Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Quarter Flash's "Harden My Heart"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Okay, I'm cheating here. I just could not find a one-hit wonder song starting with the letter Q, so I opted to go with a band here.

I'm reaching back to 1982 once again for this one. Quarterflash's "Harden My Heart" was a huge hit that year, and went to #1. MTV was brand new at the time, and I remember their music video being pretty dark and heavy, just like the song.

Many would argue that this really isn't a one-hit wonder because Quarterflash did have another song reach the U.S. Billboard charts again in 1983, but for me, "Harden My Heart" was such a huge success, anything they ever did thereafter pales in comparison.

Quarterflash dissolved in 1985 after being dropped by their label. Two members reunited years later and put out an album last year. So I guess they're still together...kinda sorta....maybe?

Either way, the song is pretty melodramatic, much like everything from the 80s. Rindy Ross' vocals are pretty good, though. And hell, she's the one playing the sax!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They had a couple other videos, but that's the only song I remember.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Seafood Mama! From Portland, Oregon. Yes, that was their original name, and I still have a recording of Harden My Heart done when they were still Seafood Mama in 1980. And I saw them in concert on tour for that first album in my home town of Salem. (They opened for Loverboy.) That first album was good, but the next one fell way short.

Fe said...

I like this song and definitely like your blog. I'm glad I found it and am now following you. 'Q' can be as difficult a letter as 'X'.
Just a quick visit from A-Z


N J Magas said...

Nope, it's before my time. I wonder if my age could actually be guessed by how often I've sad that. o.O

Robin said...

I love Quarterflash's Harden My Heart. This is one of my favorite songs from the 80s. We are probably going to karaoke tonight. Maybe I should work on it and since if I can't give it a Go?!?!

Pat Dilloway said...

I remember that song but it's not a favorite by far.

farawayeyes said...

Good song, strange video.

Jenna Howard said...

That was a weird video. A lot of wood paneling and a lot of perms.

I remember that song, don't think I've ever seen the video before. And, uhm, thank goodness for that. It probably added to their demise.

Tony Laplume said...

I was pretty sure I knew this one. I did.

mooderino said...

A video David Lynch would have been proud of. I particularly enjoyed the running around a sauna.

Moody Writing

Rusty Carl said...

What he hell just happened? I loved that song when I was a kid, but man, that is a mess of a vid. What is she wearing? And faux wood paneling is everywhere!! And.... what was the message in that bulldozer and flamerthrower guy razing that building? Was that a metaphor for her heart? She escaped it (in those awful clothes).

Ugh. It makes my eyes hurt.

kmckendry said...

I always liked that song! Never had seen the video though. I agree with Rusty, those are terrible outfits!

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