The Heart Throbs

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Members: Rose Carlotti, Rachael Carlotti, Alan Borgia, Stephen Ward, Mark Side, Noko, Steve Monti, Colleen Browne, Steve "Bes" Wick

The Heart Throbs were born in Reading, UK, in the mid 80s. In 1989, after a string of singles on different indies, they signed to One Little Indian who released their debut album, "Cleopatra Grip," in 1990.

The group toured the album heavily, which took its toll. Mark Side & Rachel Carlotti left the band in late-1990, in the middle of a tense US tour. Noko (bass), and Curve's Steve Monti (drums) stepped in to replace them, and stayed with the group for their second album, 1992's "Jubilee Twist."

Their third and final album, "Vertical Smile," was released in 1993. The Heart Throbs had somewhat reinvented themselves into a raw, angry band. On this release Noko and Monti were replaced by Steve 'Bes' Wick (drums) and Colleen Browne (bass, later to appear in Pale Saints). The group played their final UK show on December 8th of that year, before disbanding.
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7559-60961-1 Cleopatra Grip — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Cleopatra Grip (Album) One Little Indian 7559-60961-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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none Jubilee Twist — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Jubilee Twist (Album) One Little Indian none US 1992 Sell This Version
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TPLP43SP, TPLP43 Vertical Smile — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Vertical Smile (Album) One Little Indian TPLP43SP, TPLP43 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

ITTI 043 Toy — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Toy (Single) In Tape ITTI 043 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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RTT 211 Bang — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Bang(12") Rough Trade RTT 211 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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RT 221 Too Many Shadows — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Too Many Shadows (Single) Rough Trade RT 221 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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PROST 1 Here I Hide — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Here I Hide (Single) Profumo PROST 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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PROS 2 Blood From A Stone — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Blood From A Stone (Single) Profumo PROS 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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39 TP 7 Dreamtime — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Dreamtime (Single) One Little Indian 39 TP 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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33TP12 I Wonder Why — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs I Wonder Why (Single) One Little Indian 33TP12 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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PRCD 8198-2-A, PRCD 8198-2-B Groove Is In The Heart / Dreamtime — The Heart Throbs Deee-Lite / The Heart Throbs Deee-Lite / The Heart Throbs - Groove Is In The Heart / Dreamtime(2xCD, Maxi, Promo) Elektra, Elektra PRCD 8198-2-A, PRCD 8198-2-B US 1990 Sell This Version
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50TP7CD Total Abandon EP — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Total Abandon EP (EP) One Little Indian 50TP7CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
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75021 7393 1 Outside — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Outside A&M Records 75021 7393 1 US 1992 Sell This Version
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PRCD 8245-2 She's In A Trance EP — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs She's In A Trance EP (EP, Single) One Little Indian PRCD 8245-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
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60TP7 CD Spongy Thing EP — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Spongy Thing EP (EP, Single) One Little Indian 60TP7 CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
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80TP7CD Worser — The Heart Throbs The Heart Throbs Worser (Single) One Little Indian 80TP7CD UK 1993 Sell This Version

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schmutzba

schmutzba

July 16, 2021
Featuring late Bunnymen drummer extraordinaire Pete De Freitas' 2 sisters & future Pale Saint Colleen Browne. Neat.
Escapist

Escapist

April 2, 2021
Some of the best dream pop you've never heard of. Shame on you.
foogoo

foogoo

February 20, 2021
Would be cool to have a Heart Throbs box set! They must put the Hannett remix of Dreamtime in there though!
hatfulofelt

hatfulofelt

December 20, 2020
Someone needs to put together a career retrospective for this band.
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Slark55

Slark55

July 6, 2020
Excellent indie guitar band from Reading who produced three noteworthy albums all displaying excellent songwriting skills that led to some evocative powerful and bittersweet tunes with a harder edge than say my other female fronted favourites at the time the Darling Buds. With all three album titles having genitalia references you might be forgiven for lumping them in with the riot girll movement but they were always classier than that. The first and third albums Dreamtime and Vertical Smile have been issued together (as one of the Vertical Smile additional entries on discogs) in a limited edition cd and this release is well worth tracking down as an introduction to their work .The band lasted about 8 years despite like the Buds having internal relationship problems and they are well served on youtube. I saw Sleeper on their comeback tour fairly recently and remember thinking the Heartthrobs were far superior.

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