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Cyndi Lauper | Mini Documentary
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She’s So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—”Girls Just Want to Have Fun“, “Time After Time“, “She Bop“, and “All Through the Night“—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one single “True Colors” and “Change of Heart“, which peaked at number three.
Since 1983, Lauper has released eleven studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues became Billboard‘s most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself. The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. In 2016, the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards.
Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New York’s Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards (AMAs). An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT). Lauper won the inaugural Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“. This music video is recognized by MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music videos of the era. She is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum‘s Women Who Rock exhibit. Her debut album is included in Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while “Time After Time” is included in VH1‘s list of the 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 years. VH1 has ranked Lauper No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.
Lauper is known for her distinctive image, featuring a variety of hair colors and eccentric clothing, and for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range.
Lauper has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when she was invited as a special guest to attend U.S. President Barack Obama‘s second-term inauguration.
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video)
Lauper was described by AllMusic‘s Lindsay Planer as “an iconoclastic vocalist who revolutionized the role of women in rock and roll.” Over her 40-year career, she influenced multiple recording artists including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Vanessa Paradis, Tegan and Sara, and Yelle. Due to her success and influence Lauper has been inducted into both the Hollywood and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Spotify notes that She’s So Unusual and her distinctive idiosyncratic appearance “helped popularize the image of punk and new wave for America, making it an acceptable part of the pop landscape”. Rolling Stone magazine stated that her debut was “arguably the first time explicitly punk-influenced elements were front-and-center on the pop landscape, both musically and via Lauper’s Patrick Lucas-styled ensembles, dressing up the droll Reagan decade in feminist chutzpah.” The album ranked at #487 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The album ranked at #41 on Rolling Stone‘s list of Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2012. Rolling Stone’s review stated, “A wild and wonderful skyrocket of a voice… Lauper’s extraordinary pipes connect with the right material, the results sound like the beginning of a whole new golden age.” Thirty years after its release, the album was praised as ‘everlasting’ and a ‘once-in-a-lifetime album’.
Her iconic cover and re-arrangement of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” established her as ‘a feminist idol’. Sheila Moeschen argued that the song ’embodied a different kind of feminine aesthetic that ran counter to the raw sensuality and edginess of her contemporaries like Madonna or veteran rockers Joan Jett and Pat Benatar’ that introduced ‘a nation of women to a new kind of female role model, one that celebrated difference and encouraged playfulness in self-expression’. John Rockwell wrote that the song was “a giddily upbeat attestation to female pleasure that simultaneously made a feminist statement, fulfilled male fantasies and—especially in its often-played video version—evoked the warmth of family and friends.” The video for “Girls” won the first-ever Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs. It featured a multicultural cast of women with teased, sideways hair and neon eye shadow, singing alongside Lauper. She was the first woman to have four Top 5 hits from a debut album, the first woman to win the composing category solo during the 2013 Tony Awards and one of only four women to have won competitive Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards.
Lauper’s song “Time After Time” has been covered by over 100 artists and was ranked at #22 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years and at #19 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.
“She Bop“, the third single from She’s So Unusual made history as the first and only top ten song to directly mention a gay porn magazine. The single was included in the PMRC’s “Filthy Fifteen” list that led to the parental advisory sticker that marked recordings thought to be unsuitable for young listeners. In their 1984 retrospective Rolling Stone listed She Bop as the 36th best song of that year, praising it for its unusual playfulness regarding sexuality.
Her song “True Colors” is an LGBT anthem, after which True Colors United, which advocates for runaway and homeless LGBT youth, is named.
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time (Official Video)
Cyndi Lauper – She Bop
Cyndi Lauper – All Through the Night (Official Audio)
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