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Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper was one of the biggest stars of the early MTV era, selling five-million copies of her debut album, She's So Unusual, as well as scoring a string of four Top Ten hits from the record, including the major hits "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time." Lauper's thin, girlish voice and gleefully ragtag appearance became one of the most distinctive images of the early '80s, which helped lead her not only to the top of the charts, but also to stardom. Throughout America, there were numbers of teenage girls dressing like Lauper and using "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" as an anthem, a call to arms for self-expression. At first, her music was a bright, colorful new wave fusion of a number of styles, including new wave, post-punk, reggae, pop, and funk. Both her music and her appearance helped popularize -- and just as importantly, sanitize --- the image of punk and new wave for America, making it an acceptable part of the pop landscape. Lauper didn't follow through on the success of her debut, choosing to turn toward middle-of-the-road balladry and mainstream pop, but her first album remains a benchmark of the early '80s.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the neighboring borough of Queens, Lauper (born June 22, 1953) dropped out of high school in her late teens, choosing to sing in a number of local cover bands instead. Eventually, her voice was so strained she turned to voice lessons from Katherine Agresta, a well-known vocal teacher in New York. In 1977, Lauper began writing her own material with keyboardist John Turi. The duo formed Blue Angel that same year. Over the next few years, the group built up a solid following in New York, culminating in the release of an eponymous debut album on Polydor in 1980. Blue Angel flopped and shortly afterward, Lauper filed for bankruptcy, which led to her group's disbandment.

Lauper subsequently sang in local clubs and restaurants. In 1983, her manager and boyfriend David Wolff managed to secure her a contract with Portrait. At the end of the year, she released her debut album, She's So Unusual. Helped by heavy MTV support of the album's first single/video "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," the album became a major hit in the spring of 1984, eventually climbing to number four on the U.S. charts; it would wind up going platinum five times, as well as becoming a hit in the U.K. and Europe. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" peaked at number two, while its follow-up, the ballad "Time After Time," reached number one; two other songs, "She Bop" and "All Through the Night," went Top Ten.

With the mainstream success under her belt, Lauper was an official star, yet she wasn't able to maintain her popularity. During 1985 she worked on her follow-up album; her only release of the year was "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough," the theme song from the children's adventure film The Goonies. Her second album, True Colors, appeared in the fall of 1986, and while it was successful -- the title track went to number one, while the album peaked at number four and went platinum -- its softer, adult contemporary sound lost Lauper some fans. Lauper's career continued to lose momentum, as her feature film debut in 1988's comedy Vibes bombed. A Night to Remember, her third album, was released to weak reviews in 1989, and although it spawned the Top Ten hit "I Drove All Night," it suffered from disappointing sales, peaking at number 37. The next year, she severed her relationship with Wolff and married actor David Thornton.

After taking a few years off, Lauper returned in 1993 with Hat Full of Stars, an album where she co-produced and co-wrote all of the tracks. The record stiffed, peaking at 112. The following year, the hits compilation Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some was released in the U.K.; the album reached number two, while a remixed "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" became a number one hit. Twelve Deadly Cyns was released in America the following year to less attention. Lauper released Sisters of Avalon, her first album of new material in four years, in the spring of 1997 to generally positive reviews, yet the record didn't chart. Merry Christmas...Have a Nice Life! followed in late 1998.

After a long hiatus, Lauper returned to the studio in 2003 for At Last, a collection of pop standards that garnered favorable reviews and spawned a live DVD, Live...At Last. The Body Acoustic, a collection of stripped-down reinventions of previous hits, followed in 2005. In 2008, Lauper released her tenth studio album, the dance-oriented Bring Ya to the Brink. She then switched gears for 2010's Memphis Blues, which featured her versions of several classic blues songs.

Lauper promoted the release of Memphis Blues with a stint on the reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, and over the next few years, she specialized in multimedia projects. In 2012, she released an autobiography called Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir and wrote the score and songs for the Broadway musical adaptation of the 2006 film Kinky Boots. The production earned 13 Tony nominations in 2013 and Lauper took home the trophy for Best Original Score, becoming the first woman to win this category alone. She celebrated the 30th anniversary of She's So Unusual with a tour in 2013 -- the album also saw a deluxe reissue that year -- and she continued to make appearances on TV. In the spring of 2016, she returned with Detour, a collection of country music covers featuring cameos from Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Alison Krauss. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Memphis Blues

1. Just Your Fool

2. Shattered Dreams

3. Early In The Mornin'

4. Romance In The Dark

5. How Blue Can You Get?

6. Down Don't Bother Me

7. Don't Cry No More

8. Rollin' And Tumblin'

9. Down So Low

10. Mother Earth

11. Crossroads

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Track List: Bring Ya To The Brink

1. High And Mighty

2. Into The Nightlife

3. Rocking Chair

4. Echo

5. Lyfe

6. Same Ol' Story

7. Raging Storm

8. Lay Me Down

9. Give It Up

10. Set Your Heart

11. Grab A Hold

12. Rain On Me

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Track List: Les Indispensables De Cyndi Lauper

1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

2. Time After Time

3. True Colors

4. The World Is Stone

5. I Drove All Night

6. Iko Iko

7. When You Were Mine

8. Change Of Heart

9. All Through The Night

10. What's Going On

11. I Don't Want To Be Your Friend

12. She Bop

13. Maybe He'll Know

14. The Goonies 'R' Good Enough

15. Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun)

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Track List: Shine EP

1. Shine

2. It's Hard To Be Me

3. Madonna Whore

4. Water's Edge

5. Shine (The Illicit Mix)

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Track List: At Last

1. At Last

2. Walk On By

3. Stay

4. La Vie En Rose

5. Unchained Melody

6. If You Go Away

7. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)

8. My Baby Just Cares For Me

9. Makin' Whoopee

10. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

11. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

12. Hymn To Love

13. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

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Track List: The Essential Cyndi Lauper

1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

2. Money Changes Everything

3. Who Let In The Rain

4. She Bop

5. Time After Time

6. I Drove All Night

7. Hat Full Of Stars

8. Change Of Heart

9. Sisters Of Avalon

10. All Through The Night

11. When You Were Mine

12. True Colors

13. Unhook The Stars

14. The Goonies 'R' Good Enough

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Track List: Twelve Deadly Cyns ...And Then Some

1. I'm Gonna Be Strong

2. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

3. Money Changes Everything

4. Time After Time

5. She Bop

6. All Through The Night

7. Change Of Heart

8. True Colors

9. What's Going On

10. I Drove All Night

11. That's What I Think

12. Sally's Pigeons

13. Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun)

14. Come On Home

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Track List: True Colors

1. Change Of Heart

2. Maybe He'll Know

3. Boy Blue

4. True Colors

5. Calm Inside The Storm

6. What's Going On

7. Iko Iko

8. The Faraway Nearby

9. 911

10. One Track Mind

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Track List: She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Money Changes Everything

2. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

3. When You Were Mine

4. Time After Time

5. She Bop

6. All Through The Night

7. Witness

8. I'll Kiss You

9. He's So Unusual

10. Yeah Yeah

11. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (2013 Yolanda Be Cool Remix)

12. Time After Time (2013 Nervo Back In Time Remix)

13. Time After Time (2013 Bent Collective Remix)

Disc 2

1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Early Guitar Demo)

2. All Through The Night (1983 Rehearsal, With Studio Dialog)

3. Rules And Regulations (1983 Rehearsal)

4. Money Changes Everything (Demo)

5. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Demo)

6. Right Train, Wrong Track (Non LP B-Side)

7. Witness (Live, Boston, 1984)

8. She Bop (1984 Arthur Baker Remix)

9. Time After Time (Work In Progress Rough Mix)

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Track List: She's So Unusual

1. Money Changes Everything

2. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

3. When You Were Mine

4. Time After Time

5. She Bop

6. All Through The Night

7. Witness

8. I'll Kiss You

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Track List: Detour

1. Funnel Of Love

2. Detour (Feat. Emmylou Harris)

3. Misty Blue

4. Walkin' After Midnight

5. Heartaches By The Number

6. The End Of The World

7. Night Life (Feat. Willie Nelson)

8. Begging To You

9. You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly (Feat. Vince Gill)

10. I Fall To Pieces

11. I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart (Feat. Jewel)

12. Hard Candy Christmas (Feat. Alison Krauss)

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Track List: Early In The Mornin' (Radio Single)

1. Early In The Mornin'

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your number one with me girls just want have fun with us mii
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you all need spelling and grammar lessons....
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Love the music bring it back in Brooklyn East N.Y.80 90
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girls just want to have fun with you especially me with you with my sunshine mimi
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She was the first one I was obsessed w still am��
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Good job good!!
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MTV used to be a great channel. Now it is nothing but TRASH.
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This title is so true lol
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She was awesome! I remember listening to her at the roller rink! Ha,ha! :-)
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My CL fav: I Drove All Night
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I have loved your music all my life back in 2006 I saw you at foxwoods casino on my birthday I just wish I had the chance too meet you . thank you for your signed poster its still on my wall and I will charish it forever that was the happist day of my life thankyou very much .if you ever visit Connecticut again I would love too meet you .at 39 ward street apt1 Norwich ct.
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got to see her in concert with boy george-best night of my life. i love them both equally. cyndi is beautiful and represents girls everywhere, especially me. love her fun attitude and amazing voice, not to mention her super cool wardrobe. loved her since day 1 and always will❤️
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Have ALWAYS LOVED her music. Got 2C her w/Meatloaf @a little amphitheater in Clear Lake, Ca. (like 30years ago) Both 2die4. Hope Your Well
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My mom and love your song
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Love her, I enjoy her music and courage
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her voice sounds like mine in away
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Hello. Syndi. Lauper ❤️
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Cyndi Lauper was a really good singer and I listen to her songs a lot.
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rjferwerda1 I was 6...you're tellin me.
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I was 23 when "Girls wanna have fun". Those were the days
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she is singing about masterbason
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My CL fav: I Drove All Night
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I upcessed with Cyndi Lauper! I love all her songs.
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I love her,always
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I love this song because i get yelled by my parents all the time saying what you gonna do with ur life and i say..... i just wanna have fun im a girl :-)
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jc.mcquillen 1 5
I just want to have fun........t h a t ' s all I really want ,some funnnnn , when my working day is done, oh I want to have fun.
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Wasn't it so much easier back in the 80s I'm 37 so born in 79 didn't get to Hit the clubs but my older sister boy this and Madonna. But love the music that came from that era. Perfect years for a metal head with skid row and early Metallica
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That's right it's my life and it's fun!!!!
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It seems just like yesterday when I first heard cyndi's music ..Time flys so very fast...I remember growing up on this music. I see artist today trying to copy her work,but NO ONE will be Ms. CYNDI LAUPER....Le t all of us show her our appreciation .
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Boy blue is my anthem from you Cyndi for all the young boys n girls that are homosexual and how we all need to love is the whole of the law.LOVE UNDER WILL*99*
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Love this song time after time great song
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Did you know that your song Time After Time is in Neapolian Dinamite?�� just saying.
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K tick tock tick tock....bye naila did.....to claww a mttrucker.:) ( :
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Timeless track
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Love her songs time after time and girls just want to have fun! Wish we could bring back all those classic songs! That is when music was its absolute best! So sad the way the world came to today! It's just not the same!!
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