I knew Cyndi Lauper‘s debut album She’s So Unusual had to be on the list. I am surprised that Madonna’s debut album is not because it was something new at the time. I remember both albums coming out in 1983 and I thought Lauper would be around a lot longer, although I was a huge fan of Madonna’s first album. Madonna had the dance vibe and Lauper had the heart. I was wrong, but have stayed around, but obviously Madonna’s sex appeal, stage presence and dancing has made her the more famous one. Lauper’s work was the more unusual one at the time. Lauper is known as a great singer, but she went astray time after time. This was definitely one of the albums I bought. I was crazy about Cyndi Lauper. She was so unusual and it that spoke to me.
“Money Changes Everything” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” were fun songs to open the album with, but I would have switched the order a bit. I think the ending has three full songs that are lesser known, but were still great.
I remember “When You Were Mine” because it was on a Prince album I had, but Lauper made it her own.
“Time After Time” can still bring a tear to me eyes. I felt lost then and I still do.
“She Bop” is a great song to move to, but I had no idea what a bop was until I paid attention to the lyrics. We all bop, but we do not all sing about it. Or do we?
“All Through the Night” was probably my absolute favourite because it was so sad. I wanted someone to go through the night with me and forget we have a past. Also, her voice soars through the stars at the end.
We have no past, we won’t reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends, there is no end
Overall, what do you expect me to say. I love this album and I do not say I love things, but this album spoke to me. The meter still clicks when I hear this album. I wish she could have held back the weird a little and maintained this quality. 10/10.
Lauper had the weirdest videos too, but they were meant to be fun.