Song of the Day, March 5: The Wrong Heartbeat by Richard Thompson

RTKindnessWrongHToday’s song is The Wrong Heartbeat. Richard Thompson left Fairport Convention, recorded one solo album, and then began a decade long musical partnership with wife Linda. As their marriage disintegrated, he began working on new solo material. On 1983’s Hand of Kindness, he assembled a crack band of friends and colleagues and established himself as a smart bandleader as well as a talented songwriter and nuanced singer. It’s a nice set of songs that finds Thompson experimenting with a variety of sounds.

A standout in solid company, The Wrong Heartbeat is a remarkably straightforward song for the master of understatement and dark irony. Built on a funky folky groove with driving horns, it’s a bold I’m-true-to-you-so-treat-me-right track. Thompson sings with energy and confidence and the band surge along with him perfectly.

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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