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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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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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joshboat95
Ggj
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I love this song
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Money. The vest que el oeste
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Great artist.... Keeps up with the times ... After time!
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Kinky Boots on Broadway. She deserved the Tony.
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gpav35
GOONIES ONE EYED WILLIE ROCKY ROAD
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The Goonies was hands down one of the best films ever made.
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Duh come on girls
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tomykalipsco m b
THE BEST OF THE 80'S STARTS WITH YOU CYNDI!!!!! you were always so bold w your music. I love this song.....
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gpav35
Thank you
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I love Cyndi! She is a crazy singer!
If your lost, Cyndi, I will come to find you!!!! :P
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I remember seeing Cyndi when she came Australia some 30 years ago. ..she was amazing
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Freakin' love this song!!! She has such a good voice too!
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I love her sound
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Man she's such a good singer
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Jordon
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Unforgettabl e song, takes me back��
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Her concert some years ago when True Colors was released was amazing!!!! When she sang Change of heart it was electric no one was sitting..... She did an encore of the song to close out the concert amazing!!!!!
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I love Cyndi Lauper! She's never changed who she is and all the great stuff she's done for the LGBT community!
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Time After Time: I love Cyndi Lauper's music
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Is she still alive ???
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She is a talented, amazing singer. I just luv her music
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true coiors
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Her hair is amazeballs
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she has been unique, beautiful and brilliant from the beginning.
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crazypatssli n k y
Cyndi Lauper is one heck of a singer!
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Cyndi Lauper is A Great Artist And a Strong Singer . God Bless Cyndi
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Great song. Written by Philly's own Hooters frontmen Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman who also recorded it.
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Oh Girls they wanna have fun,,,used to love this....
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Jordon
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bxnysandy
thanks to pandora I listen to her songs daily. she's the best.. I love her
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Love her
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Jordon
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Time After Time! <3!
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I use to listen to it at nigh.
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My wife loved this song. RIP Shawn. We had 23 yrs together.
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Wao junior high school memories...�
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Love her music.
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LOve her music!
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Cyndi has such a beautiful voice!
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I remember this song time after time love it
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Wow this song brings back great memories!
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