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Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters (Searchin’ For The Spirit) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 30th, 2014


A. Front

This is the first UK 12″ released for “Ghostbusters” this 12″ contains an alternate remix “Searchin’ For The Spirit” on the A-side. The second UK 12″ has already been posted back in 2012.

Over the years, the catchphrases “Who you gonna call?” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.” have been etched into fans’ memories. The famous “GB break dance/shuffle” performed by Murray and Aykroyd in the 1984 Ray Parker, Jr. music video,”The Real Ghostbusters” end credits and again in “Ghostbusters II” for the party Ray and Winston performed.

Many found the tune similar to Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug”. Others found the score’s synthesizer notes (that were held for several seconds) akin to the chord struck in Gary Numan’s “Cars”.

Ray Parker Jr. had to get pretty creative with this, as writing a song with the word “Ghostbusters” in it is quite challenging. In an interview with George Cole, author of The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991, Parker said: “It sounds easy now because you’ve heard the song. But if somebody told you to write a song with the word ‘Ghostbusters’ in it, it’s pretty difficult. That was the hard part – getting the title in the song.”

Parker added that he got his girlfriend and her friends to shout the title for the chorus, since he didn’t want to sing it. Parker, who was a renowned session musician, played most of the instruments on the track.

The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984, staying there for three weeks, and at number two on the UK Singles Chart on September 16, 1984, staying there for three weeks.

Ghostbusters (Searchin’ For The Spirit) 5:27

Ghostbusters (Dub Instrumental Version) 5:33

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Ghostbusters U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1984 Ghostbusters U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #9
1984 Ghostbusters U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play #6
1984 Ghostbusters U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks #1


Label: Arista ‎– ARIST 12 580, Arista ‎– ARIST 12-580
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single
Country: Europe
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Mastered By – JA*
Performer, Producer, Written-By, Engineer, Mixed By – Ray Ray Parker Jr.
Remix – Nick Martinelli And David Todd*

The Blockbusting Theme from the Ghostbusting Movie

Remixed from the Forthcoming Soundtrack Album

Engineered and Mixed at Ameraycan Studios.

Made in Gt. Britain

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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22 Responses to “Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters (Searchin’ For The Spirit) (UK 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Don’t think I know this first version, great Paul! Thanks.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome 🙂


  2. ex15 Says:

    Disco doesn’t get much better than this..!

    I too look forward to hearing the first track (the dub is also available on another European 12″ disc.

    Thanks as always Paul.. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I have already posted the other “Ghostbusters” 12″ with three versions 🙂


  3. David Says:

    Thanks Paul, this has always been a movie-song favourite of mine.

    “Who you gonna call… DjPaulT!” 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Squeeeeze! You’re welcome David 🙂


  4. Todd Says:

    Cool! Had no idea this mix existed! Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Todd 🙂


  5. Disco-D Says:

    Once upon a time a British artist/producer, called Robin Scott, composed a song called “Pop Musik”. He signed to MCA Records and had a worldwide hit with the tune in 1979. In 1984, Huey Lewis And The News incorporated the “Pop Musik” bassline into a song of theirs called “I Want A New Drug”. Soon after, Ray Parker Jr. did the same. It is relevant whether Ray stole from Huey or directly from the source – M “Pop Musik”. Both Ray & Huey owe their musical hook to the original 1979 song. Unfortunately for Robin Scott, he was advised to take a one-off lump sum out-of-court settlement. If he had persisted, he would have rightfully (legally) been entitled to much more.. a large writing (percentage) credit on both Huey & Ray’s songs and royalties from sale, air play (radio, tv, film) and VHS, DVD, Blu Ray sales. It makes me cry to think how much he lost out on!

    When it comes to legal advice… Always get a second and third opinion!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the info!


    Jermajesty Reply:

    I didn’t realise the Pop Musik connection, only knew of the Huey Lewis.

    There’s a phrase I’ve heard several times that you can’t really copyright (or therefore sue over) a bassline. The argument being they’re just part of the structure of a song, it’d be like trying to sue over a drum fill-in, or chord progression. I don’t know how true it is, I first heard about it in The KLF’s book How To Have A Number One (so likely they just made it up 😀 )


    George Reply:

    Actually,you can sue over a bass line. Huey did it and won.


    Disco-D Reply:

    What Huey didn’t say was that he and his band stole the bassline (I Want A New Drug) from M “Pop Muzik”. Robin Scott (the man behind M) was persuaded at the time to take a lump sum (not very much) to walk away from suing Huey Lewis AND Ray Parker Jr. Unfortunately, that means, today Robin Scott receives no further payment, no entitlement and no writing/publishing credit for I Want A NEw Drug or Ghostbusters. Of course, this would never happen now. A good lawyer would demand credit and payment on ALL who stole/borrowed.


    George Reply:

    Weirdly,I’m probably the only one who doesn’t hear much of a similarity between the three songs. Of course,I was ten when M came out and about fifteen when the other two hit.


  6. Ziv Says:

    I know this mix before the other 12″ version 🙂
    Anyway thanks


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ziv 🙂


  7. woz Says:

    Great bass line – great movie. I love 80s soundtrack stuff. Not sure if I have this version, so the completist in me thanks you for adding this to the blog 🙂


  8. ric Says:

    Such a fun movie theme! And 1984 gave us loads of silver screen classics!
    Thanks for this other version, Paul!

    By the end of the 80s decade, only three non-#1’s made it as part of the Top 20 best selling singles of the UK.

    #5 Last Christmas/Everything She Wants – Wham!
    #13 Blue Monday – New Order
    #18 Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr

    Goes to show what a massive seller it was!


    woz Reply:

    That’s an interesting contribution, Ric. I can’t believe “Last Christmas” didn’t go to #1 in the UK…crazy! I would have lost money on that bet 🙂


    ric Reply:

    It’s all thanks to Band Aid.
    But at least it is now the biggest selling non-#1 single in the UK pop music history.


  9. dazz22 Says:

    another classic cheers


  10. vuoksenniska Says:

    Thank you very much for this Ghostbuster mix!
    And thank you for all your hard work 🙂


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