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October 27, 2016

Quarterflash – Quarterflash (1981)

by Record Facts

Quarterflash is an American rock group formed in 1980 in Portland, Oregon. The band was originally made up of the only two current members, Rindy Ross and her husband Marv Ross.

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Artist:  Quarterflash
Title:  Quarterflash
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen Records
Catalog#  GEF 85438

The group was formed by merging two popular Oregon bands, Seafood Mama and Pilot (not to be confused with the Scottish band of “Magic” fame). Continuing under the name Seafood Mama, the band originally released the picture-sleeved single “Harden My Heart” on a local private label, Whitefire Records, in the spring of 1980 (with the B-side track being “City of Roses”). “Harden My Heart” was a big hit on Portland radio stations and got the band a one-hour TV special, Seafood Mama In Concert, on KOIN on June 5, 1980. “Harden My Heart” would later be rerecorded by the band after they renamed themselves Quarterflash. The name came from an Australian slang description of new immigrants as “a quarter flash, three quarters foolish”, which the Rosses found in a book at producer John Boylan‘s house.

Quarterflash signed to Geffen Records and released their self-titled debut album Quarterflash in September 1981. It reached No. 8 on Billboards Top LPs & Tape chart, and sold over a million copies, earning RIAA platinum status on June 30, 1982. The album contained the new version of “Harden My Heart”, which became their biggest single, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 (and the Top 20 in France). The follow-up single from the album, “Find Another Fool”, reached No. 16. A second one-hour Portland television special, Quarterflash In Concert, was broadcast on KOIN on October 22, 1981, and simulcast on KGON. This concert was taped at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on October 15, 1981.

 

Side one
1.   Harden My Heart   (3:51)
2.   Find Another Fool   (4:32)
3.   Critical Times   (5:06)
4.   Valerie   (4:20)
5.   Try To Make It True   (3:38)

Side two
1.   Right Kind Of Love   (3:49)
2.   Cruisin’ With The Deuce   (4:10)
3.   Love Should Be So Kind   (3:10)
4.   Williams Avenue   (7:57)

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