Cyndi Lauper

All Through the Night

Composed by Jules Shear / Traditional

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Hearing Jules Shear's original recording of "All Through the Night," from his 1983 cult favorite Watch Dog, after Cyndi Lauper's 1984 hit single is a revelation, but not in the way one might expect. It makes the listener appreciate what a brilliant re-arranging job Lauper and producer Rick Chertoff did on Shear's willfully odd original. Re-scoring the rinky-dink wheeze of Shear and Todd Rundgren's clip-cloppy original arrangement for a single, bell-like synthesizer loop against which Lauper sang the first verse otherwise unaccompanied is a genius move, one that assured that "All Through the Night" sounded like nothing else on the radio during the single's seemingly months-long ride on the Top 40 playlists throughout the summer and fall of 1984. The mix of Lauper's plaintive vocals with the smooth harmonies of Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman on the choruses is equally inspired, as is the bizarre, bagpipe-like keyboard solo by Hyman, the remake's one nod to the original's eccentricity. Shear's original is a fine song, but Lauper's version is a pure pop masterpiece.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
She's So Unusual 1983 Portrait / Sony Music Distribution
The Essential Cyndi Lauper 2003 Legacy / Epic 4:29