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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
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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

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

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: 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: Early In The Mornin' (Radio Single)

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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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Jose A Gonzalez
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Mmmmmmmmmmmm m k k m m m m m m m m m m k k k j h h h h h . , m m m m m m . n b b j n ñ ñ b j j j j b , m m m m m m , m , m m m a m m a , . , , n , , e , , , m , . m o m
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Love this song time after time great song
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Musicaderram o n ayala
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toasted.tuna
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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bikeday13
Timeless track
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prevo40
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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Hi hello
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mickeytheplu m b e r

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I like this song girls just want to have fun
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I was 10 years old
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I love this song. I love Cyndi Lauper:)
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mickeytheplu m b e r
Oh and eddievedder
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mickeytheplu m b e r
My girl loves this song so much you know girls do just want to have fun a lot my doter goas on her bike a lot she loves out side but us parents stay and watch or sum times go out side or a lot most stay in and Watch games or different tv shose We'll my doter loves this song she loves cyndie lauper wow36,367 likes simmalr artists pearl jam/men at Worck/van Morrison / Jackson /
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Jordon
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Its all about the girls just wanna have fun
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Love Cyndi music in Brooklyn's East N Y In 80 90 was the best
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I love you so much
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cityplan
This bio should continue and point out that in 2013, her musical Kinky Boots won the Tony award for Best Musical, and Cyndi won the Tony for Best Score, making her the first solo woman songwriter to earn that honor.
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...:-)
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amye45
Pee Wee Herman on the David Letterman show...Pee Wee invited to the first MTV music awards and dissing on the event to Letterman... h e was in love with Cyndi Lauper and said David Lee Roth treated him like cold toast....fun n y . . . . I use the cold toast line now all the time....year s later on the internet I found a photo of Pee Wee, David Lee Roth and Rodney Dangerfield from the day and thought yeah right cold toast! I printed it and its on my wall.
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Girls just want to have fun!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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My mom says I am a like cindi loper with my outfits and nonstop classic rock and cindi loper ������������
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Good
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prevo40
Time after time by cyndi pauper!! I am sooo addicted to it!!
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The goonies the movie makes me thing of cyndi lauper
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Sinply amazing artist and knowing her story just thinking of all the days and nights in the studio. She is an amazing person and artist
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It doesn't like emojis # that's stupid
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I'll dance to this all night nonstop maybe... If I was hyper but I will dance ����������
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#luv her and so does seem my mom LOL
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Girls follow me if luv having fun
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Madonna = polished appropriator . Cyndi = true original.
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Chrisb your story sounds incredibly sad....what happened?

CL is my guilty pleasure from the 80s and I don't care who knows!!! The kitchzeness of the 1980s lends itselfs to an ironic appreciation . But I genuinely like songs like "Time after time," "True colors," "She Bop," and (especially) "All through the Night."
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Girls just wanna have fun
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Thank you for helping through the most devastating time in my life! I love you, Cyndi Lauper! Without this CD I would have died with my little sister. I listen every day. The story of her last year of life. Namaste _/|\_
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I loved this in the 80s. 2013 nervo remix is like seeing an old childhood friend married a self-absorbe d sleaze and produce a truly hideous baby. Makes me kind of sad.
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True Colors: LISTEN TO THIS SONG. THIS SONG HAS A GREAT MESSAGE FOR ALL OF US. PLEASE LISTEN. BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING AS BEAUTIFUL AS OUR TRUE COLORS. THE WAY GOD MEANT FOR THEM TO BE. BE PROUD. WE'RE CHILDREN OF GOD. LET'S SHOW IT. NO FEARS. THERE IS NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR YOU HERE.
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Wow
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llllllloooov v v v v e e e e it
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LOVE this song !!!!! Nathan's dotter :) me
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This song reminds of MTV when saw the video,luv the song!
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A truly gifted singer, songwriter and beautiful butterfly.
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I love this song
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Money. The vest que el oeste
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