Sparked to attention by Bingo’s provocation on the guilty pleasures thread with his “Surely amongst the least Afterword-friendly artists imaginable, and yet… responsible for some amazing tunes”, I thought, surely not Cyndi? She’s so great (as well as unusual) and has trailed her own career path right into her 60s. Her quirky associations with WWF and her long and strong support for LGTB are just two indicators of her willingness to go her own way, and that openness floods out in many of her songs, which is why I think they connect to so many people.
A quick check and it turns out there is AW support for La Lauper. Twang reviewed her last album (of country songs), signing off with “But who doesn’t like Cyndi Lauper?” Of course there was a dissenting voice, but also a fair few assenting ones too.
Her hit singles always stand up fresh to replaying, taking me back to the time when I first heard them. But they are well known, so I’ll put below a few less frequently played songs from through her career to start off the lovefest, (in case anyone wants to join in).