Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unsual Turns 30: Celebrating A Classic

Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She’s So Unusual’ Turns 30: Celebrating A Classic

Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual Turns 30
Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual Turns 30

It was 30 years ago that a kooky, young singer from Queens, New York released her debut solo album to the world. Released isn’t exactly the right word. UNLEASHED. At 30 years old, Cyndi Lauper unleashed She’s So Unusual into the pop culture universe. Only a month before, Lauper had released her debut single ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun with it’s accompanying music video which took the world by storm. This wasn’t an artist that played by the rules. That video was made for less than $35,000 on borrowed video equipment and consisted of a cast of mostly volunteers.  The video is considered one of the greatest music videos of all time and helped to launch MTV. The single stayed on the charts for months before peaking at #2 in March of 1983. It became a feminist anthem that endures to this day.

Cyndi Lauper in Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

Lauper followed up ‘Girls’ with ‘Time After Time‘, a ballad she wrote with Rob Hyman (of The Hooters). It became her first #1 hit, and like ‘Girls’, is played on stations throughout the world today. The music video was an instant hit on MTV.

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Lauper sped things up a bit with her third single, ‘She Bop’. The controversial song was essentially an ode to masturbation. It made the “Filthy Fifteen” – a list of the dirtiest songs of the time – which led to the creation of the Parental Advisory sticker. To get airplay, Lauper never specifically states what the song was about in the lyrics. Her plan worked as it became her third Top 10 hit. As the previous two hits did, the She Bop was in heavy rotation on MTV.

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Cyndi Lauper Time After Time
Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time”

The fourth single from the album was ‘All Through The Night“, a light rock ballad. While the song did not have a music video for it, that didn’t make a difference as it hit #5 on the Billboard Charts. The peak of ‘All Through The Night’ meant that Lauper became the first woman in Billboard history to have four single from the same album to hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Cover: Cyndi Lauper She Bop from She's So Unusual
Cyndi Lauper – She Bop

The fifth single from She’s So Unusual was

‘Money Changes Everything’ – a cover of a little known song by The Brains. The song shot to #27, making it Lauper’s fifth Top 40 hit. An accompanying live video was released for music video airplay.

The impact of She’s So Unusual is unmeasurable. While selling over 6 million copies and sweeping just about every music award ceremony there is, the cultural impact was even more significant. This was an artist who made a statement. Through her sense of fashion, to her witty (yet smart) song lyrics to her powerful voice – and that New York accent – you couldn’t miss Cyndi Lauper.

Lauper has gone on to sell over 50 million records worldwide. She’s an Emmy winning actress (Bones, Mad About You), starred in numerous films (Vibes, Life With Mikey) a multiple time Grammy Award winner, a Tony Award winner a New York Times best selling author and so much more. She’s So Unusual wasn’t just a debut album. It was the birth of one of the greatest artists of all time.

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Happy 30th Cyndi Lauper! We look forward to another 30 years of amazing artistry!

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