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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Go Cyndi L.����������
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Good song time after time
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pooh_bear333
Time after Time
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pooh_bear333
1983 Pajama Parties and pillow fights! Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
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And i see your True Colors.
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............ . Ha I knew everyone would like your songs come to house 3806 and you would get $1,0000,0000 , 0 0 0 0 ok
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jesus.duran9 0 6
Love this sing
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The song True Colors Is just great. Beautiful ballad. With great lyrics.
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heatherlundh o l m
Cyndi has an amazing aura that is so attractive. Meeting her would be amazing.
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kevin-burns9
We'll well this gals. Voice steps up on all hers songs just amazing talent ms Cindy!!!pkb, 4 5
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Sindy lauper music rocks like captain lou albino..
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Wish. I couuld. Meet. Her. Big. Fan love. All. Her. Songs. Girlwant. To have fun. Rocks
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So happy they have my favorite 80's artists!
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tommy.etal
They need to bring back the 80's. Seriously! That or the late 60's music too. lnnl Rock on!
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Girls still wanna have Fun
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rosalvavelas c o 6 5
Love this song!!!!!!! 80's come back!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Jordon Girls just wanna have fun me and my BFF Linzi love this song Girls just wanna have fun
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Guys want to have fun also!
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Awesome song ✌������
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I love this song
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anapaz830
Love you
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time after time...
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Sing it Cyndi
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This song is beautiful I love
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Good song
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briankillack y
WOW been along time since i heard this. memories!
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Great Beat
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Sing it Cyndi. Sock it to me.
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Yeah cool song
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steffanwolf
Vibes is one of, if not the most under rated movies ever made, every one in the movie did an exceptional performance and you cant help but feel good when you watch the chemistry between her and Jeff Goldbloom. Watch it again and you will be wondering why she never got a spin off t.v. series with Louise her spirit guide. Love you Cyndi, you are an inspiration.
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Classic song,classic artist.
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Omg! I surprisingly love her!
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I love this song
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Awesome voice and beautiful woman
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Love that voice love it
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Yes, girls just want to fun!
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Love it " girls just want to have fun!" the #1song
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barterwork
Time after Time, Cyndis' vocals, and the production of the piece have earned this a score of wonderful, ingrained in a generation, and sounds as fresh today as the first time I heard it, Absolutely wonderful.
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tiffanytripp 9 3
Cyndi is ok
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pooh_bear333
I see your true colors and that's why I love you.
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Y seguimos teniendo permiso gracias a Dios.
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Time goes by sooo fast wow .. Remember when I was in grade school listening to her ... Great memories ! Thank you.
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Will always love this song......
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I love this song. And every song that's on this Album.
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