Album: Actually (1988)
Charted: 1
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  • This was originally written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe during sessions for their first album Please in 1986. The duo intended to offer this to Madonna or Hi-NRG singer Hazell Dean but they eventually decided to record it themselves. It was originally called "Heartbeat" but the title was altered as Culture Club's Jon Moss had just started a band called Heartbeat UK. Chris Lowe was unenthuastic about the song's potential so Neil Tennant reworked the chord structure with producer Andy Richards.
  • The song is, unusually for a Pet Shop Boys number, a straightforward love song.
  • Neil Tennant recalls in 1000 UK #1 Hits: "The inspiration for 'Heart,' which was originally called 'Heartbeat' was Phyllis Nelson's minor American hit 'I Like You.' It was produced by Shep Pettibone whom I'd always wanted to work with." Neil then explains about the reworked version: "The first version we did with him (Andy Richards), with the syn drum on it, ended up being the 7-inch and has J.J. Belle playing guitar on it, but for some reason we went off that and asked Julian Mendolsohn to mix the song for the album. He took out the guitar because he said it was too complicated, and he accidentally wiped a bit off the track - that's why it comes in going 'beat beat heartbeat."

    Neil Tennant continues in the same book: "This is the song we wanted to give to Madonna, but we never tried. Then I thought about giving it to Hazell Dean, but after Pete Waterman's negative comments about 'It's A Sin,' I decided against giving the song to one of his artists."
  • In addition to its #1 UK placing, this also reached #1 in Switzerland and Germany.
  • The video directed by Jack Gold retells the story of Dracula and features Ian McKellen as Dracula. It was based on the 1922 film Nosferatu. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
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