The Psychedelic Furs – Heartbreak Beat (US 12″)

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

“Heartbreak Beat” is a song by the British new wave band the Psychedelic Furs, originally released in 1986 as the lead single for their 1987 album Midnight to Midnight. The song was written by band members Richard Butler, John Ashton, and Tim Butler. The song also appeared on the UK music compilation Hits 5 in November 1986.

Issued as a single, “Heartbreak Beat” reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became the Psychedelic Furs’ only Top 40 hit in the United States. The song also reached the top 20 of both the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Dance charts. Comparatively, the song was less successful in the United Kingdom and peaked at #79 on the UK Singles Chart.

SIDE A:
Heartbreak Beat (Extended Mix) 8:06
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero*

SIDE B:
Heartbreak Beat (Dub) 5:44
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero*

New Dream 4:54

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1987 Heartbreak Beat U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #26
1987 Heartbreak Beat U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #11
1987 Heartbreak Beat U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #14

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Columbia ‎– 44 05969
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Chris Kimsey
Written-By – J. Ashton*, R. Butler*, T. Butler*

NOTES:
“Heartbreak Beat” Special version from the Columbia LP:
“Midnight To Midnight”

Find the 12″ at DISCOGS

VINYL RESTORATION BY:
-DjPaulT
burningtheground.net

THE GEAR:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge/Stylus: Ortofon 2M Black
Turntable Isolation Platform: ISO-Tone™ Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck
Phono Pre-amp:
Pro-Jec Tube Box DS2
DAC:
Alpha Design Labs GT40a USB DAC
Record Cleaning
: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans
: Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/Scanner

SOFTWARE:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling/Dither: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi


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gonzalo76
gonzalo76
9 days ago

Thank you Paul! I like this era very much.
Shock (The Shep Pettibone Mix) is a good one too.

Greg. M
Greg. M
10 days ago

Thanks Paul, love the song and 2 great mixes I haven’t heard. When you posted Danger, I checked and noticed you still had Love My Way available (for me – their absolutely best song) am I right in thinking there are no alternative mix/remixes of the song? If so that would seem odd as those floating keyboards seemed to be crying out for something.

Retro Hound
Retro Hound
10 days ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! My favorite PF single now in pristine quality!

Fred
Fred
10 days ago

So I check out this site today and don’t recall this song at all. I wasn’t into the PF. I then saw that it got a fairly high chart rank and Youtube’d the album version. Up to about 28 seconds I’m completely still unknown to the song. Then at about 0:34 I find deep, deep, DEEP back in my brain the chorus about 1/2 a second before it is sung! Wait. Was it just luck and/or similar to some other song from my vast brain database? Then at 0:42 the chorus comes again but I now figure, “yeah, it’s just… Read more »

Grant
Grant
10 days ago

Thanks for this one!

dugn
dugn
10 days ago

What a great song and great memories. I remember getting this 12″ from the store and being excited about it simply from the bold, cool cover art. I may even like the cover even more than the music 🙂

It’s really cool to hear this great 12″ again after all of these years and hear that classic British moan as only Richard Butler can do it. Thanks for the goodness, Paul!

negative1
10 days ago

hi paul, wow, didn’t we see something from them just a little while ago. so now they’re back. well, this to me was a very cool era for them. i know, i know, for the older fans, it was their sellout album, and it was very smooth and commercial. but most bands go through that phase, and for me that was fine. he still had his raspy voice, and they still had those obtuse lyrics. but what is their fascination with ‘heart’s, and things of that nature. they already had another song called ‘heartbeat’. maybe this was a follow up.… Read more »

gnihtytterp
gnihtytterp
10 days ago

Cool, fantastic post!!, this one and 1988’s All That Money Wants single were two of my fave singles in the wole 80s. Many thanks

gnihtytterp
gnihtytterp
Reply to  DjPaulT
10 days ago

I’ve sold my copy with the CD boom :/… it was an awesome single, I think this was my copy: LINK, many thanks for Heartbreak Beat !!