Cyndi Lauper was one of the biggest stars of the early MTV era, selling five million copies of her debut album, She's So Unusual, as well as scoring a string of four Top Ten hits from the record, including the major hits "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time." Lauper's thin, girlish voice and gleefully ragtag appearance became one of the most distinctive images of the early '80s, which helped lead her not only to the top of the charts, but also to stardom. Throughout America, there were numbers of teenage girls dressing like Lauper and using "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" as an anthem, a call to arms for self-expression. At first, her music was a bright, colorful new wave fusion of a number of styles, including new wave, post-punk, reggae, pop, and funk. Both her music and her appearance helped popularize -- and just as importantly, sanitize --- the image of punk and new wave for America, making it an acceptable part of the pop landscape. Lauper didn't follow through on the success of She's So Unusual, choosing to turn toward middle-of-the-road balladry and mainstream pop, but her first album remains a benchmark of the early '80s.
|Here And There||Pop, Rock|
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, Make-Up, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Pop and Rock
Adult Contemporary and Girl Groups/Boy Bands
Brass, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, and Trumpet