Cyndi Lauper
Shes So Unusual


4.0
excellent

Review

by ZEROthirtythree USER (12 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 23 replies | 4,365 views


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist


Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
#494 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums List

Short Bio: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Thornton, was born in Brooklyn-New York on June 22nd 1953. Cyndi took up playing the guitar and writing lyrics at the age of twelve. The first song she learned to play was "Greensleeves". She went to 4 high schools. The one that gave her the honorary high school diploma was Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, NY.

Tracks:
1. Money Changes Everything: The opening track was originally done by The Brains. This is one of her most impressive songs EVER and certainly best when it's live. She blows you away. She did then, and she still does now. This is a great song with nice guitar work and a impressive harmonica solo.
5/5
2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: A cover of a Robert Hazard song, and also the first single from the album. It was the perfect one to choose as the first, since its such a fun and catchey song that you can dance to. Cyndi is backed up by a chorus as she sings "Oh girls just want to have fun." This song includes an easily recognizable chord sequence for guitar and some wierd breakdown, where some instrument (A dulcimer??) plays a solo. The video for this song is number 45 on the 100 Greatest Videos of All Time on VH1.Com. How could you not give this classic a 5/5?
5/5
3. When You Were Mine: Another cover. This one was originally a Prince tune, but this is a great remake. I've heard Prince's version, and this one is totally different and better than the original. Cyndi sure can reinterpret a song. The already racy lyrics are made even more so by Cyndi, a woman, singing them. But Cyndi really does let it out on this song. I saw her perform it on the Grammys one year and she did an awesome job. This is a stand out track on She's So Unusual.
5/5
4. Time After Time: Beautiful lyrics in this song, written by Cyndi and Rob Hyman. It's a classic song that will withstand the test of time. The lyrics, voice(A duet between a man and Cyndi), and music(marvelous bass work in this track) are ENCHANTING. I don't really know of a single person (Cyndi fan or not) that doesn't love this song. It's amazing. This song won me over as a Cyndi fan, I think it could do the same to you.
5/5
5. She Bop: I loved "She Bop" the first time I heard the line "be bop--a--lu--she bop." I don't really know what the lyrics mean, but you can't get the song out of your head. This is easily the catchiest song I have EVER heard. The song works because it is that fine line of fluff and substance- you can't help but to have fun.
5/5
6. All Through the Night: A song written by Jules Shear. This song is pure bliss, the line "let me be there let me stay there for a while....." with the whistling in the back ground, the twinkly music which sounds so much like snow or rain coming down. The synthesiser break in the middle, the "ooooh" at the end which carries out the song as it fades away, this is a beautiful , beautiful song, so serene and peaceful and well arranged. The twinkly, sparkly synthesizer bit always makes me think of bright sunshine reflecting off the water or shards of glass. Cyndi really shows her vocal talent on "All Through the Night."
5/5
7. Witness: Now this is a strange one. It sounds fairly reggaeish, and is actually a Blue Angel tune (her first band). The song is too repetative, and I don't like it. The drumming is the only thing that would make me listen to this song again though.
2/5
8. I'll Kiss You: What a funky song! It's really different, but very Cyndi. The music, the kooky voice she does....it's just incredibly fun. My favorite lines in this songs is "Hopped into a taxi, told the driver, got to get me cross town! Killed the bottle started seeing double when the driver turned around!" What she does with her voice on that part is spectacular. Overall though I thought it was a bit to "novelty."
3.5/5
9. He's So Unusual: This was originally recorded by Helen Kane in 1928 for the musical "Sweetie" with Stu Erwin, Jack Oakie and Nancy Carroll. Helen sang it as she unraveled Stu Erwin's football sweater. It's a cute song that is a tribute to Helen Kane- the boop boop be doo woman of the 1920's and 30's- the woman with that fantastical pop culture voice singing I Wanna be Loved by You ( I think that was her biggest hit ) and Betty Boop. With Cyndi, the song kills two birds with one stone. It brings old Hollywood, vaudville, early music theatre, Yiddish theatre to the world of pop/rock music 1980's.
4/5
10. Yeah Yeah: The Betty Boop thing in the backround is perfect. Cyndi's backing vocals, where she says "I want sushi" is hilarious. The chorus is just her singing "Yeah yeah, yeah yeah." This song includes an interesting saxaphone solo and a simple synth riff. "Yeah Yeah" represents the more sexually agressive modern woman (of her generation). While "He's so Unusual" represents the sexually repressed women of her mother's generation. This is why the two songs go together.
5/5

So overall, I give this album a 4/5 (8/10). Mainly because it is short and has a couple weak tracks. Anyone who is a pop music fan would enjoy this. And I suggest anyone who has this cd somewhere to go find it. Give it a listen. I'm sure "She's So Unusual" will give you a smile somehow, whether it's the quirky yet intelligent lyrics, it's signature 80's sound, or the straight out crazy fun it offers for anyone who dares to listen. I felt touched after listening to it, you will too.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Badmoon
August 7th 2004



384 Comments


Cyndi Lauper = New York street whore.

Good review though :thumb:

SubtleDagger
August 7th 2004



737 Comments


[QUOTE=ZEROthirtythree]5. She Bop: I loved "She Bop" the first time I heard the line "be bop--a--lu--she bop." I don't really know what the lyrics mean, but you can't get the song out of your head. This is easily the catchiest song I have EVER heard. The song works because it is that fine line of fluff and substance- you can't help but to have fun. [/QUOTE]
It's about masturbation.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 7th 2004



2125 Comments


[QUOTE=badmoon349]Cyndi Lauper = New York street whore.

Good review though :thumb:[/QUOTE]

:lol:

agreed.

Iai
Emeritus
August 7th 2004



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review. You just reminded me that someone recommended this album to me about 8 years ago, when a techno remake of Time After Time came out. I'll definitely make a point to check this out, only if just because Girls Just Wanna Have Fun has been a guilty pleasure of mine for some years now. :lol:

ZEROthirtythree
August 7th 2004



234 Comments


[QUOTE=badmoon349]Cyndi Lauper = New York street whore.[/QUOTE]

Come on guys, give her a chance.


[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]It's about masturbation.[/QUOTE]

Cool, now I know. Thank you.

The NPC
August 7th 2004



101 Comments


Dirty little pop girl, I love her like like eggs and bacon. Umm Umm good, 4.5/5.

ZEROthirtythree
August 7th 2004



234 Comments


Thanks NPC, but I need more replies! Come on, everyone has heard at least one song off this album.

Wanker
August 7th 2004



139 Comments


i hate to say this, but time after time is a classic. *hangs head in shame*

excellent review, by the way.

YDload
August 7th 2004



1207 Comments


Captain Lou Albano rules! Also, I noticed the drummer was Anton Fig. That guy's pretty famous: he's part of David Letterman's band, and he also recorded the drums for a Kiss album after Peter Criss left. Good review.

Med57
Moderator
August 7th 2004



1001 Comments


Good review, but this is one of the top 500 albums ever? :lol:

ZEROthirtythree
August 7th 2004



234 Comments


[QUOTE=Medopalis]Good review, but this is one of the top 500 albums ever? :lol:[/QUOTE]

It's a good 80's pop album. Give it a chance.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 7th 2004



2125 Comments


I'll give it a chance, I'll download it and see what I think.

The NPC
August 8th 2004



101 Comments


[QUOTE=ZEROthirtythree]Thanks NPC, but I need more replies! Come on, everyone has heard at least one song off this album.[/QUOTE]

She's actually very talented so I'm a fan.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 11th 2004



2125 Comments


Ok ZERO, this cd is on sale so I'm going to buy it if you think I'd like it. Do you? I'm trusting you, so don't waste my money :mad:

:p I'll forgive you if I don't like it though, plus I've heard a few songs that I liked, so it should be ok. Seriously though, would I be interested?

Vietnow
August 11th 2004



39 Comments


Great Review! I've heard a bunch of these songs because i have the greatest hits. Shes what I call "Fun"

ZEROthirtythree
August 11th 2004



234 Comments


[QUOTE=br3ad_man]Ok ZERO, this cd is on sale so I'm going to buy it if you think I'd like it. Do you? I'm trusting you, so don't waste my money :mad:

:p I'll forgive you if I don't like it though, plus I've heard a few songs that I liked, so it should be ok. Seriously though, would I be interested?[/QUOTE]

I'm not sure if you want to buy it or not. If it's really cheap, by all means get it.

Are you a fan of 80's pop though? If you are, you will enjoy this. If not, then don't. I didn't buy this album myself, I downloaded it Though I would buy it, if I saw it for cheap. "Time After Time" is one of the best songs I've ever heard.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 12th 2004



2125 Comments


hmmm, I like Michael Jackson...

Badmoon
August 12th 2004



384 Comments


^The store clerk may laugh at you. :p



That's probably the worst thing that could happen.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 12th 2004



2125 Comments


:lol: I doubt it, it's on sale at K Mart :p

themightyquinn23
September 6th 2004



54 Comments


I actually think Time After Time is a good song. The other ones(that I have heard) are meh. Good review.



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