Bonnie Hayes | Love In the Ruins

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Love In the Ruins

by Bonnie Hayes

New work from master songwriter Bonnie Hayes. Touching, tragic, melancholy, humorous, ironic, literary, melodic and it ROCKS. A joyous marriage of lyric and melody in the service of the vagaries of modern life.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beatiful Ideal
4:04 $0.99
2. I Can't Stop
4:10 $0.99
3. Greener Grass
3:35 $0.99
4. Keeping the Hum Going
3:40 $0.99
5. Still Wild
3:38 $0.99
6. Stealing Roses
4:15 $0.99
7. Everybody Wins
3:36 $0.99
8. Turn Down Love
4:16 $0.99
9. Vintage People
4:26 $0.99
10. Money Makes You Stupid
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Somewhere between Alanis Morisette's anger...and Tori Amos's ethereal weirdness lies Bonnie Hayes" -Indianapolis Star News

"One of the Bay Area's best voices, and arguably its finest songwriter" - SF Chronicle

"Intriguing, delightful..." -Billboard

"Smarter, surer and more sisterly than any rock and roll woman I can think of..." -Robert Christgau, Village Voice

The songs of Bonnie Hayes have always been extraordinary, from "Shelly's Boyfriend", the post-punk badgirl anthem that put her on the map to the authentic passion of "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, David Crosby, Booker T and the MG's, and Cher, Hayes has continued to craft songs one critic described as "sparkling clockwork mechanisms with a tendency to do the unexpected."

On the new CD, Love In the Ruins, Bonnie infuses her barbed lyrics with her own unmistakable vocal style and adds a new fervor for crunchy guitars and incendiary drumming. The sum is ironic, literary, melodic, tragic, wild, honest, joyful music that also flat out ROCKS. Known for years as a keyboardist (she actually toured as a keyboard player/backing vocalist with such arena acts as Belinda Carlisle and Billy Idol), she turned to writing on guitar to stimulate the creative process. Bonnie's personal reinvention is typical of her uncompromising attitude: "I reject the idea that music has to be either smart or kickass---why not both?"

Famed for her kick-out-the-jams live show, Hayes has also enjoyed success as a recording artist and producer. In 1984, her pop/punk debut Good Clean Fun was released on seminal LA indie Slash Records to critical raves and national college airplay and in 1995, the Hayes-produced CD Steppin' Out by the Gospel Hummingbirds was nominated for a Grammy. Her new CD marks a return to center stage for this exceptional songwriter.



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Diana Nagler

Bonnie is brilliant! Poignant. Cutting. True. Hard hitting..


Truly kick-ass music.
Bon never ceases to amaze or amuse me with not only her ability to write some of the most heartfelt lyrics I've ever heard, but to fuse them together with her own dry, warped, ass-kicking humor. The result is never less than an earful, and Love In The Ruins is no exception. I find myself laughing out loud every time I hear the lyrics to I Can't Stop. Maybe it's because I relate to them so well. And the deep feel of Vintage People is something you know can only be written by someone who lives it. Add to the mix some bangin' guitars, drums, and such, and you've got a cd that you will want to pop in the player whenever you can and say, listen to this one, this kicks ass. I'm loving it as much as I did her earlier works.

Pär WInberg

Bonnie Hayes is a new discovery for me. This is solid singer songwriter pop rock with a very nice edge. It’s somewhere between Melissa Etheridge mixed with Shawn Colvin and Tori Amos. All spiced with a "Tom Petty vibe". Well add some Susanna Hoffs spices and we’re quite ahead of what she’s doing. Nothing complicated. Just straight ahead simple well produced melodic singer songwriter rock. Second out “I Can’t Stop” is a damn good tune and so is “Stealing Roses” with a cool verse and a refrain quite close to Sheryl Crow. Good stuff for sure.


!!!! wow !!!!
Awesome tunes. Bonnie never disappoints. A definite must for your listening pleasure...

Dennis Newhall DIG Music

Bonnie never disappoints.
Hooky. Fun. Sensitive. Bonnie Hayes never disappoints. This is the kind of album that anyone who loves well-crafted, well-played upbeat music will like. Turn your friends on to it!

Stacy Kray

Never has heartbreak been so much fun
Don't be fooled by the title of this CD. This is no "boo hoo why me" music lamenting the demise of love. Love may be in the ruins, but Hayes rises like a Phoenix above the detritus decaying there. The groovy beats and intertwined rhymes of "Greener Grass" show that Hayes won't be mucking around alone for long. And the Joshua-Tree-like drone of "Keeping the Hum Going" makes solitude seem as hypnotically intoxicating as a 95-mph drive through west Texas at 2 a.m. with the windows down. But best of all is "Turn Down Love", which, in the vein of "I Will Survive" and "You Outta Know," should have women in bars across the nation screaming along with Hayes "Why would you turn down my love? What in the world are you thinking of?" Never has heartbreak been so much fun.

Pamela Barlow

Gutsy, gotta-dance-to-it rock n' roll and deep, witty lyrics delivered with a wh
I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie briefly in L.A. in the eighties, when she was recoring her album there. She gave me a cassette of it then, and I was an instant fan. However I lost track of her as an artist - until I went to see her at the Mystic and bought this new CD. Now I've just about worn it out and have bought multiple copies for my friends in the music biz in L.A. and Nashville, who are notoriously hard to impress. They are all as knocked out as I am.
Fans of 80's music will especially love this CD, as will anyone who loves genuine, unpretentious rock n' roll powered by grit, guts and soul. The super-fuel keeping this engine constantly revved is pure heart, and every syllable oozes passion. But the machine a la Hayes isn't just high-performance, it's high-precision. Each word is deliberate, nuanced and evocative, always insightful yet with an edginess that comes in part from her sense of humor, a dry wit I particularly love. Her lyrics express
a depth and intelligence that, when married to the music as it's done here, with the funkiest rhythm section and balls to the wall guitar I've heard in a long time, (not to mention Bonnie's brilliance on keys), every listening is a moving experience! Sometimes I have to drop everything and dance like a maenad. In the car I have to turn it all the way up and pound the steering wheel. Other times I just want to get lost in the dreamy flow of image and melody and go where it takes me. But whatever the mood, I'm always moved, and that's what great rock n' roll is all about.
The last CD I gave to those old, callous music-biz types was Norah Jones' multi-Grammy winner. Love In The Ruins deserves to win Bonnie Hayes at least as much acclaim.


Luvs it!
Clean! Crisp! Classic!