“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s LPs” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album or EP from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find for sale on Amazon or in the iTunes store. Death…by stereo!
“Hey kid, you like music?”
“Duh duh, duh na na duh na na, duh na na na duh duh!”
Ron Howard’s 1982 film “Night Shift” is one of my favorite ’80s comedies, and its soundtrack doesn’t suck either. Side one is helmed by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, who co-wrote all of the songs specifically for the movie. Quarterflash’s title track received a decent amount of radio airplay, but my favorite tune is Al Jarreau’s montage-friendly “Girls Know How.” Side one also featured the first appearance of “That’s What Friends Are For,” which of course would go on to be a #1 hit for Dionne Warwick (and friends) in 1986. Side two is an eclectic mix of pop, soul, and new wave from the early ’80s– you can never go wrong with Marshall Crenshaw, Talk Talk, and Chaka Khan!
The Night Shift soundtrack has never been released on CD, so please enjoy the vinyl rip that I have included below. And if you haven’t seen the movie, here are ten reasons you should buy (or rent) it immediately:
1. Henry Winkler. Great casting job by Howard to feature his Happy Days co-star as a meek and (dare I say) uncool morgue attendant.
2. Michael Keaton. His first movie. His best movie. Call Starkist.
3. Barney Rubble. What an actor.
4. Kevin Costner & Shannen Doherty. You have to look hard, but they’re there. Richard Belzer, too.
5. “Love brokers!”
6. Clint Howard. “It’s a limo for dead people.” “You see that kid?”
7. “Trim that.”
8. Shelley Long. She actually edges out Julia Roberts for the Hooker-With-A-Heart-Of-Gold Oscar.
9. Pros. Tit. Ution.
10. “Hold on, Chuck. I’m comin’, buddy!”
Night Shift: Original Sound Track From The Ladd Company Motion Picture
Warner Brothers Records, 1982
* New vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid [updated on 6/29/2015]
1. Quarterflash: “Night Shift” (Bacharach/Sager/Ross)
2. Burt Bacharach: “Street Talk” (Bacharach/Sager)*
3. Al Jarreau: “Girls Know How” (Bacharach/Sager/Foster)*
4. The Pointer Sisters: “The Love Too Good To Last” (Bacharach/Sager/Allen)*
5. Rod Stewart: “That’s What Friends Are For” (Bacharach/Sager)
6. Marshall Crenshaw: “Someday, Someway” (Crenshaw)
7. Heaven 17: “Penthouse And Pavement” (B.E.F./Gregory)*
8. Talk Talk: “Talk Talk” (Hollis/Hollis)*
9. Rufus & Chaka Khan: “Everlasting Love” (Murphy/Wolinski/Belfield)*
10. Burt Bacharach: “That’s What Friends Are For (Night Shift Love Theme)” [Instrumental] (Bacharach/Sager)*
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog. (Note: I am making an exception for Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For.” I actually don’t own a copy of it, and I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $1.29 for a song that I never want to hear again. I hope you will forgive me and that this little incident doesn’t threaten our relationship in the future.)
The Rolling Stones: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (Jagger/Richards)
Decca Records, 1968
Sorry guys, there used to be a link to “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” right here– until I got a notice that said, “You’re a very naughty boy, Mr. Analog Kid, Please remove our song from your site. Love, Mick & Keef.” I’m a little bummed, but also very honored to be sent a legal notice from the Stones!
Van Halen: “You Really Got Me” (Davies)
From the album Van Halen
Warner Brothers Records, 1977
(Meet) The Flintstones (Beethoven/Curtin)