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Heartbeats & Triggers

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First time on CD including 3 bonus tracks for the debut album from 1982 by this San Francisco alternative band who mixed their love of '60s Rock and Psychedelia with a Punk edge, creating a unique and influential sound. Features 'Everywhere That I'm Not' plus other radio favorites like 'Necessary Spinning', 'Everywhere' and 'Sleeping Snakes'. Wounded Bird. 2007.


1. Everywhere That I'm Not
2. Necessary Spinning
3. Everything You See
4. When I Am with You
5. Nothing Is Saving Me
6. Sleeping Snakes
7. Favorite Drug
8. Everywhere
9. Dark Region
10. My Heart, Your Heart
11. Everywhere That I'm Not [Single Version][*]
12. Current Events [Single Version][*]
13. When I Am with You [Extended Single Version][*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000LRZ06Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on May 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have always felt that Translator's debut, "Heartbeats and Triggers," was a classic of the 80's that somehow escaped the plaudits it so richly deserved. Appearing roughly the same time as REM's debut, it was one of the groups that heralded the oncoming wave of bands to concentrate on acoustic and more "rootsy" sounds. But unlike the southern mood that predominated REM, Translator mixed both San Franciscan and a distinct Beatles sensibility.

Translator's signature song, "Everywhere That I'm Not," captured this mixture perfectly. It's a super-catchy downbeat song that encapsulated that period of the 80's. This album was released in the height of the Reagen years, when many of us feared he would either throw us into a war or back us into one. So the mixture of optimism/cynicism the song evoked was flawless and timeless. Robert Darlington's terrific "Everywhere" was written for John Lennon; he wrote it the day after Lennon's murder as a mixture of his feelings about that event and other things he was going through at that time to also capture a perfect mood.

Translator had two vocalist/songwriters - Darlington and Steve Barton - that meshed in a beautifully brittle sort of way, again giving that band their edge. There was the anger of "Sleeping Snakes" (an anti-war song) and "Nothing Is Saving Me," but also hopeful songs of love and want, like "My Heart Your Heart" and "Everything You See." There isn't a single lesser song on "Heartbeats And Triggers," which is something many eighties bands of this era can't lay claim to. Given the number of artists that eventually adopted this kind of sound (including Tranlslator's 415 labelmates Red Rockers and Wire Train), "Heartbeats and Triggers" can be given a lot of credit for getting there first. I can't believe it took so long for the band's library to finally make it CD. Get them all while you still can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album soon after it came out, my guess is 1981 or 1982. I saw Translator in concert, entirely by accident. I went with friends to see Wall of Voodoo at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix (they had just released the hit "Mexican Radio"), and Translator was the opening band. I love Wall of Voodoo to this day, but Translator blew them off the stage. It was the best show I've seen in my life. I mean, these guys were even better than James Brown. No kidding. That's how good they were. I recently talked to a friend who was also there that night who agrees. These are the songs they played -- the concert was just after their first album. The record is great, "Necessary Spinning" still rings in my head. Unfortunately, as good as the record is, it remains basically an echo of the finest live performance I ever had the pleasure of seeing.
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By D. Howard on May 1, 2015
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I remember these guys back in the day in San Fran, heard them live and got this vinyl. They had a very strong sound musically I thought as a musician myself and was let down they didn't catch on big. Great harmonies on the vinyl. And a very cool band name. Not sure why they sort of faded. It's tough out there. But I see they are playing live again these days. I'd go hear them. Best of luck lads.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Griffith on February 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Heartbeats & Triggers is a great album from this 80's band. It looks like during the span of their career they have released a handful of albums. Though I have only heard a few of the songs on the other albums, I still think this is their strongest release.

Some of my favorites on this album have to be their classic, Everywhere That I'm Not, along with, Necessary Spinning, and When I Am With You. Another great song is, Sleepless Snakes which is of course a protest to the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. And in the 80's, who didn't have a nuclear protest song?

The band is really good at quick guitar riffs and fast drum beats in their songs. Combine that with the lyrics and good vocals and there you have a winner. And again, this is one of those bands from the 80's that deserved more attention than they received.
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By tapi on September 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I saw this group in the 80s at the 9:30 club, and loved them, bought the vinyl album back then and was very happy to see it CD form. Great album.
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