Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0782
Date:  10/17/1981
Debut:  80
Peak:  3
Weeks:  24
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Hailing from Portland, Oregon, husband and wife Marv and Rindy Ross formed the crux of the group with Rindy supplying the lead vocals and playing sax. The band was signed to Geffen and issued their self-titled debut album that featured this first hit single. Its success propelled the LP to #8 and it was eventually certified platinum.

ReduxReview:  Admit it - when you first heard the song you thought it was Pat Benatar. Many did (including myself) but after a couple listens there was just something off about the record. It was like Benatar-lite. Once you found out it was Quarterflash, then it all made sense. Sometimes sounding like another artist is kind of curse, but in this case I think it was an advantage. Benatar was still doing edgier rock and Quarterflash offered a similar sound that was more pop friendly. It's a great song that still plays well today.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Before getting signed to a record deal, the group was originally known as Seafood Mama. They had recorded this song for an independent label in 1980 and it became a local hit for the band. Once on Geffen, they changed their name and re-recorded this song for their debut.


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