Tune Tuesday: Time After Time 1984
Thirty-five years ago, today, the #1 song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart (and, simultaneously, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and Canadian Singles chart) was Time After Time from the album She’s So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper. Co-written by Lauper and Rob Hyman (The Hooters), it was released on January 27, the second single from the album. The title came from the 1979 movie Time After Time:
“We started by putting together a list of song titles. I thumbed through a TV Guide magazine. One movie title seemed good—a sci-fi film called “Time After Time” from 1979. I never meant for it to be the song’s real title. It was just supposed to get me thinking.” (Quote from Lauper)
It was her first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The video for “Time After Time” was directed by Edd Griles and, its storyline is about a young woman leaving her lover behind when she becomes homesick and worried about her mother. Lauper’s mother, brother and then-boyfriend, David Wolff, appear in the video and Lou Albano, who played her father in the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” video, can be seen as a cook.
The video opens with Lauper watching the 1936 film The Garden of Allah and the final scene, where she gets on the train and waves goodbye to David, has Lauper crying for real.
Cover artists include Miles Davis, Eva Cassidy and Lil Mo. Lauper made an acoustic version with Sarah McLachlan and performed live with McLachlan at the 2005 AMA Awards. Other live performances have been with Patti LaBelle and Lil’ Kim.
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11 thoughts on “Tune Tuesday: Time After Time 1984”
June 18, 2019 at 11:43 PM
Pretty proud to have used that song in a recent blog post!
June 19, 2019 at 12:02 AM
Gimme a link…
June 19, 2019 at 12:43 AM
June 19, 2019 at 2:19 AM
June 19, 2019 at 4:25 AM
My favorite Cyndi Lauper song.
June 19, 2019 at 7:42 PM
I enjoyed the revisit. Back when it came out, I got sick of it. Summer after HS grad…
June 19, 2019 at 5:38 PM
Love the song, love Cyndi.
June 20, 2019 at 12:05 AM
She is a talented woman.
June 20, 2019 at 12:54 AM
I always liked her. I did NOT like Madonna whatsoever…but Cyndi I liked. I thought she was a better singer. More down to earth and natural.
June 20, 2019 at 7:29 AM
No kidding, I belted out “Time After Time” with the radio yesterday! 🙂
June 20, 2019 at 4:49 PM
The video makes me cry.