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

80's and 90's 12 Inch Mixes

Cyndi Lauper – What’s Going On (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 11th, 2011


I don’t usually post on Sunday’s but today is a special day and I thought this 12″ quite fitting.

We will never forget September 11, 2001.

– DjPaulT


“What’s Going On” is a song originally recorded by Marvin Gaye for his groundbreaking 1971 Motown album What’s Going On.

Cyndi Lauper covered “What’s Going On” on her second album, True Colors, in 1986. In March 1987, it was released as the third single from the album.

On the album version, the song starts off with a series of gunshots in reference to Vietnam, while the single release is a remix with an alternate vocal used in the intro. It is the single version that most often appears on compilations. Lauper’s “What’s Going On” was a modest hit around the world, even reaching #17 on the U.S. dance chart, thanks to its club remixes by Shep Pettibone.

The video for the song was also popular and aired heavily on MTV. It was nominated for an award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987. An extended mix of the song is used in the music video.

What’s Going On (Club Version) 6:30
Remix – Shep Pettibone
Engineer – Steve Peck

What’s Going On (Long Version) 6:22
Remix – Shep Pettibone
Engineer – Steve Peck

What’s Going On (Instrumental) 6:25
Remix – Shep Pettibone
Engineer – Steve Peck

One Track Mind 3:39

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 What’s Going On U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #12
1987 What’s Going On U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music Maxi Single Sales #7
1987 What’s Going On U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #17
1987 What’s Going On U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #15


Label: Portrait – 4R9 06740
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Design – Stacy Drummond
Executive Producer – David Wolff
Photography – Annie Leibovitz
Producer – Cyndi Lauper, Lennie Petze

The song inspired, of course by Marvin Gaye and the children of the world.
Cover photo inspired by Man Ray.
Special Version From The Album “TRUE COLORS” (OR 40313)

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
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.

17 Responses to “Cyndi Lauper – What’s Going On (US 12″)”

  1. Andy Says:

    Quite fitting for today. Thanks Paul.


  2. Bubbles Says:

    thanks very much !


  3. Marty Says:

    Love these versions! And that cover is still so gorgeous! =)


  4. Gilbert Says:

    Another great post, Paul. Pic says it all about this special day. Thank You!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Gilbert I thought that myself.


  5. tritoncin Says:

    Great Choice.



  6. Dan Says:

    Very fitting for today, Paul. Thanks for the great job on it, as usual!

    By the way, I see you are now mentioning “Cashbox” Magazine in your chart performance boxes, Thank you for that! Cashbox is often overlooked as is R&R (Radio & Records) Magazine because Billboard always gets the most attention for being the most definitive source of America’s musical tastes. It’s good to see another source recognized as well!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dan I will try to add more Cashbox chart info it’s not always easy to find.


  7. MusicMan3 Says:

    Great post for today. Thank you.


  8. ric Says:

    A beautiful post, Paul!
    Such is the power of pop music that is often downplayed or ignored.


  9. Woz Says:

    Cyndi is amazing. It’s a rare artist that can cover an already amazing song and renew it’s power. Great post, Mr. P 🙂


  10. jon Says:

    Great song, one of my first 12″er’s!


  11. dj colourzone Says:

    Cindy is simply divine…I can feel her honesty in every single note…Thank you Paul!


  12. ra1apm Says:

    Otro clasico ochentero, muchas gracias.


  13. DjPaulT Says:

    Links are fixed 🙂


  14. MATT Says:

    A stunning 12″. Thanks


  15. ricardo rodrigues flores Says:

    thanks dj .excelent … the best site music single .


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>