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Quarterflash was a / group best known for their 1981 hit “Harden My Heart”. That track appeared on their critically praised eponymous debut album. The band was lead by vocalist and saxophonist Rindy Ross as well as her husband, the guitarist Marv Ross. Guitarist Jack Charles, keyboardist Rick DiGiallonardo, bassist Rich Gooch, and drummer Brian David Willis rounded out the line-up.

Initially known as “Seafood Mama”, the group gained a strong local following playing bars and nightclubs in Portland, Oregon. In the spring of 1980, Seafood Mama recorded Marv’s new composition “Harden My Heart” on a private record label. The single received considerable airplay on Portland radio stations, and the band felt that they were ready for something more

Signed by a then young label, Geffen Records, the group released their first album, ‘Quarterflash’, in 1981. The label’s marketing organization had urged getting rid of the “Seafood Mama” name, so they changed things. The new name supposedly came from an colloquial Australian reference to new immigrants as “one quarter flash and three parts foolish”.

A new version of “Harden My Heart” was recorded and released; and rose to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album reached number 8 on Billboard’s Top Albums, and sold over a million copies, earning RIAA gold certification on February 5, 1982, and platinum status on June 29, 1982. Their follow-up single from the album, “Find Another Fool”, reached #16.


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  • jjmuttly

    makes ya feel good when sit goes bad ps they got him!

    20 Apr 2013 Reply

    Spanki! This is a great tune!

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TCBProject

    Neat little band! Love the horns! thanks!

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • lottadogs

    yeah awesome song luv it ....2

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • muzicsf

    yeah awesome song luv it ....

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • boomer4459

    awsome memorys for me growing up in the 80's and 70's

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • boomer4459

    awsome memorys for me growing up in the 80's and 70's

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • vaughnvhalen

    Originally a local Portland Oregon band called,"Seafood Mama" 1n 1979-1980. We Portlanders were so proud to see them hit big .1st Bill Walton and the very young Trail Blazers winning the 1977 Championship and then a local band :)

    19 May 2011 Reply
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  • marlads

    Saw them open for Night ranger in 1985...It was amazing!!!

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • macnoetz

    what a great voice

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • moculta

    Echt cool

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • Rissacakes

    I had completely forgotten about Quarterflash until just recently. Thanks, VH1 Classic. Hahah. :)

    4 May 2009 Reply

    harden my heart, again............!

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SoorFM

    The wild blend of Guitar, Sax and Rindy's voice has made this band one of the most mesmerizing bands for me that are still just as good to listen to today...

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • M_nk

    I remember Quarter Flash from when I was stationed in San Diego in the 80's. I thought it was interesting that Rindy Ross was so - well - struck me as a Karen Carpenter with all the talent of singing and musical instruments that she played. Too - that the inital name of their band (Seafood Mama) may have set them back - changing to Quarter Flash earlier might have helped them get started earlier - LOL...

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • reach4dastarz12

    take another pictureeeee is amazinggggg<3 and so is like --- every single one of their songs haha

    5 Sep 2007 Reply
  • toffea

    Fantastic first album ! Love should be so kind is a marvellous song

    18 Jun 2007 Reply
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