There’s hardly anyone on earth more awesome than Cyndi Lauper. Just look at her back in the 80s with that hair and the clothes pins all over. She’s like old school-Madonna’s quirky, unslutty little sister with a much better singing voice. She’s on The Goonies soundtrack, twice. And she basically rules.
Jump ahead a few decades and Cyndi is still wacky, if somewhat more mainstream … still singing, still touring, and recently Tony-nominated for composing the score to Broadway’s new darling, Kinky Boots.
To mark the 30th anniversary of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” … one of the greatest pop songs ever … some of Cyndi’s friends surprised her by putting together a pretty awful, but still touching video of them lip syncing to the song.
The video includes the basic list of middle-aged, New York hams: Kelly Ripa, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Katie Couric, Kathie Lee and Hoda, plus lots of Broadway people, presumably Cyndi’s friends, but no one outside that realm recognizes them.
The Whoopster was grumpily good-natured, as always. Kathie Lee and Hoda should have had a few more glasses of wine, because they’re pretty stiff … but Kelly and Katie do themselves proud. Overall, it goes on about twice as long as it needed to, but it’s a nice gesture celebrating a kickass song.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the original “Girls” video. Keep in mind that this was the early 80s: Michael Jackson was moon-walking, Flashdance and Return of the Jedi were in the theaters, MTV was still young, everything was gaudy, and everyone was snorting tons of cocaine.
The video was perfect. It hit the fucking nail right on the head, because it captured, very simply, girls having fun. They aren’t trying to be dangerous or sexy or ironic. Just having fun … despite Captain Lou Albano’s best efforts to spoil it. Cyndi dance-walks through the streets of New York, with that crazy hair, waving around her big flouncy skirt like a bag lady Carmen Miranda, without the slightest hint of self-consciousness. It’s perfect.