ES7-02718 Heartland
Produced by Warne Livesey & Matt Johnson
Released on August 1986
UK CHART POSITION #29 (charted Aug. 9, 1986 for 10 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
ES7-02718 w. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]

B efore delivering his diagnosis on England’s political ills (Infected), Matt Johnson administered a couple of booster shots to brace them: “Sweet Bird of Truth” and, some weeks later, “Heartland.” The latter became his first UK Top 40 single, this despite the fact that it’s a dour bit of business that comes to the harsh conclusion that England is the 51st state of the USA. (Oh yeah, how do you like me now, Puerto Rico?) The 7-inch B side was a nonalbum track, “Born in the New S.A.,” while the 12-inch includes another ("Flesh and Bones"). Interestingly, “Heartland” appeared in the US as a free promotional record from the now-defunct (in all but name) Tower Records with the future single “Slow Train to Dawn” on the flip. To their credit, the English take their medicine, but Epic couldn’t give this stuff away in the USA. Sweet truth or not, without the sugar coating, we don’t swallow (which could make a really good flag with a snake on it or something).

TRACK LISTING

    7-inch single
  1. HEARTLAND
  2. BORN IN THE NEW S.A.

    12-inch single (T2)
  3. HEARTLAND
  4. FLESH AND BONES
  5. BORN IN THE NEW S.A.

    Limited edition 12-inch single (Q2)
  6. HEARTLAND
  7. BORN IN THE NEW S.A.
  8. SWEET BIRD OF TRUTH

    Double 12-inch single (D2)
  9. HEARTLAND
  10. FLESH AND BONES
  11. BORN IN THE NEW S.A.
  12. PERFECT
  13. FRUIT OF THE HEART

    US 7-inch promotional single
  14. HEARTLAND    (Matt Johnson)    5:02
  15. SLOW TRAIN TO DAWN    (Matt Johnson)    4:11

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK August 1986 Epic 7"/12/12LE/D12 TRUTH-2/T2/Q2/D2 picture sleeve
US 1986 Epic 7PRO ES7-02718 picture sleeve
ITA/NET 1986 Epic 7" EPC A 6983 picture sleeve

 

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