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Cyndi Lauper
"She's So Unusual"

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Year of Release: 1983

track listing
  • Money Changes
  • Girls Just Wanna
    Have Fun
  • When You Were Mine
  • Time After Time
  • She Bop
  • All Through The Night
  • Witness
  • I'll Kiss You
  • He's So Unusual
  • Yeah Yeah

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    Cyndi Lauper
    "She's So Unusual"

    1983 -- the year we were introduced to Cyndi Lauper, the WWF (wrestling), and MTV. Cyndi Lauper was best known for her "unusual" look, and her anthem for young gals, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." The album that launced that hit and others was from her release, She's So Unusual.

    The biggest hits from this release were "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Time After Time" which hit #1, and "She Bop." As popular as these songs were, there are many others that should be recognized as Lauper being a 1980s rocker; some songs with a pop rock style, and others just rocking a bit more.

    "Money Changes Everything" is one song that should impress those who thought Lauper was just a pop fad singer. This song shows her as a rocker, as the typical '80s pop singers. Even her version of Prince's "When You Were Mine" is quite impressive, as most females were recording their versions of Prince songs in the '80s. (Do I need to mention Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" ?)

    Like "Time After Time," it seems that Lauper's biggest breaks were the ballads. "All Through The Night" shines in high fashion for Lauper, easily getting this song repeated listens, as well as her rocking songs. Other good rocking songs are "Witness" and "I'll Kiss You," having a new wave touch. Likewise the ending song, "Yeah Yeah" is also a good rocker.

    A very impressive album by Cyndi Lauper... It's the non-hits that get the most attention. Her popular hits from this release are as fresh today as they were then. But to some, Cyndi Lauper was a hit-or-miss to fans. In listening to this album over 2 decades after, it's very impressive to hear how Lauper can sing (and rock) as many of her popular counterparts of the 1980s. Give it an open mind (if you're not a Lauper fan), and you just maybe impressed yourself.

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