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True Colors (Cyndi Lauper album)

True Colors is the second album by 1980s icon and singer Cyndi Lauper, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music).

Album information

The title song, written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, secured Lauper's status as a successful record producer and performer. It has been covered by countless other artists including Phil Collins, Anna Tsuchiya and Kasey Chambers, and was used as the theme song for the 1988 Olympic Games, the 2003 Rugby World Cup and for Kodak cameras and film. This album went double Platinum in the USA.

While the album was quite successful in the U.S. and UK, it failed to match the success of Lauper's previous album, She's So Unusual . The album produced the singles "True Colors," "Change of Heart," "What's Going On," and "Boy Blue." Each single had a music video. The fourth and final commercial single, Boy Blue failed to make a big impact on the charts, although a live video was in heavy rotation on MTV in the summer of 1987.

True Colors was re-issued in a Japanese exclusive limited edition box set 11-track digitally remastered CD album the 2nd longplayer from Lauper released in 1986 includes bonus recording True Colours recorded live at Summer Sonic 07 in Tokyo.

Track listing

  1. "Change of Heart" (Lauper, Essra Mohawk) – 4:22
  2. "Maybe He'll Know" (Lauper, John Turi) – 4:25
  3. "Boy Blue" (Jeff Bova, Lauper, Stephen Broughton Lunt) – 4:46
  4. "True Colors" (Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg) – 3:46
  5. "Calm Inside the Storm" (Rick Derringer, Lauper) – 3:54
  6. "What's Going On" (Renaldo Benson, Alfred Cleveland, Marvin Gaye) – 4:39
  7. "Iko Iko" (Rosa Lee Hawkins, Barbara Anne Hawkins, Joan Marie Johnson, Sharon Jones, Marilyn Jones, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Jesse Thomas) – 2:08
  8. "The Faraway Nearby" (Tom Gray, Lauper) – 3:00
  9. "911" (Lauper, Stephen Broughton Lunt) – 3:16
  10. "One Track Mind" (Jeff Bova, Jimmy Bralower, Lauper, Lennie Petze) – 3:41
  11. "True Colors" [live at Summer Sonic 07] - bonus track
  12. Unreleased tracks:
    • "Heading For The Moon" (Lauper, Stephen Broughton Lunt, A. Stead) appeared on the b-side of "True Colors".
    • "Heartbeats" appeared on the b-side of "Change Of Heart".
    • "Pee-wee's Playhouse" Theme. 2:29 1986

"911" was nominated for the 1986 Rock Female Vocalist Grammy Award.


# Title Date
1. "True Colors" 1986
2. "Change of Heart" 1986
3. "What's Going On" 1987
4. "Boy Blue" 1987
5. "Maybe He'll Know" 1987



  • Producers: Cyndi Lauper, Lennie Petze
  • Executive producer: David Wolff
  • Engineer: Brian McGee
  • Assistant engineers: Jon Goldberger, Tim Kramer, Dave O'Donnell
  • Mixing: Jason Corsaro, Brian McGee
  • Mastering: George Marino
  • Arrangers: Cyndi Lauper, Adrian Belew, Jeff Bova, Jimmy Bralower, Stephen Broughton Lunt, Lennie Petze, Peter Wood
  • Art direction: Cyndi Lauper, Holland MacDonald
  • Design: Holland MacDonald
  • Photography: Annie Leibovitz


Chart (1986/1987) Peak
Australia albums chart 1
Austria albums chart 12
France albums chart 49
Germany albums chart 20
Holland albums chart 33
Italy albums chart 18
Japanese albums chart 2
New Zealand albums chart <10
Norway albums chart 10
Switzerland albums chart 8
UK albums chart 25
USA Billboard 200 4
USA Billboard 200 Year-End (1987) 37


Country Certification
Australia 4x Platinum
Canada 2x Platinum
France Platinum
Germany Platinum
Italy Platinum
Japan 2x Platinum
UK Platinum
USA 2x Platinum


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