Single Of The Week 24/01/97

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Cyndi Lauper
PR 45042

When movie soundtracks filled with popular music took off in a big way in the 1980s, they posed a special problem if you were determined to collect every song by a particular artist. Since soundtracks often featured numbers unavailable anywhere else, more often than not you'd end up forced to buy an entire album just to get one song. The problem got worse when the CD age kicked in in a big way. If the soundtrack you wanted came from a film that was a miserable failure, the odds of it being available on CD were slight, to say the least. Even if the song itself was a hit, there's no guarantee that there's an easy way to get hold of it.

Such is the case with Cyndi Lauper, who has recorded several soundtrack numbers (especially since she took up an acting career). Two of those songs -- 'Hole In My Heart' and today's selection, 'The Goonies 'R' Good Enough' -- made the Australian Top 10. Neither, though, is included on her greatest hits album, Twelve Deadly Cyns . . . And Then Some (although the former can admittedly be found on the Japanese pressing if you don't mind coughing up $40 for one song). The Goonies soundtrack itself has been released on CD, but is currently out of print (except in Japan).

Quite aside from the fact that it would be nice for a greatest hits album to include all the greatest hits, it's a shame that one of Cyndi's better-known and catchiest songs (co-written with Stephen Broughton Lunt and A. Stead) is all but lost. Cyndi even went so far as to make a video clip in two parts for this number, featuring the cast of the movie. The B-side, 'What A Thrill' (originally dating from Cyndi's first band, Blue Angel), also featured on the soundtrack, and is worthy enough too.

The unflappable Ms Lauper has a new album, Sisters Of Avalon, due any day now (it's already out in, you guessed it, Japan), and a single, 'You Don't Know', to go with it. She's also got a movie soundtrack song, 'Unhook The Stars', featured on the new album. Guess someone's learnt something somwehere.

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