“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album 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 a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!


Back in the early ’80s, filmmaker Paul Schrader was working on a script about a blue-collar band from the east coast. Schrader wanted to make sure his depiction of a struggling bar band was authentic, so he had his friend Bruce Springsteen take a look at a draft of the script. I don’t know if Bruce liked the script, but he sure liked its working title: Born In The U.S.A.

A few years (and about 20 million albums sold) later, Schrader was finally ready to make his movie. He couldn’t really call it Born In The U.S.A. by that point, of course, so Springsteen made up for his thievery by penning a new title song for the film. That song was called “Light Of Day,” and it’s still a crowd favorite at Bruce shows to this day.

In the movie, Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox are siblings who front a band called The Barbusters. The Light Of Day soundtrack credits four tracks to The Barbusters, but I’m not sure if Fox and fellow film bandmate Michael McKean actually play on any of the songs. “This Means War” had been released by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts a year earlier, and the version on the soundtrack sounds like it was simply remixed from the original Blackhearts session. Fox definitely does sing on the bluesy “You Got No Place To Go,” a song he also co-wrote.

Isn’t it strange that two Keaton siblings starred in movies about bar bands? I don’t even know if there’s soundtrack available for Justine Bateman’s Satisfaction, but I’m 99% confident that Julia Roberts isn’t actually playing bass on it if it does exist. It’s too bad Tina Yothers never made a rock movie, but she did star in an early-’90s TV movie about the Laker Girls. Honest– could I make something like that up?

Laker Girls

The Light Of Day soundtrack CD has been out of print for years, and I finally found a near-mint copy of the LP earlier this week. I ripped a 320 kbps copy of it last night, and I am happy to share it with you here on the Analog Kid blog. Cleveland rocks!!


Light Of Day_ Music From The Original Motion Picture Soun 1

Light Of Day: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Blackheart Records/CBS Associated, 1987

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid


1. The Barbusters: “Light Of Day” (Bruce Springsteen)

Light Of Day

2. The Barbusters: “This Means War” (Joan Jett/Kenny Laguna/Bob Halligan, Jr.)

This Means War

3. The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Twist It Off” (Jimmie Vaughan/Kim Wilson/Fran Cristina/Preston Hubbard)

Twist It Off

4. Ian Hunter: “Cleveland Rocks” (Ian Hunter)

Cleveland Rocks

5. Dave Edmunds: “Stay With Me tonight” (Dave Edmunds/John David)

Stay With Me Tonight

6. The Barbusters: “It’s All Coming Down Tonight” (Frankie Miller/Andy Fraser)

It’s All Coming Down Tonight

7. The Barbusters: “Rude Mood” (Stevie Ray Vaughan)

Rude Mood

8. Bon Jovi: “Only Lonely” (Jon Bon Jovi/David Bryan)

Only Lonely

9. The Hunzz: “Rabbit’s Got The Gun” (Joan Jett/Kenny Laguna)

Rabbit’s Got The Gun

10. Michael J. Fox: “You Got No Place To Go” (Michael J. Fox/Alan Mark Poul)

You Got No Place To Go

11. Rick Cox, Chas Smith, Jon C. Clarke & Michael Boddicker: “Elegy” (Thomas Newman)



Bonus Tracks!

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.

Streets Of Philadelphia [U.S. CD Single]

Bruce Springsteen: “Light Of Day” [Live]

From the U.S. CD Single Streets Of Philadelphia

Columbia Records, 1994

Light Of Day [Live]


Bruce Springsteen_ Singles & B-Sides

Bruce Springsteen: “Born In The U.S.A. [The Freedom Mix]” (Bruce Springsteen)

From the U.S. 12″ Born In The U.S.A.

Columbia Records, 1985

Born In The U.S.A. [The Freedom Mix]


Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: “Rude Mood” (Stevie Ray Vaughan)

From the album Texas Flood

Epic Records, 1983

Rude Mood

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