Thin Line Between Love and Hate

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"Thin Line Between Love and Hate"
Single by The Persuaders
from the album Thin Line Between Love and Hate
B-side "Thigh Spy"
Released 1971
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre R&B
Length 3:16
Label Atco Records
Writer(s) Richard Poindexter
Robert Poindexter
Jackie Members
Producer(s) Richard Poindexter
Robert Poindexter

"Thin Line Between Love and Hate" is the title of a 1971 song by the New York City-based R&B vocal group The Persuaders. The song was written and produced by the Poindexter brothers, Robert and Richard, and was also co-written by Jackie Members.

This was the group's biggest hit song, spending two weeks atop the Billboard R&B chart in late 1971. It also reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a certified Gold Record by the RIAA.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered or sampled by many musical acts.

  • Roots reggae artist BB Seaton did a version on his 1973 album of the same name
  • British reggae band Black Slate also did a cover on their 1980 Ensign Records album Amigo
  • The rock band The Pretenders recorded a cover version of this song that was included on their 1984 album Learning to Crawl. Featuring Paul Carrack on keyboards and backing vocals and released as a single, peaking at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #49 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] This version made subtle changes to the lyrics of the third verse, which is critical to the point of view and the outcome of the song. In the original version, the third verse is told by the man in the couple, almost dead and "bandaged from head to toe" after having been attacked by his long-suffering partner. In the Pretenders cover, we find the female partner in the hospital, "bandaged from head to toe" (no change in the description of the patient's condition) and the scene is observed by an outsider, either a friend of the woman or her husband. It is left ambiguous whether the woman has been battered by her husband/partner or has tried to kill herself in despair.[3] Both versions of the song leave the violent scenes that must have triggered the final images out of the overt story.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 488.
  2. ^ UK Singles Chart info Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  3. ^

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Preceded by
"Make It Funky" Part 1 by James Brown
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
October 2–9, 1971
Succeeded by
"Trapped By a Thing Called Love" by Denise LaSalle