Cyndi Lauper (Copyright © 1999-2024 Piero Scaruffi | Terms of use )

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In many ways New York native Cyndi Lauper embodied the eccentric, nihilistic and naive punkette persona in the years right after when punk-rock and new wave had become mass phenomena. That persona contrasted with her childish voice, but that voice, in a sense, was the symbol of all the contradictions of her generation, the same contradictions that Madonna had already identified and targeted. She's So Unusual (Portrait, 1984) contains the hits that established her as a major voice, She Bop (1983), a shrewd reference to female masturbation, and Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1984), a sarcastic ode to the serene idiocy of American teenagers. The ballads Time After Time and All Through the Night contributed to turning the album into a million-seller. But her main influence was on the dress of American teenage girls.

Three mediocre ballads (Maybe He'll Know, True Colors, Change of Heart) are the highlights of True Colors (Portrait, 1996). A Night To Remember (Epic, 1989) was easy-listening music with no purpose.

Lauper's career was resurrected by Hat Full Of Stars (Epic, 1993), a heavily produced concept album that harks back to the era of intellectual songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carole King.

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