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

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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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

;_;

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

I remember that!!!

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

This is basically impossible

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

all through the night v. time after time

乒乓, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

i still agree with your mom, la lechera!

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

I liked the Hooters (and so did my mom)

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

ALL YOU ZOMBIES

i love that song!

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five months ago) Permalink


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