Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual" LP (1983)
Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual" LP (1983)
Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual" LP (1983)
Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual" LP (1983)
Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual" LP (1983)
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Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual" LP (1983)

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Details: Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual," can be harder to find nowadays in decent condition. This is the Pitman pressing, and comes with its original inner sleeve. The inner sleeve has tearing and fold marks, and the cover has edge-wear, noticeable on all sides and the opening. The record media has a light scuff across two tracks on Side 2. The vinyl has been cleaned and plays well on both sides. See images for more. Speaking of 'She's So Unusual'--how interesting and unusual to have four songs on Side 1, and six songs on Side 2!

Description: "One day in the late ‘70s, a pre-fame Cyndi Lauper was working one of her shifts at McCrory Stores in Brooklyn. It was a dreary, stormy day. Installed in front of the store’s large ground floor windows, she watched “the rain pour down and bounce off the bus shelter by the corner and up off the sidewalk,” as she later wrote in her 2012 memoir. Out of that gray vista emerged a particular woman, who entered the store and immediately caught Lauper’s eye. The singer recalled “her platinum hair tied up in a tall French knot in the back and curled in the front. And a kerchief with a pink and red floral print, framing those high curls in the front and her face. She wore a bright, cobalt-blue raincoat and had on the prettiest bright pink lipstick too.” In awe, Lauper told her, “Wow, you look great,” to which, the woman replied, “I always wear my brightest colors on the darkest days.”

Not many years on, when Lauper showed up for the cover shoot for her 1983 debut album on Coney Island—dressed in a dazzlingly red outfit, her wrists weighted with bracelets and her hair a fiery orange—she remembered that woman. Standing in a piss-spattered, burnt-out alley in her fishnet stockings, she thinks, “In the darkest place, shed the brightest light.”

Just like that, She’s So Unusual arrived radiant and luminous 35 years ago [2018]. Neither age nor time, though, have dulled its color, confidence, and craft. It still scintillates, not least for its four brassy top-five singles (the first time a female artist scored such a coup), including the plaintive “Time After Time,” and of course, the effervescent “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” On the charts, the record rubbed shoulders with a chiefly male crowd of rock balladeers, heavy metal upstarts, and new wave haircuts—a pop anomaly for its whimsy and self-possession, its heavily female-centered content (from its title to singles like “Girls” and “She Bop”), and its singular style. Appropriately for a work titled She’s So Unusual, its sleeve duly demonstrated its maker’s arty idiosyncrasy, carving Lauper a class of her own, separate from her contemporaries such as Bonnie Tyler, Linda Ronstadt, or yes, Madonna. In an industry bordered by rigorous guidelines on how female pop stars should look, dress, and be packaged, her debut cover sold neither face nor sex, but hue and energy that defied plain categorization.

Lauper was assiduous about the look of her first cover; her decisions made in the name of light and color. With art director Janet Perr, she picked out a location on Coney Island, a wax museum with a storefront saturated with bold primary colors. “I knew that blue and red would pop out, like a strobe,” she recalled in 2014. With stylist Laura Wills, at vintage store Screaming Mimi’s (where she also worked), she put together an ensemble, an olio of bodice, flared skirt, fishnet stockings, and an abundance of accessories that was individual and vibrant in its disarray. Even the soles of her shoes were not spared: they were gessoed with images of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night." - Min Chen, Proxy Music (READ MORE: https://proxymusic.club/2018/10/14/cyndi-laupers-shes-so-unusual-cover)

Grade: VG (Cover) / VG+ (Record)

TRACK LISTING SIDE A:

A1. Money Changes Everything
A2. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
A3. When You Were Mine
A4. Time After Time

TRACK LISTING SIDE B:

B1. She Bop
B2. All Through The Night
B3. Witness
B4. I'll Kiss You
B5. He's So Unusual
B6. Yeah Yeah