A Night to Remember (Cyndi Lauper album)

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A Night to Remember
A Night to Remember (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Cyndi Lauper
Released May 9, 1989
Recorded January 1, 1988–
February 28, 1989 at
The Hit Factory
(New York City)[1]
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary[2]
Length 39:53 (43:51 in Japan)
Label Epic
Producer Cyndi Lauper, Lennie Petze, Phil Ramone, Eric "E.T." Thornjgren
Cyndi Lauper chronology
True Colors
A Night to Remember
Hat Full of Stars
Singles from A Night to Remember
  1. "I Drove All Night"
    Released: April 16, 1989
  2. "My First Night Without You"
    Released: July 3, 1989
  3. "Heading West"
    Released: August 22, 1989
  4. "A Night to Remember"
    Released: October 24, 1989
  5. "Primitive"
    Released: June 18, 1990
  6. "Unconditional Love"
    Released: February 6, 1991 (promo-only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C+[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars[5]
The New York Times (Not Favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

A Night to Remember is the third studio album by American recording artist Cyndi Lauper. According the book St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (Volume 3), the album sold half a million of copies in 1989 in the United States.[8]

Album information[edit]

The album cover artwork was taken at the intersection of Plymouth and Pearl Streets just east of the Manhattan Bridge in New York City.

The album did not do as well as her previous albums and neither the recording industry or casual fans took much interest in the project; despite the success of the album's lead single, "I Drove All Night", which became a Top 10 hit, and at year's end, earned her a Grammy nomination.

The album sold moderately well, but could not compare to the multi platinum sales of her two previous albums. Many critics and some fans agreed that a lack of strong hits were one of the main reasons for a lukewarm response to the album. In the UK, it was her highest charting album at No.9, and became her best-selling album there.[9]

Lauper, and music critics, have noted the various battles she was having with Sony. The company was not keen on accepting Lauper as a songwriter and musician, as well as a singer and fashion/pop cultural icon.

The album was originally conceptualized as a project called "Kindred Spirit" and was going to be released with the track "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)", but when that song and the film Vibes were unsuccessful, it was repackaged. Some proof sheets of the original album artwork exist with the alternate title and track listing[citation needed].

Although the album is called A Night to Remember, Lauper jokingly prefers to call it "A Night to Forget", given the poor sales, and the problems that happened with David Wolf, her producer and boyfriend at the time, during the production of the album.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper, Lennie Petze 0:27
2. "I Drove All Night"   Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg Lauper, Petze 4:11
3. "Primitive"   Lauper, Kelly, Steinberg Lauper, Petze 3:48
4. "My First Night Without You"   Lauper, Kelly, Steinberg Lauper, Petze 3:01
5. "Like a Cat"   Christina Amphlett, Kelly, Steinberg Lauper, Petze 3:23
6. "Heading West"   Lauper, Kelly, Steinberg Lauper, Petze 3:54
7. "A Night to Remember"   Lauper, Dusty Micale, Franke Previte Lauper, Petze 3:43
8. "Unconditional Love"   Lauper, Kelly, Steinberg Lauper, Petze 3:55
9. "Insecurious"   Lauper, Diane Warren, Desmond Child Lauper, Petze 3:31
10. "Dancing with a Stranger"   Lauper, Previte, Paul Chiten Lauper, Eric Thorngren 4:11
11. "I Don't Want to Be Your Friend"   Warren Lauper, Petze, Phil Ramone 4:21
12. "Kindred Spirit"   Lauper Lauper, Petze 1:16
Total length:
  • "Unabbreviated Love" (Lauper, D. Micale, F. Previte) was recorded for the album but only appeared on the B-side of "My First Night Without You".[12]
  • "Don't Look Back" (Lauper, John Turi) was recorded for the pre-A Night To Remember album titled 'Kindred Spirit' and appeared on initial artwork (when Hole in My Heart was also included in the tracklist). It has not since been released (or leaked).
  • "Summer Sonic 07" live track recorded at Japan Summer Sonic Festival, either Osaka (August 11, 2007) or Tokyo (August 12, 2007).
  • Tracks 13 and 14 are bonus tracks on the 2008 Japan remastered Mini-LP version (& 2013 re-issue of same).[13]
  • In 2013, the 2008 Japan remaster was reissued on BSCD2 format with the same 2008 tracklisting.[14]


Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
1990 "I Drove All Night" Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[15] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 153,400[18]
Japan (RIAJ)[19] Platinum 145,260[20]
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000[8]

*sales figures based on certification alone



External links[edit]


  1. ^ Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember at Discogs
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cyndi Lauper: A Night to Remember" at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  3. ^ Heim, Chris (May 18, 1989). "Cyndi Lauper A Night To Remember (Epic)". chicagotribune.com (Chicago Tribune). Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 27, 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Boehm, Mike (May 14, 1989). "CYNDI LAUPER "A Night to Remember."". articles.latimes.com (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  6. ^ Parales, Jon (May 14, 1989). "HOME ENTERTAINMENT/RECORDINGS; RECENT RELEASES". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  7. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (June 15, 1989). "Cyndi Lauper: A Night to Remember". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow). ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Tom & Sara Pendergast, (1999). St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Volume 3. St. James Press. ISBN 1-55862-400-7 (set) ISBN 1-55862-403-1 (v.3)
  9. ^ The Rough Guide to Rock. p. 584. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  10. ^ Nick Duerden (April 4, 2014). "Cyndi Lauper interview: She's still having fun". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cyndi Lauper – Japanease CD A Night to Remember". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "My First Night Without You (single)". discogs.com. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Japan remastered Mini-LP version". sonymusicshop.jp. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Blu-spec CD – A Night to Remember". sonymusicshop.jp. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1989 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cyndi Lauper – A Night To Remember". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "French album certifications – Lauper C. – A Night To Remember" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  18. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  19. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > April 1996 > Page 5 > Certified Awards (February 1996)" (PDF). Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  20. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  21. ^ "American certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  22. ^ "Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  23. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-10-31
  24. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  25. ^ "Album Search: Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  26. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1989" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  27. ^ シンディ・ローパー-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of A Night to Remember by Cyndi Lauper". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  28. ^ "charts.org.nz Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  29. ^ "swedishcharts.com Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  30. ^ "Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember – hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  31. ^ "Chart Stats – Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  32. ^ "allmusic ((( A Night to Remember > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  33. ^ "The 100 biggest selling albums in Australia". The 100 biggest selling albums in Australia for 1989. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  34. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1989 par InfoDisc" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  35. ^ 1989年 アルバム年間TOP100 "Oricon Year-end Albums Chart of 1989" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-01-11.