45 RPMs: Cyndi Lauper Time After Time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time


The U.K. and other versions of the Time After Time 7″ single came with this picture sleeve. The U.S. version did not.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was a huge fan of Cyndi Lauper in the 80s, and She’s So Unusual was one of my very first albums. It still holds a lot of significance for me because it came out at a time when I was just starting to discover my own musical tastes and interests. Cyndi wasn’t my parents’ favorite singer or my brothers’ favorite band – she was all mine.


Time After Time is an absolutely stunning song and one of my all-time favorites. Released in 1984, it was the second single off of She’s So Unusual, after Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and Cyndi’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  


Rob Hyman with The Hooters

A late addition to She’s So Unusual, Time After Time was written by Cyndi and Rob Hyman of The Hooters after the record’s producer suggested the album needed one more song. (Cyndi would later tour with The Hooters on the Girls Just Want to Have Fun tour in support of She’s So Unusual.) Cyndi and Rob quickly wrote the song, drawing from experiences they each were going through in personal relationships.


Time After Time was released as a 7″ single with I’ll Kiss You as the B side. The U.S. version isn’t particularly easy to find, although the few I did find weren’t expensive (about $5). The U.K. and other versions have a nice picture sleeve, again not expensive and relatively easy to find if you’re willing to buy from a seller outside the U.S.


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