80s Song of the Day: Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

The phone rings in the middle of the night
My father yells what you gonna do with your life
Oh daddy dear you know you’re still number one
But girls they want to have fun


Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper was released on September 6, 1983, with Right Track Wrong Train as the B side. It was the lead single from Lauper’s debut album She’s So Unusual. Continue reading


45 RPMs: Cyndi Lauper Time After Time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time


The U.K. and other versions of the Time After Time 7″ single came with this picture sleeve. The U.S. version did not.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was a huge fan of Cyndi Lauper in the 80s, and She’s So Unusual was one of my very first albums. It still holds a lot of significance for me because it came out at a time when I was just starting to discover my own musical tastes and interests. Cyndi wasn’t my parents’ favorite singer or my brothers’ favorite band – she was all mine.


Time After Time is an absolutely stunning song and one of my all-time favorites. Released in 1984, it was the second single off of She’s So Unusual, after Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and Cyndi’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.   Continue reading

On the Road: Cyndi Lauper’s Fun Tour, 1983-1984

Cyndi Lauper‘s She’s So Unusual was one of my very first albums, and the Fun Tour that supported it was my first concert. Cyndi’s first major headlining tour lasted from November 1983 through December 1984, covering North America and three stops in Europe. lauper tour shirt

I saw the September 6, 1984 show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Philly natives The Hooters opened for Cyndi. Because I had actually seen her in concert, I was elected president of my town’s unofficial chapter of the Cyndi Lauper Fan Club, which consisted of me and about four of my friends. I took my duties very seriously at the time (there was a handwritten newsletter and lots of Cyndi buttons pinned on denim), and I still remember that tour living up to its name – just a really fun time with lots and lots of energy. Continue reading