Song 26 Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 1983

'I want to be the one to walk in the sun...' All kids cherish the memory of the first time their parents looked at a new favourite singer or band and said, 'Who or WHAT is that?' And I can tell you there was an awful lot of indulgent head shaking in my house over Cyndi Lauper. The song's over-played, but just look at this woman: dancing up the street in that incredible hat, twisting her wrestler father's arm behind his back, using an actual telephone with a receiver to call her friends. And when Cyndi and her buddies 'have fun' they don't mean white wine, gossip and shopping. They're going to lead the entire neighbourhood back to Cyndi's for a very cramped dance party in her room, where they play a 45 record, order pizza, and entertain one of the coneheads. Hey, I'd go. Being thirteen was no fun whatsoever, but it was a comfort to know that somewhere, someone was enjoying life as much as Cyndi Lauper, the patron saint of weirdos.


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