Turn It Loud|
|1983||Line of Fire|
|1985||Head Over Heels|
|1987||Anthology (U.S. release only)|
|2002||The Complete Greatest Hits CD-ROM|
- Darby Mills - lead vocals
- Ab Bryant - bass
- Bernie Aubin - drums
- Tony Dellacroce - guitar
- Alfie Galpin - guitar
- "Don't it make you feel like rockin': Headpins still the one". The Barrie Examiner. July 29, 2011.
- "Nazareth / Streetheart / Headpins – Live In Vancouver: October 14, 2006". Metal-Rules.com. October 25, 2006.