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|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
"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.
- 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. 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. Both versions of the song leave the violent scenes that must have triggered the final images out of the overt story.
- A sample of "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" was featured in the song "Washed Away" by the hip-hop band Arrested Development. This song can be found on their 1992 album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of....
- Also in 1992, rapper Kid Frost sampled this song on his track "Thin Line". This song is included on his album East Side Story and reached #82 on the Billboard R&B chart.
- In 1995, Annie Lennox recorded a cover of this song that was featured on her second solo album Medusa.
- In 1996, R&B vocal trio H-Town recorded the song, which was included in the film A Thin Line Between Love and Hate starring Martin Lawrence. Released as "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate", this version featured Shirley Murdock on female vocals and reached #6 on the Billboard R&B chart and #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- In 2000, Chrissie Hynde performed a cover version on Da Ali G Show. During the performance, Ali G said the song was "depressing", and sped it up into a jungle song, with backup dancers.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 488.
- UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
- 1971 Persuaders single info From discogs.com
- 1984 Pretenders single info From discogs.com
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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