Released:

Oct. 14, 1983


Rating:

4.059 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre:

pop


Quotable:

“One of the great new wave/early MTV records.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


Album Tracks:

  1. Money Changes Everything
  2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  3. When You Were Mine
  4. Time after Time
  5. She Bop
  6. All Through the Night
  7. Witness
  8. I’ll Kiss You
  9. He’s So Unusual
  10. Yeah Yeah

Sales (in millions):

6.0
0.1
--
16.0


Peak:

4
16


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun (10/18/83) #2 US, #2 UK, #16 AR, #80 RB, sales: 1.0 m
  • Time after Time (12/17/83) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 AC, #10 AR, sales: 0.5 m, airplay: 2.0 m
  • She Bop (2/17/84) #3 US, #46 UK, #27 AR, sales: 0.5 m
  • All Through the Night (5/28/84) #4a US, #64 UK, #4 AC, #38 AR
  • Money Changes Everything (7/20/84) #23a US, #37 AR

Notes:

The 2000 reissue adds live versions of “Money Changes Everything,” “She Bop,” and “All Through the Night.”


Awards:


She’s So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper

Review:

“If Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual evokes memories dominated mostly by her cartoonish image, then try to get over it so you can pay attention to the music.” BB “The title of Lauper’s debut isn't self-deprecating or even self-parodying; it’s self-congratulatory. Listen to it again, and you'll find this pleasure to be far from guilty.” BB The album is “one of the great new wave/early MTV records,” STE “a giddy mix of self-confidence, effervescent popcraft, unabashed sentimentality, subversiveness, and clever humor. In short, it’s a multifaceted portrait of a multifaceted talent, an artist [who’s] far more clever than her thin, deliberately girly voice would indicate.” STE “Her vocals have an impish quality, but there’s also tremendous strength, articulation, and nuance.” BB

“Lauper’s voice suits her musical persona, since its chirpiness adds depth, or reconfigures the songs whether it’s the call to arms of Girls Just Want to Have Fun or the tearjerking Time After Time.” STE The former went top 10 in 19 countries and hit #1 in 10 countries. WK while the latter hit the top ten in 15 countries. WK “Time” has been covered by everyone from Everything But the Girl to Miles Davis, “if you need further proof of her credibility.” BB

The front half of the album is dominated by the singles whether it be the “longing” BB All Through the Night or “intense” BB She Bop. Lauper became the first female singer to land four top 5 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100. WK

Unusual “is astonishing in its consistency, so strong that it makes the remaining tracks – all enjoyable, but rather pedestrian – charming by their association with songs so brilliantly alive.” STE “The instrumental arrangements are quite inventive and rich, and although the musicality is pointedly ‘80s, the album sounds more winsome than dated.” BB

“If Lauper couldn't maintain this level of consistency, it’s because this captured her persona better than anyone could imagine – when a debut captures a personality so well, let alone a personality so tied to its time, the successive work can’t help but pale in comparison. Still, when it’s captured as brightly and brilliantly as it is here, it does result in a debut that retains its potency, long after its production seems a little dated.” STE

Not surprisingly, Lauper won The Grammy for Best New Artist on the strength of this album. She also took home the prize for Best Recording Package and earned nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year (“Girls”), Song of the Year (“Time”), and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Girls”). “Girls” was also named Best Female Video of the Year by MTV and was nominated for Video of the Year.


Review Source(s):


Related DMDB Link(s):

Cyndi Lauper’s DMDB music maker encyclopedia entry


Girls Just Want to Have Fun (video)


Time after Time (video)


She Bop (video)


All Through the Night (live video)


Money Changes Everything (video)


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Last updated January 6, 2012.