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

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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

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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