Wednesday, 25 September 2019

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: CYNDI LAUPER

THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.

CYNDI LAUPER


Cyndi Lauper always seemed to be immensely successful, everyone knew it but nobody talked about it.  She was always likened to Madonna because they arrived at the same time and wore "street cred" clothes.  The similarity pretty much ends there.  Madonna is also a favourite artist of mine but her and Cyndi are vastly different on many counts.  Cyndi was always more Rock Pop oriented while Madonna was more Disco and Dance Pop.  Both have experimented in styles but while Madonna veers towards the more Electronic Dance, Cyndi has tried Folk, Blues and Jazz.

Cyndi alwasy came across as a genuine nice person and a true artist.  I have all her albums and still marvel at her vocal range.  On the Twelve Deadly Cyns Tour 94-95 I had the pleasure of seeing her live in Liverpool.  The big notes she took in her stride and I realised this lady was an amazing vocalist.  She joked with the audience, gave that flirty, kooky laugh often and absolutely loved performing to a crowd.  I don't think she has got the credit she deserves from the music press although her peers and music business professionals have praised her.  I still feel her input has been largely ignored.

I did not know but her song "Time After Time" has been covered by over 100 artists and is #22 on Rolling Stone's Best Songs of the Lat 25 Years and #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs Of The 80s.  "True Colors" is also the LGBT anthem and was the idea to name True Colors United, advocates for homeless and runaway youths.

She has also acted in various roles, mostly cameos as herself, happy to send herself up which shows she doesn't take herself too seriously.  Still singing and performing today she has influenced the likes of Katy Perry, Vanessa Paradis and Tegan And Sara.  Although her video persona was always the cute, vulnerable but quirky, crazy girl she is extremely intelligent and is very knowledgeable about all forms of the music business.   Her albums matued each time until she had enough knowledge and savvy to branch into other genres.  If you listen to her 5th album, "Hat Full Of Stars" from 1993 it so much more complicated and more adult than the debut "She's So Unusual".  An experienced and intelligent artist and real professional with a warm sense of humour and outlook, that's Cyndi.







3 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing such thought provoking articles about some of my fave artists.....I especially loved the one you shared about Prince! I will "ADORE" him always💜👑 Do you review unsigned artists here? Thanks!

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    1. Thank you there are many unsigned artists reviewed here and also lots of Prince articles and 80s.

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  2. Cyndi Lauper is one of music's Iconic Diva's. She has proved from past to present that she can hold her own. Especially In the 80's with other successful artist as:
    Janet Jackson,
    Madonna,
    Mariah Carey Etc...
    I think the next biggest achievement for Cyndi Lauper Is Rock N Roll hall of fame.

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