The Joup Friday Album: Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (30th Anniversary Edition)

71Ky+lq86mL._SL1500_In her self-titled autobiography, singer Cyndi Lauper talks a lot about making something out of nothing. The New York-born Lauper specifically mentions painting the bottom of her heels in a Vincent Van Gogh motif for the cover of “She’s So Unusual,” which was reissued in 2014 through Legacy Recordings on a 30th anniversary celebration limited-edition vinyl pressing. The vinyl itself is a lot like Lauper, with it’s riotous explosion of color against a clear background.

All the hits are here, songs like “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “She Bop,” “Time After Time,” and “Money Changes Everything.” But it doesn’t stop there: The album also features the Prince-penned tune “When You Were Mine,” and the lesser-known, but still powerful pop anthem “All Through The Night.” There aren’t too many major-label debuts that boast that many hits; The only other one that springs to mind is Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall.”

Thirty years on, this album still holds up, as does Lauper’s career. Active on Broadway (“Kinky Boots”) and with gay-rights organizations she continues to prove that she IS unusual and just as relevant as ever.

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Sara Farr

Sara Farr

Sara Farr is currently an adjunct marketing instructor at the School of Advertising Art. Previously, she worked as a graphic designer at Variety for six years, and spent 10 years before that as a music writer for various Midwestern and Los Angeles-based newspapers and magazines. Her work appears in “The Little Black Book, Music: Over a Century of the Greatest Artists, Albums, Songs, Performances and Events That Rocked the Music World.”

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