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Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 11th, 2017


Originally posted May 4th, 2011

“I Wanna Be A Cowboy” is a 1985 single by British duo Boys Don’t Cry. A novelty song with deadpan humour and kitschy references, the song has been described as the perfect musical realization of a spaghetti western movie. It hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales chart in 1986-1987, and was R&R #8. “I Wanna Be A Cowboy” was also a top 10 hit in Australia and South Africa. The video featured a cameo appearance by Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead.

I Wanna Be A Cowboy (12″ Saddle Mix) 6:05

I Wanna Be A Cowboy (Instrumental Saloon Mix) 6:05

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1985 I Wanna Be A Cowboy U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #12
1985 I Wanna Be A Cowboy U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales #13
1985 I Wanna Be A Cowboy U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #44


Label: Profile Records ‎– PRO-7084
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Engineer – Chris Potter, Tony Taverner
Photography – Simon Fowler
Producer – Boys Don’t Cry
Written-By – Chatton*, Seopardie*, Richards*, Ramsden*

Jacket Made In Canada
Message in run-out groove, side A: This Cowboy Ride is BLAZE-“ing” HOT!!!

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
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 Removal: Manual
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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Password: burningtheground

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13 Responses to “Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Thankyou Paul. I have this 12″ single too.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  2. Roy Mahoney Says:

    Really love this song so many thanks for this Paul. Apologies for being a trifle late with my donation by the way but hope it helps. Eternally grateful for all you do as always. Big hugs and warmest wishes my friend from across the pond. x


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you so much for the donation. I hope all is great in your part of the world. Hugs 🙂


  3. Jeff Says:

    I need to put on the leather chaps!!! I absolutely love this song and I remember how the girls at the Sorority House on my College campus, would clamor for this song!! BUT, we didn’t have the 12-inch, and Paul, your sound makes things so much more festive. You give my memories High Definition and incredible fidelity!! Ooh, I think I want to make a BTG compilation with this song, “Reach” by Martini Ranch and The Escape Club’s “Wild, Wild West.” You’re so perfect Paul. Thanks for making my musical vistas……GRAND!!!



    P.S. Hey, I love when you re-rip these classics. Plus, the digital sticker you attach to your re-rips: “New Re-Rip! Meticulously Remastered!” It’s these little details that catch my fancy!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. Happy to have you back hope your vacation was a blast 🙂


    Jeff Reply:

    Had a wonderful vacation, Paul, and thanks for asking. It’s great to be back, especially for all the fantastic music I missed last week. I’ll have to catch up and then comment. I think it’s great that you give us a voice to chime on in and talk about tracks, share memories and mostly, to express our thanks to you for your phenomenal choice and exquisite skills. You’re amazing. Truly and rapturously, amazing!!

    You’re a bit psychic too as I and others have said on occasion. Earlier today, I was checking out the lyrics for Haysi Fantayzee’s “John Wayne Is Big Leggy,” so the Western theme was going through my head and low and behold, here you post, “I Wanna Be A Cowboy.” Just incredible. You really pick up on people’s vibes, Paul.

    Yes, it’s great to be back!!



  4. Guss Says:

    Excelente!!! you can re-up Icehouse: Electric Blue & Crazy. Thank you Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I have them on my list Guss 🙂


    RollingStoner Reply:

    Don’t forget Hey Little Girl and No Promises.


    Mike C. Reply:

    Thanks, DJ – and 2nd No Promises. Just learned that on bass (drop D!). I used to think it was Bryan Ferry.


  5. RollingStoner Says:

    Thanks so much for the re-rip of this true “desert island” 12er. A true KROQ flashback favorite that always got it going in my old radio/party DJ days.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome RollingStoner 🙂


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