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

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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


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