• Regina
  • Curiosity (Atlantic) 1986 

Longtime New York scenester Regina Richards finally hit it big by dropping her last name, allowing crazy things to be done with her hair and cutting a formulaic LP of post-Madonna rock and dance originals. The singing guitarist left the underground far behind on the ultra-commercial Curiosity, which credits four people for the simple (and not at all original) cover concept and a fifth for Artist’s Image Development. (Does anyone remember when talent had something to do with it?) The Supremes-into-Bananarama “Baby Love” (co-written by Madonna collaborator Stephen Bray, who produced and played on the track) was a Top 10 hit, but nothing else on the album comes close to it.

[Ira Robbins]