I Drove All Night: Lauper vs. Orbison

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In my experience, it comes down to which side of the Atlantic you live on that determines which version you prefer. (It's not always the case, as some 'murcans prefer Orbison's version too). Is that true?

Poll Results

Roy Orbison's version 7
Cyndi Lauper's version 2
SURPRISE TWIST: Celine Dion's version 0

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:06 (five years ago) link


Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:07 (five years ago) link


Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:07 (five years ago) link


Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:07 (five years ago) link

Celine's version: junk
Orbison's version: recorded in 1987, it has the advantage of coming first, but then again it wasn't actually released until 1992 after I'd already listened to Lauper's version 30 million times. Also, it has that dumb Jeff Lynne sound and Orbison's ad libs are all over the place.
Lauper's version: the best produced, the most emotive, and the coolest drum fills. For serious, I play air drums every time I listen to it.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:25 (five years ago) link

real answer:


soref, Monday, 2 February 2015 21:30 (five years ago) link

i'd never actually heard this song. they're both lovely.

qualx, Monday, 2 February 2015 22:34 (five years ago) link

I love the Orbison version -- I've written about it often. The Lynne production is more of a straitjacket than it is on the other Wilburys -- cuz it was one of the first?


guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 February 2015 22:42 (five years ago) link

John Waite apparently recorded a version in 1987 too, but left it off his album. It doesn't appear to be on youtube, but I think I can almost imagine how it sounds.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 February 2015 22:48 (five years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 7 February 2015 00:01 (five years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 8 February 2015 00:01 (five years ago) link

People be dumb.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 8 February 2015 00:07 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

I am REALLY fuckin' into the Lauper rendition at the moment…that note she hits at 3:23-24 is a hard as fuck interval! and the standard late 80s production very much hits the spot. I really have no affection for anything she has done other than this tune, and furthermore find the Orbison and Dion versions unlistenable …furthermore, it seems to me that Billy Steinberg time travelled the inspiration some 21 years ahead into Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart a Break…" what an interesting career that guy's had…

I like these live versions very much as reference



veronica moser, Friday, 20 March 2020 03:26 (two weeks ago) link

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