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Best album or AWESOME album?! Pick a favorite. They're all amazing. All Through The Night? When You Were Mine? She Bop? Girls Just Wanna Have Fun? Money Changes Everything? Time After Time? (I'm leaving off the bonus tracks, sorry if that makes u cry salty tears)

Poll Results

OptionVotes
4. Time After Time 13
1. Money Changes Everything 11
5. She Bop 9
6. All Through The Night 8
3. When You Were Mine 4
2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 4
8. I'll Kiss You 3
9. He's So Unusual 1
7. Witness 0
10. Yeah Yeah 0


set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:36 (six years ago) link

I am torn between All Through The Night and When You Were Mine

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:36 (six years ago) link

OMG when you Were You Mine because it is the best. That's why.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:39 (six years ago) link

My favorite album cover ever. Album itself? Also way up there.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:39 (six years ago) link

but All Through The Night has the hookiest chorus ever

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

I do like several of these btw but it's no question for me re: WYWM. <3 both her and Prince's version so much.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

The first side is wall to wall classic. I may go with "When You Were Mine" because people go apeshit on a dance floor whenever I've heard it played. I love the Cure synthesizers slathered over it.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

I voted Time After Time, because it still makes me feel 10 years old when I hear it.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

I watched her reality show this weekend, it's kind of terrible but I love her anyway. She's the best

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

When You Were Mine is totally classic though. Such a great version

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

All Through the Night is good but it's no WYWM.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

yeah

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

I was thinking I should watch that show tbh.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

ALSO this is the best:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26JbYtyLbYQ

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:42 (six years ago) link

Everything about it. Just so you know.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:43 (six years ago) link

this German tv appearance is awesome fyi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inN5bdQy4n4

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:44 (six years ago) link

Time After Time, but damn is this a great album.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:44 (six years ago) link

Time after Time does make me shed a couple if it catches me off guard. It is really beautiful.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:45 (six years ago) link

MONEY

Euler, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:45 (six years ago) link

AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH First cassette I ever bought with my own money -- I love every single song so much, dressed up as Cyndi for more than one Halloween because it meant I could wear my crazy clothes. Now I am an adult and I can wear my crazy clothes whenever I want! Cyndi taught me that.

I like Money Changes Everything and All Through the Night (the oooOOOOOOooooo at the end makes me so weepy), but I also like every single version of When You/U Were Mine that I've ever heard.

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:46 (six years ago) link

tbrr this whole album makes me weepy

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:47 (six years ago) link

LL otm

She's probably my most favorite artist -- I think of her like, idk, Wonderwoman. I thought she was so amazing when I was a little girl

I stole colored plastic clothes pegs from Mum's laundry basket to wear in my hair at primary school, she was SO mad at me

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:48 (six years ago) link

'money changes everything' is so intense. she sings the fuck out of that one.

always skip 'time after time' because it has sad personal associations for me and always bums me out, but it's shimmeringly gorgeous.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:48 (six years ago) link

In case you've never heard the original:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aLNwOxPsjg

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:49 (six years ago) link

I saw her in 2006 and this woman in the front row answered her cell phone while Cyndi was singing. Cyndi stopped singing, asked for the phone, and when the woman shot her a look Cyndi was all "Don't you look at me like that honey, I didn't grow up in the Bronx for nothing that I won't come down there and TAKE the phone and jam it up your ass." The woman put the phone away immediately.

<3

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:52 (six years ago) link

Time After Time.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:52 (six years ago) link

xxxpost ENBB that video was incredible

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:52 (six years ago) link

omigod! Wasn't that perf at the AMA or the Grammys? I watched it in early '85 or whatever and my mom said, "Why is she always barefoot? Has she a foot allergy?"

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:54 (six years ago) link

hahaha yeah AL it was from some awards show around that time but I forget which.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:54 (six years ago) link

I'm gonna have to dig up the pic of me in my Cyndi Lauper clothes with 0 front teeth and 0 shame. Pretty sure I know where to look.

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:57 (six years ago) link

DO THAT YES

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:58 (six years ago) link

I need to see that LL

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:58 (six years ago) link

New Year's Eve 1983 MTV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5K8vBJ1nKI

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:58 (six years ago) link

Also the fact that she was 30 when she was doing this is so awesome to me

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:05 (six years ago) link

holy shit that first side is such an amazing thing

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:07 (six years ago) link

This MTV NYE thing is A M A Z I N G

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:09 (six years ago) link

Guys I'm listening to it now and damn it's just so good.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:09 (six years ago) link

yeah the NYE performance is balls-out, she sounds so incredible

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:12 (six years ago) link

guess I need to listen to this full album huh

Influential Acid Jazz Pioneer (crüt), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:13 (six years ago) link

yes you do

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:14 (six years ago) link

"Witness" is not bad either

Euler, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:14 (six years ago) link

"I'll Kiss You" is the sleeper.

If her Goonies track had been included as "Good Enough" then we'd have a perfect album.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:23 (six years ago) link

otm

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:26 (six years ago) link

and yeah I love 'Ill Kiss You'

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:26 (six years ago) link

"When You Were Mine," but can I put in an honorable mention for:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cj5IyCA08A

Sailor-neighbor of Chaucer's wife (Tubby) (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:29 (six years ago) link

I watched her reality show this weekend, it's kind of terrible but I love her anyway. She's the best

Knew that would be a VGrrl post :-)

I remember a Time Magazine story on Cyndi and Madonna at the time of this album; they were equally big stars at that point. (Then the whole unfortunate pro wrestling thing - but some great tracks on the next few albums.)

Anyway, a v classic album, have to vote Time After Time.

il caresse sa dingding (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:35 (six years ago) link

True Colors was the first time an artist I adored disappointed me.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:36 (six years ago) link

OMFG that german TV clip looks so amazing i'm kind of afraid to click it

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:41 (six years ago) link

no it's rad, she has a huge amazing Cure-looking stage

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:41 (six years ago) link

I need to try to remember to look up the great sentence Matos wrote abt WYWM in his Prince book when I get home. I don't want to mess it up from memory

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:42 (six years ago) link

xxpost I didn't think the wrestling was unfortunate! but that totally outs me as a crazy fangirl AND a wrestling fan

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:42 (six years ago) link

Different album, but now I'm looking for this amazing Japanese tv performance she gave of "I Drove All Night" where she was carried in on the shoulders of some buff servant men, had on a long red wig and looked positively amazing and it's not there anymore. This is a SAD DAY.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:45 (six years ago) link

;_;

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:47 (six years ago) link

I remember that!!!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:47 (six years ago) link

This is basically impossible

Drugs A. Money, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:02 (six years ago) link

I remember a Time Magazine story on Cyndi and Madonna at the time of this album; they were equally big stars at that point.

I very distinctly remember standing at the bottom of the staircase (which should be in the photo, if i can find it) and my mom saying that she thought Cyndi was way more talented than Madonna, who was going to be a flash in the pan as far as she was concerned. I agreed with her iirc.

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:14 (six years ago) link

all through the night v. time after time

乒乓, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:17 (six years ago) link

Yeah, there's a reason this poll was never done before. It's on my shortlist of perfect albums (every track is great). If you also figure in the equally-excellent b-sides and soundtrack cuts from that era ("Goonies R Good Enough", "Right Track Wrong Train", "Such A Thrill"), it's just such an amazing run.

(hcnuL dlO) * (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:18 (six years ago) link

i still agree with your mom, la lechera!

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:22 (six years ago) link

plaintive impassioned hope forever forward v. quiet melancholic time travel

it's raining today so, time after time

乒乓, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:24 (six years ago) link

Cyndi's problem was thinking she was good for writing more than two songs per album.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:24 (six years ago) link

lol i've never listened to this record before

lol it's amazing

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:28 (six years ago) link

So why were The Hooters so mediocre? (Weren't they?)

il caresse sa dingding (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:35 (six years ago) link

I liked the Hooters (and so did my mom)

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:39 (six years ago) link

They had some extremely crappy lyrics, but a lot of their songs were pretty good. One of them was about ~zombies~ (I think it was about religion but I was kind of focused on the zombies at 10)

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:41 (six years ago) link

ALL YOU ZOMBIES

i love that song!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:42 (six years ago) link

Hooters were plenty okay. I'm listening to "And We Danced" right now and it's still one of my mid-80s faves.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:44 (six years ago) link

yeah the Hooters rule, at least what I know of their hits

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:45 (six years ago) link

When I talk about crappy lyrics, I mean shit like "she was my be bop baby at the union hall" and they had a horrible quasi reggae song too iirc. I liked Johnny B (lol Johnny B) and Zombies the best. My mom used to kid me for only liking the glummest songs. This was a year or two before I bought my first Cure album, so we could retroactively easily see where all of this was heading.

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:46 (six years ago) link

Is 'All You Zombies' actually abt zombies tho? Even as a kid I was like 'eh, this isn't about REAL zombies'

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:51 (six years ago) link

I remember their trademark melodica with a blowing tube attached to it-- for some reason we thought that instrument was called a 'Hooter' and hence their name

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:52 (six years ago) link

You don't have to hide anymore!

I willfully pretended it wasn't about religion, I think. But there were lyrics about Noah and Moses and whatnot.

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:53 (six years ago) link

i think someone even hollers "yeah they were the israelites!" at some point
(sorry cyndi)

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:53 (six years ago) link

Maybe they were coming from the same place as that guy who wrote horror novels abt Jesus Christ: Vampire etc

xpost !!! what?

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:55 (six years ago) link

Oh no I just got to 'All Through The Night' ;_;

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:55 (six years ago) link

the feelingz

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:55 (six years ago) link

time after time y'all

but I'm not going to be critical of any winner in this poll

for the relief of unbearable space hugs (Austerity Ponies), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:59 (six years ago) link

"some point" = 2:38 (re: Zombies)

Back to SHE'S SO UNUSUAL. Best track is hard, but best MOMENT is easy - the giggle in She Bop!

il caresse sa dingding (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:07 (six years ago) link

was just thinking that! And the bizarre thing way she super nasalizes her voice immediately after

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:10 (six years ago) link

bizarre way, that was meant to read

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:10 (six years ago) link

If her Goonies track had been included as "Good Enough" then we'd have a perfect album.

Ironically she didn't think "Good Enough" was good enough. That's probably her best song too.

Poliopolice, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:22 (six years ago) link

all about the call and response vocals on that one.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:48 (six years ago) link

Kind of impossible, but I'm going with All Through the Night.

azaera, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:14 (six years ago) link

That song glistens.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:16 (six years ago) link

The visual on this is jumpy as hell but this is her live in 2011, doing Good Enough -- she sounds fucking great

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rhaAVDm1l8

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:28 (six years ago) link

apparently she disliked the song and was surprised enough by fan enthusiasm to start performing it again.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:40 (six years ago) link

Someone I know used to pet sit for her. I'm wracking my brain trying to remember who. It seems I know a lot of pet sitters.

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:41 (six years ago) link

this is cool: on Howard Stern she sang the Jules Shear version of All Through The Night, singing the lead part on the chorus instead of the harmony like she did in her version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfpyqi7xFV0

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:45 (six years ago) link

"I'll Kiss You" is the sleeper.

It's got my vote! It's the first track I heard that had enough propulsion to appeal to my 16-year old years (which were listening to basically metal-or-nothing at the time). Resistance was futile!

Faster than food (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:53 (six years ago) link

I'm so glad you're voting for it, it's rad
I hope it gets a few

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:55 (six years ago) link

I'LL KISS YOU
KISS YOU
KISS YOU

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:57 (six years ago) link

Kiss You, live at the Budokan, 1986 <3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbXir908LCo

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:00 (six years ago) link

my god the hair on that keyboardist.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:09 (six years ago) link

lol I know right

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:11 (six years ago) link

okay so this has nothing to do with anything but it's an awesome bit of miscellany

Her 'We Are the World' recording session!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=HpReqNFVL-0

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:13 (six years ago) link

That Howard Stern "All Through the Night" video gave me the idea for a "songs where the main melody was originally conceived as a harmony part" thread. But I doubt there are enough to merit a thread. (Only 1999 comes to mind.)

il caresse sa dingding (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:15 (six years ago) link

she's def the highlight of 'we are the world' for me, along with ray charles.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:18 (six years ago) link

She won that poll, rigiht?

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:18 (six years ago) link

Huey Lewis comes off as a mega dbag of course

I love how MJ nails his part and is just off chillin

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:20 (six years ago) link

AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH First cassette I ever bought with my own money -- I love every single song so much, dressed up as Cyndi for more than one Halloween because it meant I could wear my crazy clothes. Now I am an adult and I can wear my crazy clothes whenever I want! Cyndi taught me that.

This was a year or two before I bought my first Cure album, so we could retroactively easily see where all of this was heading.

Wow it's like we're the same person. Cyndi was my first real pop idol (I loved Boy George and Michael Jackson before like all the other kids but she was a revelation.) First album I bought, first concert I went to (with the mostly unknown Bangles opening). I wanted to dress up like her for Halloween too but didn't have the balls to do drag at 10 so I went as a "punk" instead.

Loved the Goonies track too, but was really disapointed with the True Colors album. Then I discovered The Cure and the "alternative" scene as it was called around here and became a teenager. She kind of disapeared after that movie she did flopped and "I Drove All Night" which was only OK.

Seemed like she would rule the world for a while there, kind of like Lady Gaga did 2 years or so ago. I wonder if she'll fade away as quickly and quietly as Cyndi did.

Apart from the three big singles, my favorites when I got the album were "When You Were Mine" and "I'll Kiss You", so it's a close call between those two. Always thought WYWM would've made a better single than "Money", but I'm voting "I'll Kiss You" for being the first album track I really loved.

LeRooLeRoo, Thursday, 17 January 2013 01:58 (six years ago) link

When I learned that our departmental classrooms had VCRs in them, the first movie I brought to work to watch over lunch was Vibes. Then I got the Second Voyage of the Mimi via inter-library loan and watched that. At the time, neither of them were on Youtube.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:15 (six years ago) link

And the Goonies theme was always my favorite.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:16 (six years ago) link

"A Hole in My Heart(All The Way to China)"!!

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:21 (six years ago) link

in that "We Are The World" I love how everyone's delighted by Lauper ("Oh it's me janglin'?!"), Lewis is the pro trying to harmonize and keep his hair straight at the same time, while everyone ignores Kim Carnes.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:31 (six years ago) link

I couldn't find the exact right picture, but this one is from the same general time period. Imagine this little person with spray painted orange hair, no pants, and a really ugly sweater and you have my Cyndi Lauper costume, aka crazy clothes
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5198/7380419854_7bc96f0ef7_c.jpg

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:31 (six years ago) link

"Change Of Heart" was a worthy post-SSU single, but otherwise, yeah: she peaked right out of the gate.

(hcnuL dlO) * (Old Lunch), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:33 (six years ago) link

xpost Awesome.

(hcnuL dlO) * (Old Lunch), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:34 (six years ago) link

AWWWWWW

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:35 (six years ago) link

Awesome!

I still watch Vibes whenever it's on tv :) Apparently Goldblum was kind of a dick to her on the movie, and that Akroyd originally read for that part & bailed bc he didn't like Cyndi!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:35 (six years ago) link

I tend to associate "Change of Heart" with "Open Your Heart."

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:36 (six years ago) link

three trains in the night, them.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:36 (six years ago) link

I was looking for some of Cyndi's Mona Flambe appearances (e.g. backing up Koko B. Ware's "Grab Them Cakes" on American Bandstand) but it looks like they've been taken down. You can't sleep on her WWF affiliation as a major aspect of her fame around this period.

(hcnuL dlO) * (Old Lunch), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:37 (six years ago) link

I love Change of Heart

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:38 (six years ago) link

love this acoustic version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KONNeaMaiPY

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:53 (six years ago) link

it must make her crazy to have to sit down to sing

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:54 (six years ago) link

One time when I was moving out of a house I lived in during college I'd packed up all the devices that could play music except for my turntable, and I pulled this out of my record collection and played it on repeat for like four hours. It's been one of my favorite albums ever since. Another time when I lived in another college house that had no furniture in it, a good friend was visiting and I put a shitty portable turntable w/ a built in speaker on the floor in an empty doorless room adjoining the kitchen while we made dinner and him and I fake-nervously slow danced to "Time After Time" together like we were at a junior high prom. It was extremely endearing.

Yo! MTV La Tengo (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 17 January 2013 03:20 (six years ago) link

<3 <3 <3

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 03:21 (six years ago) link

"Change Of Heart" was a worthy post-SSU single, but otherwise, yeah: she peaked right out of the gate.

"I Drove All Night" is my favorite song of hers, and it's from the third album in 1989, so the quality didn't exactly fall off a cliff.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 January 2013 03:23 (six years ago) link

She's So Unusual is fking awesome, there's no beating that. But Night To Remember is a great album, much better than True Colors; I also really like Sisters of Avalon, and that last covers album she did, Memphis Blues was really good too. She never really disappeared imo, it's weird to hear ppl say that

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 03:27 (six years ago) link

oh and before I forget, check this out: 7 months pregnant performing on Leno in 96. Insane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhAyBROa38k

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 03:32 (six years ago) link

I love how 100% she is.

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 January 2013 03:39 (six years ago) link

She never really disappeared imo, it's weird to hear ppl say that.

From the charts she did. She had lots of Top 10 hits between 83 and 86, then one in 89 and then that was it...

LeRooLeRoo, Thursday, 17 January 2013 17:14 (six years ago) link

she started releasing "meaningful" shit like that song about the pigeons

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 January 2013 17:26 (six years ago) link

Feeeeed the birds, tuppence a bag

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 17 January 2013 17:26 (six years ago) link

i'm gonna rep for all through the night.

my favorite LP, some days.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:19 (six years ago) link

All Through the Night: the best thing Jules Shear ever wrote?

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:31 (six years ago) link

"If She Knew What She Wants" is perfect too.

Hi songs are perfect only when women sing them.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:37 (six years ago) link

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dunno. he was kind of a "cult songwriter" in the 1980s i guess. are those polar bears albums any good?

i grew up in chicago and jules shear was the kid of "this is real, well-written pop" dude that WXRT was championing... which honestly put me off, since a lot of other stuff they were similarly championing was terminally bland.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

I actually don't know ANY of his own recordings.

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

coda (?) beginning at 3:30 makes this fucking song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwkUY7LebDY

a tear just came to my eye, no shit.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

yeah it's beautiful

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:41 (six years ago) link

are those polar bears albums any good?

Not really? Except they're kind of fun to hear. It's hard to explain.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 January 2013 18:59 (six years ago) link

I spent way too much time thinking about this. One of the most underrated albums. Guess I'll go "Time After Time" but this album has the best sustained group of covers of all time (great non-obvious selections and incredible versions).

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:27 (six years ago) link

is it really underrated? It's often listed as one of the decade's best.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:27 (six years ago) link

I had to go with All Through The Night. It makes me so weepy and happy and her singing at the end is so pretty

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:28 (six years ago) link

<i>is it really underrated? It's often listed as one of the decade's best.</i>

Not often enough! I mean it's not underrated on here, sure, I think it even made Rolling Stones Top 500 albums of all time list (too low though), but it seems like most of hte time I hear reference to Cyndi Lauper she's basically just a punchline.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:35 (six years ago) link

i think 'girls just wanna...' has sort of eclipsed the rest, tho it's probably only like the 4th or 5th best track.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:37 (six years ago) link

But it's so much better than the original. Whoever thought the right way to do that song was late 70's male rock grumbling was pretty insane.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:39 (six years ago) link

It's a testament to how awesome Lauper's performance is that not once have I ever tired of "Girls..."

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:40 (six years ago) link

in greil marcus's review of this album he talks about how annoyed everyone he knows is by 'girls.' i can't even imagine being the kind of person who finds cyndi lauper's voice annoying.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:46 (six years ago) link

grouchy ppl

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:47 (six years ago) link

Robert Hazard is a multimillionaire, I trust.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 02:53 (six years ago) link

In the 1980s albums poll we did several years back -- that we never saw the results of? -- I think this was my number 5 or 6 album. I love so many of the songs that voting for one feels arbitrary, but the build from verse to chorus on "All Through the Night" is the thing I'd most like to hear at the moment.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:04 (six years ago) link

She is just so absolutely enchanting in Vibes, I wanna marry her. Watching it right now.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:15 (six years ago) link

I didn't know The Bangles sang the backing vocals on "Change of Heart"!

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:24 (six years ago) link

wait I didn't know that either!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:26 (six years ago) link

Makes sense.

Judging them from their work here and Tom Petty's "Waiting For Tonight," I'm wondering why they couldn't become a Trio for L.A. post-punkers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Change_of_Heart_%28Cyndi_Lauper_song%29

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:28 (six years ago) link

lots of high-profile cameos (is that the word?) on that album. Billy Joel!

Scoobie Dufay (Paul in Santa Cruz), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:29 (six years ago) link

Nile Rogers on guitar too

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:30 (six years ago) link

"Money Changes Everything" over "Time After Time"

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 13:28 (six years ago) link

the "wywm" cover doesn't do anything for me, but it's the only case where i actually like the track she's covering. and i honestly can't recall "all through the night" but with everyone raving about it i want to make sure "money" gets a vote cuz its outstanding.

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 13:30 (six years ago) link

considering her ability to rescue sounds from bellowing new wavers i wish she'd make an album of graham parker covers

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 13:33 (six years ago) link

rescuing songs, i meant to say

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 13:33 (six years ago) link

yeah haha she was pretty good at dismissing the sounds of New Wavers and coming up with her own.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 13:59 (six years ago) link

my relationship with this album has mostly been knowing the hits, throwing it on when house-sitting for someone who owns it, and then just going back to the hits

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 14:06 (six years ago) link

admittedly with those hits being so totemic and so front-loaded on the album, it's not the best way to get into the deep cuts.

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 14:08 (six years ago) link

finally voted for "She Bop," which hasn't been mentioned much – my introduction as a child to how much fun garish synths could be (didn't know it was about jerking off until years later; blame Capt Lou).

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 14:12 (six years ago) link

Songs my mom heard me singing around the house and told me in no uncertain terms to stop (she usually let me sing anything I wanted, so her telling me to stop was a big thing):
"Like a Virgin"
"Sexual Healing"

"She Bop" was no problem. I didn't know what it was about either; thought it was about bopping.

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Friday, 18 January 2013 14:32 (six years ago) link

girls just having fun!

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 14:36 (six years ago) link

when i was a little kid i didn't like "girls just wanna have fun" because it implied girls were irresponsible and i was raised to believe boys and girls were equal

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 14:45 (six years ago) link

I like how several of the songs take a cute squawking little synth sound and make an actual solo break out of it. Nice to hear a pop song with an instrumental solo for musical purpose, as opposed to just showing off (cf. all the compulsory guitar solos in all the metal that constituted my musical diet in '84)

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 18 January 2013 14:53 (six years ago) link

At my company's xmas party last month, the DJ spun "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and yes shit he fucking FADED IT RIGHT AS THE BUBBLE SYNTH SOLO STARTED, fkin savage!

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Friday, 18 January 2013 15:55 (six years ago) link

Robert Hazard is a multimillionaire, I trust.

― the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, January 17, 2013 6:53 PM (Yesterday)

r.i.p. robert hazard

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 18 January 2013 15:59 (six years ago) link

I like how several of the songs take a cute squawking little synth sound and make an actual solo break out of it.

I think the Hooters deserve a lot of credit for that, and for the overall sound of the album. Along with Rick Chertoff, obviously. The first Hooters album (also produced by Chertoff) shares a lot of sonic ground with SSU.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 18 January 2013 16:02 (six years ago) link

Really, as much of a New Yorker as Cyndi is, this album is the musical/commercial high-water mark for the Philly New Wave scene.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 18 January 2013 16:18 (six years ago) link

all it needed were Hall & Oates.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 January 2013 16:22 (six years ago) link

She Bop might be my favorite video of hers
The weird diner, and the awesome white tux, and that weird animated part in the middle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFq4E9XTueY

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 16:32 (six years ago) link

Yes she did animation before A-Ha and it never gets recognised! Did anyone do it before that?

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 18 January 2013 17:55 (six years ago) link

"She Bop" might be my favourite video EVER! Always liked performers who looked a little clumsy while trying to perform choreographed dance steps required by the video revolution (see "Hot For Teacher")

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 18 January 2013 22:14 (six years ago) link

yeah it definitely adds an extra layer of endearment

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 22:18 (six years ago) link

Sushi, I waaaant suuuuushiiii

consistency is the owlbear of small minds (Jon Lewis), Friday, 18 January 2013 22:58 (six years ago) link

saw her in '84 (outdoors on a pier next to the USS Intrepid)

MoneyCE by a sliver

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 January 2013 23:28 (six years ago) link

!!!!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 23:35 (six years ago) link

I saw The Smiths on the same stage btw, also New Order

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 January 2013 23:37 (six years ago) link

wow

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 January 2013 23:51 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y179mNzQgNc

Great interview with Howard from a few months ago. I'm only about 10 mins into it, but it's already great.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 January 2013 23:53 (six years ago) link

I started listening to that the other day! I need to finish it

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:13 (six years ago) link

can someone edit out the howard parts and repost that?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:45 (six years ago) link

eh I don't mind howard if I wait like, idk, years in between bouts of listening to him :)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:49 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 25 January 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

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

System, Saturday, 26 January 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

wow that's a pretty cool spread, ty ILM!

am surprised When U Were Mine didn't get more votes given the early love it was getting

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 January 2013 02:39 (six years ago) link

I once read some Klosterman essay where he called Girls Just Wanna Have Fun the saddest song ever.

I will never forget that. Fuck him.

O'Floyd rules! (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:21 (six years ago) link

kloster-not otm-man

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:22 (six years ago) link

"Witness" and "Yeah Yeah" would be the two best songs on a lot of other albums.

(hcnuL dlO) * (Old Lunch), Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:27 (six years ago) link

ugh i missed this!

back "during" occupy i made a mix to listen to on the way to/from the camp called OCCUPIED WHEN LIGHT IS ON and the closing track was "money changes everything" and it was the best thing ever because it is the best song ever.

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:29 (six years ago) link

Yeah Yeah is nice, hard to be a winner up against so many booming trax

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:29 (six years ago) link

completely missed this. when you were mine got shafted here but tbh i probably would have voted for "money changes everything"

inste grammophon (rogermexico.), Saturday, 26 January 2013 17:14 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

should i go see her on the she's so unusual 30th anniversary tour? (the answer isn't that hard but the trick will be getting my girlfriend to come along w/ me)

this might be my favorite album of all time, or at least the album i've loved the longest. i had my mom buy me a copy when I was 6!

still think the arrangements/production is kind of the apotheosis of whatever it is. big drums/synth heavy/eclectic 80s pop-rock. so maybe little textural things here that tug at my heart and then some just beautiful codas and instrumental passages and shit. they should plant a copy of this on every planet we explore.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 23 August 2013 08:57 (six years ago) link

The clips of the tour I've seen online make it look like she takes breaks between the songs to just chat with the crowd, and she's hilarious anyway, so it's like seeing a rock concert and comedy show at the same time.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 23 August 2013 14:01 (six years ago) link

I just heard "Right Track, Wrong Train" for the first time! Damn. It's crazy.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 August 2013 14:08 (six years ago) link

she's really going for a post-New Wave Yoko or B-52's approach vocally.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 August 2013 14:08 (six years ago) link

Go!! I saw her like, 8 years ago at a little outdoor show and she was fantastic. Does great crowdwork, sounds great -- she's a born performer in the holistic meaning ie she lives for the whole experience (crowd, music, arranging) and not just the singing.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 August 2013 16:31 (six years ago) link

FUCK

she played in Sacto in JUNE ugggggh how did I miss this goddamnit

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 August 2013 16:32 (six years ago) link

well, that's settled. i guess i'm going!

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 24 August 2013 03:55 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Maura on the masterwork

http://www.complex.com/music/2013/10/cyndi-lauper-shes-so-unusual

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 October 2013 18:31 (five years ago) link

*APPLAUSE*

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 14 October 2013 20:55 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

so, the deluxxe edition of this came out. it's overpriced so just download it illegally.

some of the outtakes are pretty cool. the keeper is a punky, minimalist synth-and-raw-guitar version of "girls just want to have fun" w/ some different lyrics. there's also a song i don't think i'd heard before, "rules and regulations"--it's a decent ballad.

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 00:36 (five years ago) link

maura's post above is a decent example of what it is, but like most (almost all) rock criticism it seems to be terrified of actually talking about the music. it's just the particular spin on 80s femininity that made this album so righteous, it's a genius pop record--the songwriting, the arrangements, Cyndi's voice, the mix of sonic influences and touchstones.... i guess that stuff is hard to write about so nobody does.

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 00:41 (five years ago) link

I'LL KISS YOU KISS YOU KISS YOU

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 00:43 (five years ago) link

I think part of the genius of the album is that she was a grown-ass Woman when she released it...she wasn't a girl telling other girls who to be, it was like a commandment. Cyn was 30, reporting to me, a 8 year oldgirl, from the front lines of womanhood with this massive voice & a fully realized personality, telling ME to have fun and it seemed stupid to my parents but goddamn it it meant something to me & it still does. i love that she worked so hard before the album was even a thing, you can hear it in every song, those dues are fucking PAID

every song sounds like she *knows* shit, it's still like a bible to me for the strength she has in that voice

which prob sounds corny but it's true. so. hi.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 01:03 (five years ago) link

not corny. booming post.

resulting post (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 02:01 (five years ago) link

yeah. i agree with all of it. i just think that not enough people talk about the album as a great pop record--and the things you talk about are only part of the reason it is that.

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 21:18 (five years ago) link

and yeah the tightness of the album is a testament to how much work and ambition was put into it, definitely. since the blue angel LP flopped she knew that--pushing 30--this was her big chance to leave an impression.

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 21:19 (five years ago) link

by contrast (b/c this ALWAYS comes up) madonna was--what?--about 24 when her debut album came out.

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 21:20 (five years ago) link

(same year btw)

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 21:20 (five years ago) link

is the blue angel album any good? i've never heard it

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 23:42 (five years ago) link

It's very 50's retro, if you like that kind of thing. "I'm Gonna Be Strong" (reprised on her greatest hits album Twelve Deadly Cyns) is great, though; it's like Cyndi attempting a big powerhouse ballad and then realize partway through that she doesn't quite know how to approach this kind of thing, so she just spends the last bit wildly and awesomely over-emoting.

Inside Lewellyn Sinclair (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 15:10 (five years ago) link

yeah this girls just wanna have fun demo is really cool!
like the raw little demo version of money changes everything too

Raptain Chillips (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 15:49 (five years ago) link

i like the blue angel LP. a big part of cyndi's persona is on there, although as a whole it's more conceptual that her solo debut--a sort of kennedy-era rock n pop throwback, albeit with a modern-sounding rhythm section. fits into a certain strain of new wave (think b-52's but not quite as campy or dancy). i think it'd be better regarded if it hadn't been followed up by one of the greatest pop albums of all time.

espring (amateurist), Friday, 4 April 2014 18:55 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

god. greatest side one of all time

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:33 (one year ago) link

don't discount

I'LL KISS YOU
KISS YOU
KISS YOU

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:34 (one year ago) link

absolutely it's just that side one contains three songs in a row that make me burst into tears ("girls" -> "when you were mine" -> "time after time")

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:36 (one year ago) link

The weakness of the final few tracks has always made this album feel like a missed opportunity.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 7 July 2018 15:51 (one year ago) link

I love this record. Also I will say that her last several live videos - ACl, Soundstage - have been excellent. Her voice is still amazing.

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 7 July 2018 16:05 (one year ago) link

The weakness of the final few tracks has always made this album feel like a missed opportunity.

― i’m still stanning (morrisp)

The fuck outta here! Albums don't have to be perfect, not when this one has four of the greatest songs ever recorded.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 July 2018 16:07 (one year ago) link

They don’t have to be, but this one could have been!

It’s one of my earliest memories of forming an opinion about an album – being disappointed at how this one peters out at the end, after such a dynamite side 1.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 7 July 2018 16:18 (one year ago) link

Albums don’t have to be perfect but this one damn near is. “Yeah Yeah” is the only really weak track on here; even the novelty-ish sorta title track knows well enough to not overstay it’s welcome.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Saturday, 7 July 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link


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