Song of the Day, February 18: Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

LauperTimeToday’s song was the biggest hit for a woman who set the mid-80s charts on fire. Cyndi Lauper’s solo debut, She’s So Unusual, burst onto the scene, brimming with her distinctive talent, MTV-friendly charm, and smart song choices. After a #2 smash with Robert Hazard’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun, she chose a song she wrote with Rob Hyman (of the Hooters) for her next single.

Instructed by producer Rick Chertoff to create “just one more song” for the album, Lauper collaborated with Hyman, inspired by the relationship challenges each was facing. The result was Time After Time, a gorgeous, aching song of devotion. A quiet ballad set over simple synths and jangle-pop guitar, it was a real change of pace from the lead single. Lauper’s unusual voice works perfectly, delivering the words with sincerity. The strong imagery — try “suitcase of memories”, one of Lauper’s favorites — helps raise the song from standard I-love-you fare. The result was another smash, spending two weeks at #1. The emotional resonance has lasted, with the track showing up on dozens of best-of lists over the decades.

Enjoy this lovely hit today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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