Cyndi Lauper — “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
(from She’s So Unusual) — Girls Just Want to Have Fun - She's So Unusual (Remastered)

In ways too multiple to enumerate, Lauper was the original Lady GaGa. And, in much the same way that GaGa’s garishness and excess often distracts from the fact that she can be quite a potent performer, Lauper let herself get boxed in for far too long in the early days of her career by her wacky-chick shtick. (Only time will tell if Gags will be able to diversify her Day-Glowing discography as handsomely in the years to come as Lauper has managed to.) Watching those misbegotten misfits Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj stumble over themselves mangling this magnificent tune during last weekend’s painfully overbaked VH1 Divas special reminded me not only of what a pristinely perfect pop record “Girls” was, is, and always will be, but also of how easy Lauper made brilliant look.

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