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Don Johnson’s ‘Heartbeat’ - Your thoughts?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by thnkgreen, May 2, 2021.

  1. thnkgreen

    thnkgreen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I know zero about Don Johnson’s music career, being familiar only with Miami Vice. One day I stumbled across the track ‘Heartbeat’ on YouTube and... well.... guilty pleasure... I like it. Anyone else like this track, or any of Don’s music? Any other favorite tracks? I couldn’t find any threads on the subject.

    Also, is that Dweezil Zappa on the solo of ‘Heartbeat’?

  2. Bill007

    Bill007 Forum Resident

    Boynton Beach, Fla
    I remember liking the song very much. Pure 80s.
  3. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    First heard it on the video game Grand Theft Auto V as a teen and liked it quite a bit. Bought the Heartbeat LP some time ago and it's not too shabby, either. The track "Heartache Away" is a true standout in my book:

  4. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    Google says "Yes, it is."
  5. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    When Johnson's version came out, I thought it was weak sauce compared to the original by Wendy Waldman, who co-wrote it. Hers came out 4 years earlier. Oh, and Peter Frampton does the guitar solo:

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  6. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    I forgot the track "Star Tonight", written by Bob Seger and featuring Willie Nelson on backing vocals:

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  7. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Sounds almost like a Pat Benatar song - thanks for sharing, I didn't know this before :righton:
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  8. Barney_Tabasco

    Barney_Tabasco Well-Known Member

    still have this on vinyl somewhere. I like it!
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  9. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Yeah, me too! :agree:
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  10. Don also co-wrote some s0ngs with Dickey Betts.
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  11. DanaDotCom

    DanaDotCom Forum Resident

    Syracuse NY
    Helen Reddy also recorded "Heartbeat". It's the closing track on her '83 album Imagination.
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  12. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    honestly? it's not my cup of Earl Grey...
  13. sillycornelius

    sillycornelius Forum Resident

    I'm just here to thank you for creating a Don Johnson "Heartbeat" thread. Didn't see that one coming. And I had no idea Dweezil played the solo so thanks for that as well! :righton:
  14. zipzapzopzoup

    zipzapzopzoup Forum Resident

    Same here, except for the being a teen bit. I have strong memories of Don and Miami Vice from the 80s (I was 8 in 86), but had no idea he sang too!
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  15. piston broke

    piston broke Forum Resident

    I remember expecting to hate it - which was a bit of premature adjudication as I liked it on first listen, and still dig it out occasionally.
  16. kouzie

    kouzie Forum Resident

    Batavia, IL
    IIRC, Stevie Ray Vaughan is on one of the album tracks as well.
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  17. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    The ATX
    Don’t sleep on the other Miami Vice guy. He released an album too :rolleyes:
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  18. mtvgeneration

    mtvgeneration Forum Resident

    Best pop-rock song by any famous actor turned solo artist.
  19. Solly Bridgetower

    Solly Bridgetower Elton is my golden God of music. Deal with it.

    Ontario, Canada
    Two of them, actually. And they both suck. Real bad.
  20. saturdayboy

    saturdayboy Forum Resident

    Are you sure about that? There’s quite a few to chose from.

    I remember thinking it was decent pop song when it came out, but wondering shouldn’t the chorus go “I’m listening for a heartbeat” ?
  21. saturdayboy

    saturdayboy Forum Resident

    We need an answer to this!!!
  22. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    There's an obscure Tom Petty song on that record, if I recall correctly.
  23. mtvgeneration

    mtvgeneration Forum Resident

    Not entirely, but it's up there and Google "best songs by actors" digs it up in a select top-of-the-page batch. There probably are some other very good pop-rock songs by actors that I haven't heard, less likely to have become big hits.
  24. manicpopthrill

    manicpopthrill Forum Resident

    ICT, Kansas
    It’s god awful, but we used to have fun parodying/making fun of it so there’s that. Good for a laugh.
  25. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Sold out the Enormodome

    Tampa, FL
    Dweezil talks about it at about the 2:10 mark of this video from earlier in the year. The video was for a guitar sale of his.

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