"Music is everywhere and all we have to do is to listen" ~August Rush~
Sunday, May 23, 2010
SHE BOP ~ BY CYNDI LAUPER
"She Bop" was the third commercially released solo single by American singer Cyndi Lauper. I was considering leaving this one off the list after determining that its uniquely frank treatment of the rarely breached subject of female masturbation alone was not enough to qualify it as indispensable. However, upon further consideration, I wondered if my general bias against dance music could be playing too much of a part in that decision. So I'm going to include this track as not only an imaginatively and provocatively executed pop concept song but also as yet another showcase for Lauper's singular, off-kilter vocal style. In addition, it doesn't hurt that the synth groove is one of the best of the decade. The song was controversial, owing to lyrics that addressed masturbation. Lauper said she wanted little kids to think the song was about dancing, and to understand the real meaning as they got older. She never directly stated in the song what the meaning of the song was, so it could receive airplay. To date, 'She Bop' is Lauper's third-highest charting and third-most commercially successful single worldwide, after "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time".