Posted in Press Releases on 23 January 2014
Music icon Cyndi Lauper will celebrate the anniversary of her groundbreaking, record-setting debut album with She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration - which will be released through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, on March 31st, 2014 and is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon now.
The iTunes deluxe will feature the original album, rare demos, live concert recording as well as remixes by some of today's hottest DJs and producers including NERVO, Bent Collective and Yolanda Be Cool. The collection will also be made available as a Standard version on iTunes (original re-mastered album and three new remixes) as well as a 1-LP vinyl (includes an insert for download of three new remixes).
In addition to rare and never-before-heard recordings, the physical deluxe edition includes an unusual surprise. The collection includes a reusable sticker set, including vinyl cut outs of Lauper's cutting-edge outfits and accessories - that can be arranged in different combinations on a 3D fold-out backdrop of the bedroom featured in her iconic "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" music video. Journalist and author Jancee Dunn, who worked with Lauper on her 2012 New York Times Best Selling autobiography, authored the detailed liner notes.
"I'm always looking forward, trying to do something that's new and different." said Cyndi Lauper. "But every once in a while it's good to look back and celebrate. I've always been proud of this album, with the statement we made and, most importantly, what it has meant to my fans, I want to thank them for all the years of support".
She's So Unusual, Lauper's debut solo album, is a colourful portrait of a unique and multifaceted talent. The album, produced by Rick Chertoff and featuring Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian of the Philadelphia band the Hooters, features some of Lauper's most well-known songs and perennial radio favourites including "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop," "Money Changes Everything," and "All Through the Night."
She's So Unusual made Lauper a household name and music history, making her the first female artist to have four Top 10 singles on a debut album. The release went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and won Lauper a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.
The album received kudos from all quarters. "Cyndi Lauper sounds like no other singer on the current scene," wrote Kurt Loder in his 1984 Rolling Stone review. "A wild and wonderful skyrocket of a voice. Lauper's extraordinary pipes connect with the right material, the results sound like the beginning of a whole new golden age." The album has influenced generations of boundary-pushing musicians since its release, evident in everything from the ska-infused punk of No Doubt, the attitude of P!nk, the infectious pop of Katy Perry, the fluorescent personality of Nicki Minaj and, of course, in Lady Gaga's fashion.
Lauper will attend this Sunday's Grammy Awards where she is nominated (her 15th nomination) for Best Musical Theatre Album for her work in the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," for which she received the Tony Award for Best Score. Lauper is also nominated alongside Madonna, John Mellencamp and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to join the Songwriter's Hall of Fame 2014 class - which will be announced this June.
One of the most inventive and compelling performers in pop history, Lauper is equally famed for her soaring vocal range, fiery personality and tireless advocacy work. The iconic performer has been celebrating a creative renaissance as of late. "Kinky Boots," the Broadway musical Lauper composed the music and lyrics for, opened last year to critical acclaim and went on to win six Tony Awards including Best Score for Lauper herself. In 2012 she released her New York Times Best Selling autobiography, "Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir." Written with journalist Jancee Dunn and published by Atria Books, the memoir details for the first time Lauper's tumultuous years growing up in Queens, the ups and downs of a career that has spanned over three decades, her conflicted feelings on fame and her advocacy of equality for all that led to the creation of her foundation, the True Colors Fund.
A multi-talented artist and one of music's most beloved icons, Lauper has racked up global record sales of over 50 million and has won countless awards, from a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony to numerous honours for her tireless activism. Lauper has released 11 studio albums, her most recent, the Grammy nominated "Memphis Blues" ruled the Billboard Blues chart for 14 consecutive weeks to become the best-selling Blues album of 2010. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards.
1. Money Changes Everything 5:06
2. Girls Just Want To Have Fun 3:55
3. When You Were Mine 5:06
4. Time After Time 4:03
5. She Bop 3:49
6. All Through The Night 4:33
7. Witness 3:40
8. I'll Kiss You 4:12
9. He's So Unusual 0:46
10. Yeah Yeah 3:16
1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (2013 Yolanda Be Cool Remix)
2. Time After Time (2013 Nervo Remix)
3. Time After Time (2013 Bent Collective Remix)
1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun 3:31 (Early Guitar Demo)
2. All Through The Night 5:21 (1982 rehearsal, with studio dialog)
3. Rules And Regulations 2:39 (1982 Rehearsal)
4. Money Changes Everything 5:06 (Demo)
5. Girls Just Want To Have Fun 3:21 (Demo)
6. Right Train, Wrong Track (Non LP B-Side) 4:40
7. Witness 3:40 (Live, Boston, 1984)
8. She Bop (1983 Arthur Baker Remix)
9. Time After Time 4:01 (Work In Progress Rough Mix)