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13. Lauper Legend
on 30 April 2014
Ever since Cyndi Lauper first burst onto the scene, from her record-breaking debut album in 1983, to her Grammy and Tony Award-winning Broadway play "Kinky boots", her continuous work as a LGBT rights activist, as well as her current stint as a special guest on Cher's Dressed To Kill Tour, she has kept singing and dancing, with her unruly energy and nutty outfits, remaining just as strong today as she did back then. The 10 original songs are already familiar to those who have enjoyed them the first time around, but for new listeners who are familiar only with the hit singles, each of the songs are enjoyable in their own way. Here lies the enduring strength of this bright set of colorful numbers fusing pop, new wave, post-punk, reggae, and funk. Accompanied by Lauper's unique appearance and distinctive thin, girly voice, it helped popularize the image of punk and new wave for America and the rest of the world, influencing artists and listeners alike, and mark a whole new era for the pop landscape.
This groundbreaking album produced 4 Top 5 hits (a record for a woman at the time), earned Cyndi 2 Grammys, and went multi-platinum in many countries. To celebrate this iconic debut, this fantabulous anniversay edition comes with 2 CDs, including new remixes, live tracks, early demos and studio outtakes, and a 20-page booklet with previously unseen photos and a brand new essay from the co-author of Cyndi's autobiography. And, to top it all off, the show-stealer is a re-usable sticker set, with vinyl cut outs of Cyndi's outfits and accessories that can be arranged on a 3D fold-out backdrop of the bedroom featured in her "Girls just wanna have fun" video! It does not matter that the new remixes sound out of touch with the original set, or that songs of that period like "Goonies" and "What a thrill" are not included. This is an exquisite package, lovingly and carefully assembled down to the last detail. It remains a benchmark of the early '80s, and it is a perfect accompaniment for every '80s-enthusiast, fun-loving, fashion-fannatic.