Picks and Pans Review: Milestones
updated 09/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Ordinarily a greatest-hits package such as this wouldn't create much news. But this album also includes two songs previously unrecorded by Dunn, one of them "Maybe I Mean Yes," written by Dunn, her brother, Chris Waters, and Tom Shapiro.
The song is an innocuous tune about simple romantic indecision, not about sex—"When I say no, I mean maybe/ Or maybe I mean yes." But it sparked an overreaction by a few people who suggested the song was an encouragement to date rape, which is something like saying "Ring of Fire" is pro-arson. (To stifle expressions of indecision is also, of course, to accept the notion that such expressions give date rapists an excuse to commit crimes.)
Once the question was raised, Dunn graciously asked radio stations to refrain from playing the song. It's still on the album, though, so you can find out what the unhappy fuss was about. If, in the process, you run across such past Dunn gems as "Love Someone like Me" or "Strangers Again," lucky for you. (Warner Bros.)