Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cyndi Lauper Still Rockin at 57

She's so unusual.

It's not just that she has colorful hair and crazy wardrobe. It's not just the four octave range. It's not just the tireless fight for other people's civil rights. It's the combination of all the unusual and wonderful things. Since this is a movie site, enjoy Cyndi Lauper's movie themed numbers on her birthday today. And please note: Cyndi's new record "Memphis Blues" also debuts today.

She's now writing the music for the Broadway adaptation of the drag comedy Kinky Boots (2005). I wasn't crazy about that movie but it seems like a natural fit for a stage musical transfer. If anything it'll be way better given that Cyndi Lauper and Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein are involved.

Cyndi's Movie/TV songs

"Another Brick in the Wall" from a 1990 concert version of Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)

"Pee Wee's Playhouse" Theme Song (1986)... the greatest tv theme song of all time, yes? | "Slumdog Millionaire" Wyclef Jean ft. Cyndi Lauper (2009). Not from the movie obviously but aligned with as it were...

"Hole in My Heart" from Vibes (1988) | "Goonie R Good Enough" from The Goonies (1985)

"I Want a Mom That Will Last Forever" from Rugrats in Paris (2000) | "Here and There" from Here and There (2009, which she also starred in)

And I'm cheating on these final two videos in that they have no connection to the movies, but they're two of my all time favorite songs by her. They weren't mega hits or universally adored because the world doesn't make any sense.

"You Don't Know" from Sisters of Avalon (1996) | "I'm Gonna Be Strong" from both Blue Angel (1980) and 12 Deadly Cyns (1994)

Happy birthday Cyn'!


James T said...
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Glenn said...

After the obvious "Time After Time", "True Colors" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)" is my favourite Cyndi track!

James T said...

No "She Bop"???

Long live Cyndi!

And happy birthday to Meryl <3

OtherRobert said...

Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming were the only reasons to see the Threepenny Opera revival a few years back. I wish she would try to come back on stage, but I'll accept a Cyndi Lauper musical.


OtherRobert -- weirdly i didn't like Cumming in that show (even though I'm a fan) but Cyndi was something else. God, she was good in that show. No TONY nom, though. :(

Jason H. said...

Not to rain on the Cyndi parade, but it's Meryl Streep's birthday too.

And, apparently, in an attempt by the universe to balance all the awesomeness born today, it's Uwe Boll's birthday too.

Volvagia said...

I don't mean to be cruel but that last guy should get a heart attack in his sleep. (He sets back the possibility of a great video-game adaptation every year he's around, just by the fact that he's the one that's infamous for doing them.)