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Heartbreak Beat by The Psychedelic Furs

Album: Midnight to MidnightReleased: 1987Charted:
  • This song became a significant hit for The Psychedelic Furs. Not only was it the group's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #26, but it was also their only song to make the Top 40.
  • Although he was born in the UK, the Furs' front man Richard Butler considers himself a bonafide New Yorker and often finds inspiration from the Big Apple. With the Midnight to Midnight album, he hoped to capture the "very urban, very nighttime" feeling of the city after dark. He told Winner magazine in 1986: "It's my interpretation of being in a place. There's a song called 'Heartbreak Beat,' and it's about that feeling when you walk through Washington Square Park and you've got all the boxes going and it sounds like this huge phase-shifter. New York has definitely affected the feel of the songs. I very much pick up on what's around me, steal things, phrases, the feeling of being out at night in New York."

    Butler's co-writers on the song were the group's guitarist John Ashton and bass player Tim Butler (Richard's brother).
  • Glee made the most out of the lyrics "But a kiss ain't enough, and the world don't stop" when the song was used as a soundtrack to Rachel and Finn's kiss on the season one episode "The Rhodes Not Taken."
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