"Music is everywhere and all we have to do is to listen" ~August Rush~
Saturday, May 15, 2010
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN ~ CYNDI LAUPER
Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was the first major single released by singer Cyndi Lauper as a solo artist. It gained renown as a feminist anthem, an award-winning video and a worldwide smash hit. It has been covered on either an album or in live concert by over 30 other artists. Nearly four years after she should have become a household name as lead singer of the short-lived Blue Angel, Lauper burst through with a vengeance as an orange-haired, free-spirited, strong female artist upon the release of this iconic song. Though its most obvious strength was its memorable video clip that spotlighted Lauper's striking but genuine image, the tune itself actually holds up very well as a classic '80s track despite its apparent slightness. Melodically, it's a soaring success, and Lauper's singing is remarkably transcendent throughout, pushing the single to No. 2 on the pop charts in late 1983. The single reached number one in over ten countries, as well as reaching the Top 10 in over fifteen different countries. It reached number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and Norway, and number two in the United Kingdom and the United States. illian G. Gaar, author of She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll (2002), described the single and corresponding video as a "strong feminist statement", an "anthem of female solidarity" and a "playful romp celebrating female camaraderie.