Times Square (soundtrack)

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Times Square: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Times square soundtrack - various artists.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released September 8, 1980
Recorded 1980
Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre Rock
punk rock
new wave
Length 66:18
Label RSO Records
Producer Robin Gibb
Blue Weaver
Singles from Times Square: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Help Me!"
    Released: September 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Times Square: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a 1980 soundtrack album of mostly new wave and punk rock from the film of the same name. One song from the film "Dangerous Type" (1979) by The Cars was not included on the two-LP album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced 1980 except as noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. Suzi Quatro: "Rock Hard" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) – 3:18 [2]
  2. The Pretenders: "Talk of the Town" (Chrissie Hynde) – 3:16 [3]
  3. Roxy Music: "Same Old Scene" (Bryan Ferry) – 3:54 [4]
  4. Gary Numan: "Down in the Park" (Gary Numan) – 4:20 [5]
  5. Robin Gibb and Marcy Levy: "Help Me!" (Robin Gibb, Blue Weaver) – 3:37 [6]

Side two[edit]

  1. Talking Heads: "Life During Wartime" (David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz) – 3:40 [7]
  2. Joe Jackson: "Pretty Boys" (Joe Jackson) – 3:27 [8]
  3. XTC: "Take This Town" (Andy Partridge) – 4:08 [9]
  4. Ramones: "I Wanna Be Sedated" (Joey Ramone) – 2:29 [10]
  5. Robin Johnson: "Damn Dog" (Billy Mernit, Jacob Brackman) – 2:40 [11]

Side three[edit]

  1. Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado: "Your Daughter Is One" (Mernit, Norman Ross, Brackman) – 2:10 [12]
  2. The Ruts: "Babylon's Burning" (John Jennings, Dave Ruffy, Malcolm Owen, Paul Fox) – 2:34 [13]
  3. D.L. Byron: "You Can't Hurry Love" (Edward Holland, Jr., Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland)– 3:04 [14]
  4. Lou Reed: "Walk on the Wild Side" (Lou Reed) – 4:12 [15]
  5. Desmond Child and Rouge: "The Night Was Not" (Child) – 3:08 [16]

Side four[edit]

  1. Garland Jeffreys: "Innocent, Not Guilty" (Garland Jeffreys) – 2:13 [17]
  2. The Cure: "Grinding Halt" (Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey, Lol Tolhurst) – 2:49 [18]
  3. Patti Smith Group: "Pissing in the River" (Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) – 4:41 [19]
  4. David Johansen and Robin Johnson: "Flowers of the City" (David Johansen, Ronnie Guy) – 3:58 [20]
  5. Robin Johnson: "Damn Dog" (Reprise - The Cleo Club) (Mernot, Brackman) – 2:40 [21]

Single release[edit]

A split single of the soundtrack was released, featuring the songs by XTC and The Ruts. The tracklist was:[22]

Side A. Take This Town (Partridge)

Side B. Babylon's Burning (Ruffy/Jennings/Owen/Fox)



Chart (1980) Peak
Billboard Top LPs 37


Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Help Me!" (Robin Gibb & Marcy Levy) Billboard Hot 100 50



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Produced by Mike Chapman. From Rock Hard; later released on What Goes Around.
  3. ^ Produced by Chris Thomas. From Extended Play; later released on Pretenders II.
  4. ^ Produced by Roxy Music and Rhett Davies. From Flesh and Blood.
  5. ^ Produced 1979 by Gary Numan. This is an early version; later released on Replicas Redux. Although the Times Square film and soundtrack list the song as being performed by Gary Numan, it was actually recorded when Numan performed under the band name Tubeway Army.
  6. ^ Produced by Robin Gibb and Blue Weaver. Released on Times Square soundtrack only.
  7. ^ Produced by Brian Eno and Talking Heads. This is a different version than the one featured on the band's album Fear of Music (1979).
  8. ^ Produced by Joe Jackson. From Beat Crazy.
  9. ^ Produced by Steve Lillywhite. First released on Times Square soundtrack; later released on Rag and Bone Buffet.
  10. ^ Produced by Tommy Erdelyi and Ed Stasium. From Road to Ruin (1978).
  11. ^ Produced by Bill Oakes. Released on Times Square soundtrack only.
  12. ^ Produced by Bill Oakes. Released on Times Square soundtrack only.
  13. ^ Produced by Mick Glossop. From "Babylon's Burning" single (1979); later released on, among others,No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion.
  14. ^ Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Released on Times Square soundtrack only.
  15. ^ Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson. From the single "Walk on the Wild Side" (1972), later released on Transformer.
  16. ^ Produced by Richard Landis and Desmond Child. From Runners in the Night (1979).
  17. ^ Produced by Garland Jeffreys and Bill Oakes. Released on Times Square soundtrack only.
  18. ^ Produced by Chris Parry. From Boys Don't Cry.
  19. ^ Produced by Jack Douglas. From Radio Ethiopia (1976).
  20. ^ Produced by David Johansen. Released on Times Square soundtrack only.
  21. ^ Produced by Bill Oakes. Released on Times Square soundtrack only.
  22. ^ Discogs entry or the single