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

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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


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