Music Mondays: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back in the 1980s, there was a fresh new face on the music scene! Cyndi Lauper debuted her solo career with this instant classic!

It was so fun, fresh, and now that the day after I first saw that video I danced down to the record store in the mall and bought the album! Yes, a vinyl record!

When my mother first heard the song she said “they had to know it would be a hit!”

 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was written by Robert Hazard from a male point of view. Cyndi changed the lyrics a little (with Hazard’s permission) and turned it into a cheerful feminist anthem about female independence and living her life by her rules!

I became a Cyndi fan immediately! I still am.

So, let’s get the party started!



Here is the original video!




Ah, the 80s. The last fun decade.

That’s Cyndi’s real-life mom playing, well, her Mom, and wrestler Captain Lou Albano playing her Dad, and singer Steve Forbert playing her boyfriend at the end. That ending scene has a Marx Brothers like twist, right?

It’s such a fun video and great song! Nothing better than that!

Right Tina?



Cyndi had several other hits on her debut album and deservingly won the Best New Artist Grammy. Cyndi accepting her Grammy:


Only Cyndi would bring Hulk Hogan on stage with her. But her Mom’s in the audience looking thrilled. 

There is a great article on this song at The Atlantic.

The biggest hit was the follow up, "Time After Time", a song that Cyndi co-wrote. This song went to number one for two weeks! 

The video, of course, included many members of Cyndi's family and her friends.

The video was shot mostly in New Jersey: Roxbury Township (the now defunct Tom's Diner), Wharton (outside shots), and the train station in Morristown (got to get those Jersey plugs in!) 


Cyndi is still going strong! She won a Tony Award last year for her musical score to “Kinky Boots”! 


This is the very talented cast performing one of Cyndi's songs from the show at the Tony Awards: 


Have a musical week! 




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24 comments:

  1. I've always like Cyndi Lauper, too. Girls Want to Have Fun IS fun. Time After Time is another great one. I wasn't familiar with Kinky Boots, but I liked that one, too.

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    1. Yes, I love Cyndi, she's always interesting to watch!

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  2. Thanks for this great post about Cyndi Lauper! I remember all of her songs and the 80s in general, very well. Cheers! :)

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  3. Wow Cyndi Lauper! I'm so glad you featured her. It's been awhile and I have never seen her ever since becoming a fan of hers in high school. It's good to see her again.

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    1. Cyndi is really doing very well these days. She's a talented musician!

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  4. I remember when Cyndi Lauper debuted Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. It was so electric and fun. Even to this day it makes me happy to hear and definitely causes me to rise to my feet to boogie. What a fabulous way to get the new week under way! Great to have you on the dance floor with the 4M crew, lady! Have a tunetastic week!!

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    1. Girls Just Want to Have Fun makes me happy! It's a liberating, lighthearted song!

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  5. I was a big fan of hers I also bought Girls Just Want To Have Fun on vinyl single too brings back some fab memories

    Have a laupertastic week ;-)

    PS: the birds seem to like it too heheh!

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    1. I had such fun buying vinyl records! The 70s and 80s were a fun time music-wise!

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  6. Love Love Love Cyndi Lauper she is a true talent and a wonderful performer.

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  7. Love Cyndi. Brings back a lot of memories.

    Can't wait to see KInky Boots as it is now here in S.F. Woo Hoo.

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  8. My middle sis and I would dance to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. My oldest sister is very serious like my parents, and told us we looked like idiots. We didn't care!
    My middle sister and I are very close, as if we were twins born 3 years apart. (She's three years older.) She's been my confidante and when I was growing up, my salvation. She's the one I first came out to. I was in tears and saying that something was horribly wrong with me. She told me there was nothing wrong with me. It saved my life.
    Cyndi Lauper is a wonderful person as well as being a quirky and funny musician and actress. I love her!

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    1. I love Cyndi. She has a big heart!

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with you! I'm sure that you are a kind, caring person. Your middle sister sounds like a terrific person, too!

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  9. I'm a big Cindi Lauper fan too so these were my favorites - but have you seen Cindi's performance at the White House yet? Omg, here she is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFape89kEww - she really rocked out the house, I just love her. Thanks for this great line up of her songs. You really got me movin' this Monday with one of my favorite artists. Thanks!

    Enjoy the video and have yourself a fantastic week!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm off to check it out right now!

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  10. I love Cyndi Lauper too. I did not know she did Kinky Boots! I would like to see the musical as I have heard some of the music before.
    What a fun post you have today!

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  11. She's awesome. she's always been awesome. Time after Time is one of the greatest songs. LOVE

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    1. Yes, it's a beautiful song. She is awesome.

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  12. GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN has been my theme song for many years now! She is an awesome performer for sure. Thanks for the great pics and joining us for sure! :)

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