The Captain of Her Heart

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"The Captain of Her Heart"
The captain of her heart.jpg
Single by Double
from the album Blue
B-side"Your Prayer Takes Me Off"
ReleasedSeptember 1985
Format12" maxi single, 7" single
Recorded1985
GenreJazz-rock, soft rock, sophisti-pop
Length4:34 (Album Version)
3:59 (Radio Edit)
LabelDouble City, Metronome, Polydor, A&M
Songwriter(s)Kurt Maloo, Felix Haug
Producer(s)Double
Double singles chronology
"Woman of the World"
(1984)
"The Captain of Her Heart"
(1985)
"Devils Ball"
(1987)

"The Captain of Her Heart" is a single by the Swiss duo Double in 1985. Taken from their 1985 album Blue, the song is a ballad about a girl who stops waiting for her absent lover to return. The song was an international success, reaching No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. in the Summer of 1986. The song also made Double the first Swiss act to hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Stewart Mason suggested that the song is "one of the great lost one hit wonders of the mid-1980s." Mason wrote: "The Swiss duo never managed to capitalize on this song's casual sophistication and melodic grace, but it remains a glorious anomaly."[1] The prominent saxophone on the song was played by Christian Ostermeier.

Music video[edit]

There were two different music videos produced for the song. The original Swiss version features the band performing the song in a darkened room. The US version of the video incorporates more of a storyline, with alternating location shots featuring the band members and various female models, including a 15-year-old Denise Richards. A TV program incorporating elements from the US video made the band appear as having 4 members, with Felix Haug either playing drums or piano depending on the shot, and Kurt Maloo either playing guitar and singing or playing saxophone. Most shots of playing musicians just showed 2 of them at the same time, but a few were composite and showed all 4, a double double. The original Swiss video uses a similar idea, but also sometimes makes two incarnations of the same artist appear together and does not attempt at realism. The album cover also represents each artist twice.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by Randy Crawford, Laurent Voulzy, Koto, Roland Kaiser, Ronnie Jones and Beauty & Deep. Contemporary jazz pianist Duncan Millar offered his take on his 2001 album Good to Go.[2]

A Spanish version called "Ancló su Corazón" was written in August 2016 by Cristian Rosemary.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (Polydor)
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" – 3:59
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II – Dub) – 4:04
7" single (A&M)
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" – 3:59
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II – Dub) – 4:04
7" single (Metronome)
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" – 4:35
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II – Dub) – 4:04
12" maxi single
  1. "The Captain of Her Heart" – 4:35
  2. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part II – Dub) – 4:04
  3. "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" (Part I) – 6:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 11
Australia (ARIA)[4] 64
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 15
France (SNEP)[6] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 6
Italy (FIMI)[9] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 16
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "The Captain of Her Heart – Double : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Good to Go overview". Allmusic.com.. A Spanish version called Ancló su Corazón was write by Cristian Rosemary in August 2016.
  3. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Double – The Captain of Her Heart". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  4. ^ "australian-charts.com – Forum – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Double – The Captain of Her Heart" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Double – The Captain of Her Heart" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – Double Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  8. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia – Top Settimanali Single, 1986, 22–02". Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Double – The Captain of Her Heart". VG-lista. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  12. ^ "Double Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).
  13. ^ "Double Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23).