The Psychedelic Furs

Heartbreak Beat

Composed by John Ashton / Richard Butler / Tim Butler

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Taken from 1987's Midnight to Midnight album, "Heartbreak Beat" was a skillful distillation of everything America liked about the Psychedelic Furs' past work -- the danceability of "Heartbeat," the melodic élan of "Love My Way," the visceral thump of "President Gas." As the first single from the LP, it proved a more than mighty taster for the main attraction, although the band's own discontent with that album saw "Heartbreak Beat" disappear from their live show even before the attendant tour was over.

It would be another 13 years before it reappeared, during rehearsals for the Furs' 2000 reunion; having already refused to consider performing the song, Richard Butler was astonished to hear brother Tim playing it one day -- and even more astonished to discover that he actually still liked it. An excellent version of the song duly appeared on the following year's Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Midnight to Midnight 1987 Columbia 5:13
All of This and Nothing 1988 Catalogue
No Image 1989 Combat Records
Collection 1992 Phantom Import Distribution / Sony BMG 5:15
Sedated in the Eighties, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 5:09
B-Sides & Lost Grooves 1994 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 8:07
Rock of the 80's, Vol. 8 1994
Various Artists
Priority Records
Oldies But '80s 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Modern Rock 1987: Hang the DJ 1996
Various Artists
Should God Forget: A Retrospective 1997 Sony Music Distribution
On the Edge [Razor & Tie] 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:05
Greatest Hits 2001 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 5:13
Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live 2001 Sony Music Distribution
Best of the Psychedelic Furs 2007 Sony Music Distribution 5:13
The Psychedelic Furs/Talk Talk Talk/Forever Now/Mirror Moves/Midnight to Midnight 2008 Legacy / Sony BMG 5:12
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:12
Playlist: The Very Best 80s Radio Hits 2009
Various Artists
Legacy 5:12
Playlist: The Best of the Psychedelic Furs 2011 Sony BMG
White Bird in a Blizzard [Original Score] 2014 Lakeshore Records 5:11
Heaven: The Best of the Psychedelic Furs Camden / Sony Music Distribution
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