You Broke My Heart in 17 Places

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You Broke My Heart In 17 Places
Studio album by Tracey Ullman
Released 25 November 1983 [1]
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop/Rock, Motown, Synth-pop
Length 28:55
Label Stiff Records (United Kingdom)
MCA Records (United States)
Producer Peter Collins
Tracey Ullman chronology
You Broke My Heart In 17 Places
You Caught Me Out
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

You Broke My Heart In 17 Places is the debut studio album by singer-actress-comedian Tracey Ullman released in 1983. It peaked at number 14 on the UK album chart and number 34 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. in the spring of 1984.[3]

The album consists of covers, such as "Move Over Darling" (Doris Day) and Blondie's "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear". "They Don't Know"—originally written, recorded and released by singer Kirsty MacColl—became Ullman's biggest hit. It reached #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and #2 in the UK. The song's music video included a cameo appearance by Paul McCartney. (Ullman had appeared with McCartney in the film Give My Regards to Broad Street.)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Breakaway" (Jackie DeShannon, Sharon Sheeley) – 2:36
  2. "They Don't Know" (Kirsty MacColl) – 2:59
  3. "Bobby's Girl" (Hank Hoffman, Gary Klein) – 2:58
  4. "Oh, What a Night" (Marvin Junior, Johnny Funches) – 2:33
  5. "Move Over Darling" (Joe Lubin, Terry Melcher) – 2:32
  6. "I Close My Eyes and Count To Ten" (Clive Westlake) – 3:30
  7. "Long Live Love" (Chris Andrews) – 2:48
  8. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear" (Gary Valentine) – 2:45
  9. "Shattered" (Wayne Thompson) – 2:44
  10. "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places" (Kirsty MacColl) – 2:52
  11. "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" (Dolph) – 3:18


Side 1

  1. "Breakaway"
  2. "They Don't Know"
  3. "Bobby's Girl"
  4. "Oh, What a Night"
  5. "Move Over Darling"

Side 2

  1. "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten"
  2. "Long Live Love"
  3. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear"
  4. "Shattered"
  5. "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places"
  6. "(Life is a Rock) But the Radio Rolled Me"

Re-released 1991 version[edit]

Re-issued on Repertoire Records

Bonus tracks:

  1. "Dancing in the Dark"
  2. "Breakaway (Monitor Mix)"
  3. "Bobby's Girl (Remix)" (originally released only in Germany)
  4. "Move Over Darling (Extended)"
  5. "The B-Side"

NOTE: It is unknown whether the 12" single of "Breakaway" which contains an "extended remix" (listed timing of 5:04) is the same version as the "Monitor Mix" (4:55) included on this CD.

Re-released 1992 version[edit]

Reissued on Rhino Records

Bonus tracks:

  1. "You Caught Me Out" (Kirsty MacColl, Pete Briquette, Simon Crowe)
  2. "Baby I Lied" (Deborah Allen, Rory Michael Bourke, Rafe Van Hoy)
  3. "Terry" (Kirsty MacColl, Gavin Povey)
  4. "Sunglasses" (John D. Loudermilk)
  5. "Helpless" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  6. "My Guy" (Mike Barson)
  7. "Falling In and Out of Love" (Kjeldsen, Don Snow)
  8. "I Don't Want Our Loving to Die" (Howard Blaikley)
  9. "Dancing in the Dark" (Collins, Chapman)

NOTE: Bonus tracks included were taken from Ullman's second album, You Caught Me Out.


  • Tracey Ullman – vocals
  • Kirsty MacColl – vocals, producer ("You Broke My Heart in 17 Places")
  • The Sapphires – vocals
  • Flying Pickets – vocals
  • Rosemarie Robinson – vocals
  • Miriam Stockley – vocals
  • Clare Torry – vocals
  • Wealthy Tarts – vocals
  • Hank Marvin – guitar ("Move Over Darling" and "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places")
  • Peter Collins – producer (except "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places" and "Bobby's Girl") for Loose End Productions
  • Steve O'Donnell – producer ("Bobby's Girl") for Malpas Productions
  • Gavin Povey – producer ("You Broke My Heart in 17 Places")


  1. ^
  2. ^ allmusic review
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Albums, 6th Edition, Record Research, 2006

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