Harden My Heart

Album: Quarterflash (1981)
Charted: 49 3
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  • In this song, the singer finds the strength to leave her man, and is determined to do it without getting squishy. Written by their guitarist Marv Ross, it was a regional hit in the Pacific Northwest when the group called itself Seafood Mama. After a shuffling of the lineup and a name change to Quarterflash, the reissued single became a US Top 5 hit.
  • Quarterflash took its name from an Australian slogan: "a quarter flash and three parts foolish."
  • Something you don't see too often: a female lead singer who also plays the saxophone part. Rindy Ross (wife of group member Marv Ross) from Quarterflash did just that on this song and their follow up single "Find Another Fool."
  • Released the same year MTV went on the air, the video contains many random images that have nothing to do with the song, including jugglers, a little person, a makeup table in the dessert, well-dressed guys on motorcycles, and a sax solo in the rain. It was fairly common in the early '80s to throw lots of disjointed scenes into the videos in an attempt to create a memorable image.
  • Elton John rarely used opening acts at his concerts, but after this song hit the charts in 1982, he enlisted Quarterflash for the job.
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Comments: 14

  • Rick from Los AngelesTrivia: According to the Local 47 recording contracts from the Record Plant in L.A., the band hadn't settled on the name "Quarterflash" until after the sessions (February 1981). The artist name on the contracts is "Chance".
  • Ekristheh from HalathWhen Quarterflash first hit the big time, I remember some radio promotion which compared them to the Beatles. Does anyone else remember this or the context? If anything, they sound like Heart or Pat Benatar.
  • Linda from Roseburg, Orso, does anybody know who wrote the lyrics to "Harden My Heart"....?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 9th 1982, Quarterflash performed "Harden My Heart" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three months earlier on October 11th, 1981 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 7th, 1982 it peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (24 weeks)...
    And on December 20th, 1981 it reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart...
    It slowly worked up the Top 10; started with a week at #9, then one week at #8, two weeks at #6, then two more weeks at #5, a week at #4, and finally two weeks at #3 (following week fell to #7).
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaThis sounds so eerily like Heart(Ann & Nancy Wilson) any ideas why?
  • Mark from Indianapolis, InI have a video of Quarterflash when they were on Friday's in the early 1980's. They do "Harden My Heart" and "Take Another Picture". I had not watched it for over 20 years. They really sounded great.
    Mark, Indianapolis, IN
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaThis might just be the best break-up song ever. And the sax is the perfect touch--makes the song memorable.
  • Christine from Sanbornton. N.h., NhMy daughter's mantra.
  • James from Mcallen, Txi saw quarterflash at south padre island as part of spring break 1984, what a spring break. they opened for jefferson starship and just about stole the show (but they didn't). back then in the 80's spring break concerts were free and always included the BEST bands around. today, there are no free concerts, bands are the pits and only the memories of what were the best years of my life exist. oh yeah, if only time could stand still.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrHow do you harden your heart? And how do you swallow your tears?
  • Rob from Vancouver, CanadaRindy plays the sax in this song(or at least she did wheb i saw them in concert).
  • Brandon from Dawson, TxQuarterflash was a rock group formed in 1980 by joining two of Portland's most popular bar bands, Seafood Mama (Marv and Rindy Ross) and Pilot (Jack Charles, Rich Gooch, Rick DiGiallonardo and Brian David Willis), not to be confused with the popular 1970's act. The band was the first new group to be assigned to Geffen Records in 1981 under the direction of John Boylan.

    Their platinum debut album, Quarterflash (1981), which was taken from an Australian colloquial phrase "a quarter flash and three parts foolish", reached the top of the charts and the economic times with the help of two huge singles: "Harden My Heart" and "Find Another Fool". They also recorded two tracks that were used in two blockbuster films in 1982: "Night Shift" from the soundtrack of the same title, and "Don't Be Lonely" featured on the Fast Times At Ridgemont High soundtrack.

    1983 witnessed a successful follow-up album with Take Another Picture. Their sophomore project featured the top ten hit "Take Me To Heart" and the single "Take Another Picture". Steve Levine was brought in to produce the 1985 recording Back Into Blue which only reached the #150 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts.

    The group called it quits in 1986 only to reform in 1990 with a new line up and a new direction. With the help of producer Charlie Midnight, 1991's Girl in the Wind catches the group delivering a more acoustic rock set than the AOR style Quarterflash offered in the 1980's. Although the album did well in Europe, Girl in the Wind was never released in the United States due to some changes with the Epic Company.

    In 1997, Geffen Records released Harden My Heart: The Best Of Quarterflash featuring every single issued by Geffen between 1981 and 1985. The Quarterflash gang collaborated one last time in 1995 for an unreleased album which featured four tunes that are now availaible on the Marv and Rindy Ross project called Bliss (2002), along with some tracks from the Girl in the Wind CD. This disc can be purchased through the Rosses and the Trail Band website.
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InGreat tune, brings back some great childhood memories.
  • John from Seattle, WaThe husband and wife team of Marv and Rindy Ross are still together. I Googled them and found they have a group called the Trail Band. Here's Marv and Rindy's bio:

    Marv and Rindy Ross (Marv: guitar; Rindy: reeds/woodwinds) were the founders of Quarterflash, whose award-winning debut album on Geffen Records went platinum in 1982. Rindy has been singing Marv's songs for over 20 years, and the couple received the Alumni Award of Excellence from Western Oregon University for their contributions to Oregon arts. The Rosses have toured with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and The Beach Boys. They founded The Trail Band in 1991.

    http://www.trailband.com/
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