Music Mondays: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
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!
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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