The Captain of Her Heart

Composed by Felix Haug / Kurt Maloo

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One of the great lost one hit wonders of the mid-'80s, Double's "The Captain of Her Heart" is one of those songs that stands outside of its time period; this could conceivably have been a hit at any point from the early '70s onwards. The key is the watery piano riff that drives the song, sounding like a cross between Floyd Cramer and early Elton John, along with Kurt Maloo's detached, diffident vocals, which manage to out cool Bryan Ferry at his own game, and one of the best alto sax solos this side of Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street." The Swiss duo (their name is pronounced doo-BLAY, incidentally) never managed to capitalize on this song's casual sophistication and melodic grace, but it remains a glorious anomaly.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Blue 1985 Polydor 4:34
Romantic Hits of the 80's 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:35
KKSF 103.7 FM Sampler for AIDS Relief, Vol. 5 1994
Various Artists
KKS 4:32
WNUA 95.5: Smooth Jazz Sampler for AIDS Relief 1994 1994
Various Artists
WNUA 4:32
Living in Oblivion: The 80's Greatest Hits, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
Capitol 4:34
Retro Lunchbox: Gooey Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
Intersound 4:31
Now: 1986 [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:57
20 Jahre Radio 24 1999
Various Artists
Polydor 4:02
Pop & Wave, Vol. 6 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:30
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records
Twogether Pop 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:59
Années 80 [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:47
80's, Vol. 2 [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Now: That's What I Call Music! 1986 [1 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
80's Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:52
De Pre Historie: 1985, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 3:59
Hit! Hit! Hit!
Various Artists
Som Livre
Kramme Rock
Various Artists
Arcade Music 3:57
Mélodies en Or, Vol. 3
Various Artists
The Greatest Love [Telstar]
Various Artists
Telstar 3:22
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