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Original Cyn

It’s pop quiz time. Here are three statements about CYNDI LAUPER – but which one is false?

A. Cyndi Lauper is 55 years old
B. Al Green was the minister for Cyndi’s marriage to David Thornton
C. Her son’s middle name is Wallace – after William Wallace
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The answer is B. (Little Richard actually presided over their wedding)

Ageing has always been more of a hindrance to the careers of female rock stars than their male counterparts, so it’s heartening to realise there are mature ladies out there who have managed to survive in such an prejudiced, ruthless industry.

Exhibit A is Cyndi Lauper. At the peak of her fame in the 80s, she was the most girlishly joyful of pop heroines and even today she is still railing against the stereotypical descent into ‘maturity’ expected as recently as the previous paragraph.

This is an artist who has created some truly legendary songs – the irresistible euphoria of Girls Just Want To Have Fun, the quiet reflection of Time After Time and True Colours. It is also commonly forgotten that I Drove All Night was a worldwide hit for Cyndi a full three years before Roy Orbison’s version came out.

Often she comes across as Madonna’s eccentric sister, with an exaggerated sense of merriment, wild hair and manic dancing. Even her thick Brooklyn accent is vaguely comical.

Although it has been a while since she last bothered the charts, it’s not just nostalgia that makes us excited about Cyndi’s return to Scotland – it’s a rare opportunity to hear some truly classic pop music played live.

4 Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
4 Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

b October 16, Carling Academy, Glasgow (tickets)

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