Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is a perennial classic. It’s one of those rare can’t-miss songs for getting people up to dance and sing along with the song. Released in 1983,  it became an instant hit, and a “girl power” anthem.
As someone who has worked with Lauper on several occasions, I can tell you that she has a terrific voice, but her appeal on this early 80s hit is pure kitsch. Her clothes, her make-up, her ever-changing permed-out hair color, her entire persona — including her voice — had a refreshingly quirky edge to it.
By no coincidence the album in which this song appears is called “She’s So Unusual.” It is also her first solo album, and includes Lauper’s most adored and enduring song, “Time After Time.” Whereas “Time After Time” is a thought-provoking, important piece of pop culture, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” is simply a fun, bouncy, extremely danceable musical cupcake of a song.with no apparent reason to have become one of the most popular songs to come out of the 1980s.  Thirty-three years after its release, Cyndi Lauper’s off-beat appeal has remained as compelling now as it was in 1983.

she's so unusual
I come home in the morning light, my mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we’re not the fortunate ones, and girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun
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
Oh girls just want to have
That’s all they really want. some fun
When the working day is done.
Girls – they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

Ya see?  It’s so  bouncy, playful and like the star who sings it, irresistibly quirky. Fun Fact: Ms. Lauper’s funky, offbeat style so deeply impressed producing legend Quincy Jones, he gave her a solo in “We Are The World,” a legendary all-star benefit performance for the charity “USA for Africa” in 1985.  Even with the brilliant talent of co-soloists Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and a whole slew of other A-list performers, Cyndi Lauper completely stole the show by improvising her entrance starting with an amazing gospel-tinged “Well, well, well….” If you’ve never seen it….you’ve got to find it on YouTube. She’s terrific.

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