Burning The Ground: DjPaulT's 80's and 90's Remixes

80's and 90's 12 Inch Mixes

Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 5th, 2011


Written by Wayne Braithwaite, Willy Head, Barry Eastmond, Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Billy Ocean, “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” was used as the theme song for the Michael Douglas film, The Jewel of the Nile, the sequel to the hit blockbuster film, Romancing the Stone.

Aided by a video featuring Douglas and co-stars Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito as lip-synching backup singers, the song became a major international hit reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in February 1986 and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

In 1994, the song was used for a clip of the 1986 edition of the BBC The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years featuring coverage of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines. Three years later, it was also used as a background song in the 1985-86 football season edition of Match of the 80s, during coverage of the challenge Kenny Dalglish faced on his appointment as player-manager of Liverpool F.C..

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (Extended Version) 5:43
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (Single Version) 4:05

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (Club Mix) 7:35
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (Instrumental) 5:12

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1985 When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #2
1985 When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #6
1985 When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #2
1985 When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #31


Label: Jive
Catalog#: JD-1-9431
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Funk
Credits: Executive Producer – Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange
Mixed By – Nigel Green
Producer – Barry J. Eastmond*, Wayne Brathwaite
Written-By – B. Eastmond*, B. Ocean*, R.J. Lange*, W. Brathwaite*

From the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture Soundtrack “The Jewel Of The Nile.”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

You can help show your support for this blog by making a donation using PayPal. Thank you for your help.

21 Responses to “Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (US 12″)”

  1. Johan Says:

    Thank you!


  2. Guss Says:

    Thank you Paul for this super classic!!!


  3. Chris Daniel Says:

    Awesome post Paul. Love Billy Ocean stuff and this track is an all out classic! Retweeting away..


  4. musicdivaSF Says:

    A total awesome, awesome post. Thank you Dj Paul! 🙂


  5. DjPaulT Says:

    I thought this one fitting to follow up the Eddy Grant “Romancing The Stone” post with, even though it was a bit of a monster rip. After two days of working on it I think it turned out pretty good. I hope you all enjoy it.


    ric Reply:

    It surely is!
    I can’t wait to listen the fruits of your labour! I can imagine how sweet the sounds will be!
    Thanks, Paul!


  6. Dan Says:

    Wow, this is great…You have made my day, Paul, first with the Eddy Grant posting and now this! I have been trying to find the Club Mix forever and now here it is! A million thanks to you! I remember when this song came out, I was disappointed that it didn’t get to #1 in Billboard (although it did go to #1 in “Cashbox”.) What a shame. But thanks again….this is something I’ve been looking for a long, long time!


    ric Reply:

    Yeah, Whitney Houston leap-frogged over Billy Ocean with How Will I Know in early ’86 to claim that Billboard #1.
    Still, it was a big #2 smash for Billy, ending the year end charts at #31.


    Dan Reply:

    I remember that very well – “How Will I Know” jumped from #5 to #1. It was rare in the 80’s to see a song take a jump into #1 from a position from below the Top 3 or 4. Of course, nowadays, songs often take monumental jumps to #1, like Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson, both of whom did it from positions below #90.


  7. 80spornstar Says:

    AWESOME!!! What else to say.


  8. Woz Says:

    Nice shoes, Billy.


  9. Woz Says:

    Thanks for yet another killer rip, djpt! I loved this song, Loverboy, and Get Outta My Dreams when I was a youngster. Played them all the time 8)


    ric Reply:

    Don’t forget Caribbean aka African aka European Queen as well!


  10. jbird Says:

    Thanks, Paul! How about the “Caribbean Queen” 12″ sometime? The 12″ mix is very rare and, as you know, is Billy Ocean’s biggest hit.


  11. Christian Says:

    Thanks a lot, Paul!


  12. TD Says:

    Very nice. Love the instrumental.


  13. OPODER! Says:

    I love ALL versions! TY Paul :*


  14. Tyler Says:

    I think I posted a couple days ago but i just wanted to ask if you can fix some of your links to the older vinyl tracks because they are not working. The billy ocean ones in particular.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Tyler links have been fixed for all of the Billy Ocean posts. Enjoy 🙂


  15. jordi Says:

    i can download the track. i need a password


  16. qat Says:



Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>