POLLS Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper SHE'S SO UNUSUAL album poll

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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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:39 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

yeah

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

I was thinking I should watch that show tbh.

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

ALSO this is the best:

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

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

Everything about it. Just so you know.

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

MONEY

Euler, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

tbrr this whole album makes me weepy

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

'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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

Time After Time.

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

xxxpost ENBB that video was incredible

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

DO THAT YES

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

I need to see that LL

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

holy shit that first side is such an amazing thing

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

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

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:09 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

guess I need to listen to this full album huh

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

yes you do

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

"Witness" is not bad either

Euler, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:14 (five years ago) Permalink

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

otm

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

and yeah I love 'Ill Kiss You'

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

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

Sushi, I waaaant suuuuushiiii

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

!!!!

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

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

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

wow

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

can someone edit out the howard parts and repost that?

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 25 January 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

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

System, Saturday, 26 January 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

kloster-not otm-man

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

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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) Permalink

*APPLAUSE*

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

I'LL KISS YOU KISS YOU KISS YOU

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

not corny. booming post.

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

(same year btw)

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 21:20 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 23:42 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

god. greatest side one of all time

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:33 (four months ago) Permalink

don't discount

I'LL KISS YOU
KISS YOU
KISS YOU

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:34 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink


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