Harden My Heart

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"Harden My Heart"
Single by Quarterflash
from the album Quarterflash
B-side Don't Be Lonely
Released September, 1981
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock
Length 3:36
Label Geffen Records
Writer(s) Marv Ross
Producer(s) John Boylan
Quarterflash singles chronology
Harden My Heart
(1981)
Find Another Fool
(1982)

"Harden My Heart" is a million-selling Gold-certified single and the most popular hit by the rock group Quarterflash. It was featured on the band's Platinum-selling Quarterflash album, released in 1981.

The song was originally released as a single in early 1980 by Seafood Mama, Quarterflash's predecessor band. It featured more sparse instrumentation but a more dramatic vocal arrangement than the hit version and was a regional success on radio stations in Portland, Oregon. The record's video features theatrics in and around an office trailer with dark corridors and swinging light bulbs from the ceiling before it was bulldozed and torched.

After changing their name, Quarterflash released their self-titled debut album in 1981 which contained the new version of "Harden My Heart". This version was released as the album's first single. In early 1982, it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[1] The song also reached the Top 20 in Germany, in New Zealand and in France, though it stalled below the Top 40 in the United Kingdom. It was the group's only Top 10 Pop single, although their follow-up single from the album, "Find Another Fool", and their 1983 hit "Take Me to Heart" both entered the Top 20. This song is included in the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, in the radio station Emotion 98.3 and was played twice in the pilot episode of Knight Rider. It also appears in the game Activision Anthology.

The song is used in the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, which is set in 1981.

Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige sing this song in the film Rock of Ages.[2]

An excerpt of this song is also heard in the opening scene of the pilot episode of The Americans, a 2013 television series aired on the FX cable channel. The series is set in United States in 1981.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 513.
  2. ^ "Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Rock Of Ages’ & ‘The Help’". Screen Rant. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2012-02-20.