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

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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 (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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