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Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Japan 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 20th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

B. Front Obi

A. Front

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a song written by and first recorded in 1979 by Robert Hazard. However, it is better known as a single by Cyndi Lauper, whose version was released in 1983. It was the first major single released by Lauper as a solo artist and the lead-off single from her debut album She’s So Unusual. Lauper’s version gained recognition as a feminist anthem and was promoted by an award-winning video. It has been covered on either an album or in live concert by over 30 other artists.

The single was Lauper’s breakthrough hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a worldwide hit throughout late 1983 and early 1984. It remains one of Lauper’s signature songs and was a widely popular song during the era of its release, the 1980s. The “Rolling Stone & MTV: ‘100 Greatest Pop Songs’: 1-50”, “Rolling Stone: “The 100 Top Music Videos”” and the “VH1: 100 Greatest Videos” lists ranked the song at No. 22, No. 39 and No. 45, respectively. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

SIDE A:
Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Extended Version) 6:07

SIDE B:
Fun With V. Knutsn (Instrumental) 7:09
Xtra Fun 5:05

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 Girls Just Want To Have Fun U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #2
1984 Girls Just Want To Have Fun U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Portrait ‎– 12・3P-509
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Japan
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Engineer – Elliot Scheiner
Engineer [Assistant] – Tom Swift
Executive-Producer – Lennie Petze
Mixed By – Arthur Baker
Producer – Rick Chertoff
Written-By – R. Hazard*

NOTES:
Special version from the LP “SHE’S SO UNUSUAL”
Manufactured in Japan.

Find the 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
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

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

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

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26 Responses to “Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Japan 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    That B-side is totally unknown to me. Kinda strange actually, because it was such a huge worldwide hit single in 1984. I never bought that 12 inch. So now I am gonna listen to that xtra fun – 31 years later, thanks to the one and only Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    The b-side tracks are instrumental/dubs of the a-side. Enjoy!

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  2. Tony Says:

    Thank you very much for posting this 12 Inch!!
    The B-Sides “Fun With V. Knutsn” & “Xtra Fun” were never released on CD and are my favorite Cyndi remixes. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Tony 🙂

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  3. David Says:

    So much nicer than the plain old boring US 12″ in a black sleeve. Or the UK picture sleeve edition that didn’t have any of the remxies. I’ve said it before, but I am as much a fan of your work with the art as I am with the music. Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you David I am an artwork collector just as much as the music. If it has a cool sleeve I will usually spend the extra money for it 🙂

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  4. NKelly Says:

    Wow. Awesome. Should’ve been on that ‘She’s so unusual’ re-release from 2014 that is currently on the way to me from the states for a mere £11 inc. postage!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I don’t think that re-issue sold very well the bonus material was very lacking.

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  5. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  6. Todd Says:

    Wow! I have the Australian 12″ which has the standard green picture sleeve with polaroid shots of Cyndi dancing on a pier. Nice, but no where near as cool as this Japanese sleeve. I’ve never seen it before! Can we have She Bop and Money Changes Everything next please Paul? Pleeeeeease?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    See what I can do Todd 🙂

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  7. steveasian Says:

    It’s always great to revisit popular tracks like this and I never knew such B-sides tracks existed. Really appreciate your effort in presenting these rare tracks. Thanks a million.
    Steve

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Steve 🙂

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  8. Jeff Says:

    Yes, my prayers have been answered! Paul, thank you so much for this twelve. Arthur Baker got so many kudos for this mix as A.B. brought out the sub-text of the song even more. Love the vocal – dare I say it – orgasms Cyndi stutters throughout the mix. I love this record. Oh, and finally the dubs are included. You came to the rescue Paul. I can’t believe when records as great as “She’s So Unusual” get the anniversary release, they leave off all the classic mixes. Same thing goes for Peter Gabriel’s “So” album. You really don’t know how great you are. And Ooh Ooh OOH!! Such an awesome cover Paul. Tremendous stuff hands down. You are such a phenomenon!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff I had loads of fun ripping yhis one 🙂

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  9. CakeSaint Says:

    Thanks Paul! Did you know that apparently from the obi strip on this release, the Japanese title for the song is “High School is Danceteria” (or perhaps the implied meaning is “My High School is the Danceteria”)? If I recall correctly, Danceteria was a popular club in New York City at the time, and the obi also says, “You can hear the sound of New York!” Thanks again for these great tracks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the Japanese translations CakeSaint I always wondered what it said 🙂

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  10. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Oh yeah, my favourite club population, the girls that just wanted to have fun, and I had a lotta fun with them 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Dunno if I heard the b-side versions before, but they sound very irritating to me! Usually the dub or instrumental mixes are a treat, but here seems Arthur or someone else was just to much into his new sampler-toy and forgot all about the song.
    There’s has been quite a few new remixes of the Girls, most disappointing, except this excellent new version by Cyndi, Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun) (Single Edit) from 1994, and yes only the single edit (got the CD Maxi). http://www.discogs.com/Cyndi-Lauper-Hey-Now-Girls-Just-Want-To-Have-Fun/release/204507

    I vote we call this week, biggest 80s anthems!

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  11. musicdivaSF Says:

    Ohhh… rarest of rare stuff here. 🙂 Thank you very much Dj PaulT. 🙂

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  12. Guss Says:

    Thank you Paul!!!

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  13. gonzalo76 Says:

    A classic!!! Thank you very much Paul!!!! 😀

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  14. Christian Says:

    Great sounding rip!

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  15. CL Says:

    Thanks again! 🙂

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  16. Pup Don Says:

    Paul, I swear I want to drop to my knees and kiss your feet. I had this 12″ back in 1984 and had all three mixes on a cassette that I would play end to end over and over. It was my very first great love affair with a remix. And maybe it was my age or the fact that I love this song so much but the three mixes always go together for me. It’s like when George Michael put out the extended version of I Want Your Sex and it wasn’t just a bunch of remixes, they were different suites and almost told the story. There’s just a perfect flow to these mixes that if you listen to them all in sequence it’s like one really beautiful story with the fading xylophones at the end of Xtra fun playing over the end credits. These rips are far superior to any version I’ve had on my iPod and it reminds me of when I first tore open the plastic wrap of my original 12″. Thank you so much. You’ve made this fan of Lauper’s (and yours) very happy.

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  17. kwork Says:

    Oo, thank you. I don’t know these versions at all, so a new discovery.
    Could you consider posting the 7-inch single? The versions of “Right Track, Wrong Train” on cd are quite compressed, and make my ears bleed. This song cries out for a good vinyl master. Any Goonies versions are also appreciated if available. Thanks so much.

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