The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “Times Square” 2xLP

Very Brief:
Times Square SoundtrackAt some point 35 years ago, I was in a movie theater munching on popcorn and sipping on a Coke while watching this hot mess of a film.  Times Square actually premiered in theaters on this day in 1980.  And, as quirky as it was, the musical soundtrack that was interwoven throughout the movie was quite intriguing.  This may have been my first real exposure to Punk and New Wave music?  Regardless, I bought the soundtrack and it got a lot of spins on the old turntable.  I eventually favored some of the songs quite a bit but, couldn’t really get into all of them.  Naturally, the song that has endured as a classic favorite to me over the years, was the most pop-oriented song of the collection:  “Help Me!” by Marcy Levy & Robin Gibb.  A couple of other tracks that really stood out for me were The Pretenders’ “Talk Of The Town” and Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime”.  But, I’ve played and heard both of those songs outside of the ‘Times Square’ soundtrack many, many times over the years.  Artists such as Lou Reed, The Cure, Joe Jackson and The Ramones are legendary names now but, at the time, maybe not very well known outside of punk and new wave circles.  So, for your listening enjoyment, here is that soundtrack, straight from the Fun With Vinyl turntable to your ears…  “COS I’M A DAMNED DOG NOW!”

Times Square SoundtrackThe Source:
Label: RSO Records
Catalog#: RS-2-4203
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1980

Times Square SoundtrackThe A Side:
Suzi Quatro – Rock Hard 3:18
The Pretenders – Talk Of The Town 3:16
Roxy Music – Same Old Scene 3:54
Gary Numan – Down In The Park 4:20
Marcy Levy & Robin Gibb – Help Me! 3:37

Times Square SoundtrackThe B Side:
Talking Heads – Life During Wartime 3:40
Joe Jackson – Pretty Boys 3:21
XTC – Take This Town 4:07
The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated 2:29
Robin Johnson – Damn Dog 2:40

Times Square SoundtrackThe C Side:
Robin Johnson & Trini Alvarado – Your Daughter Is One 2:10
The Ruts – Babylon’s Burning 2:34
D.L. Byron – You Can’t Hurry Love 3:04
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side 4:12
Desmond Child & Rouge – The Night Was Not 3:08

Times Square SoundtrackThe D Side:
Garland Jeffreys – Innocent, Not Guilty 2:13
The Cure – Grinding Halt 2:49
Patti Smith Group – Pissing In The River 4:41
David Johansen & Robin Johnson – Flowers In The City 3:58
Robin Johnson – Damn Dog (Reprise – The Cleo Club) 2:40

The Equipment:
Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge
Yamaha RX-Z1 A/V Receiver
Sony PCM-R300 DAT Deck
Turtle Beach Catalina sound card
Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Scanner
Spin Clean Record Washer MKII

The Software:
Cool Edit Pro
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Microsoft ICE

The Links:



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Times Square

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12 Responses to “The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “Times Square” 2xLP”

  1. Ray says:

    Great remastering effort and very enjoyable listen.
    All your work on the website is appreciated

  2. Jason Parker says:

    Thanks for all your hard work and sharing with all of us. It is greatly appreciated.

  3. Sean says:

    It is an era and a place that hold up very well.

    And this even excludes hip hop!

    New York City may have been broke and broken but it made great art.


  4. Andrew McMeekin says:

    I read somewhere [IMdb ?] that the movie had some ‘lesbian love-scenes’ edited out to focus on the girls more Punk ‘activities’.
    “I can lick your face….I can bite it too !’ xx

  5. Andrew McMeekin says:

    “Words…don’t come eas—y to me…”
    As I’m sure you know those ‘words’ are from a Poem she ‘sings’ in this movie.
    Just in case anyone thinks I’m pining for a straight Prince fan on the other side of the Planet – as if !

  6. Frank G says:

    I LOVE this soundtrack! It’s a shame that it has not been acknowledge or re-visited by the label that now owns the rights to it (Universal now, I presume). Anyhow, If you are a professed music lover, this needs to be on your shelf.

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