Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s anthem “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” has earned an esteemed place in America’s finest drag shows over the last 14 years. Last weekend, the flamboyant redhead repaid the compliment by performing at a Gay Pride rally in New York City.
As diva of ceremonies, Lauper performed three songs, including the apropos “Disco Inferno,” originally recorded by the Trammps in 1977. The longtime gay pride advocate was backed on Sunday by a brilliant chorus line of drag queens, similar to the dashing beauties that have toured with Lauper in the past.
Following rousing renditions of “The Ballad of Cleo and Joe” and “I’m Gonna Be Strong,” Lauper left New York’s Bryant Park for her home and studio in Connecticut, where she is currently recording a Christmas album. With 7-month-old Declyn overseeing his mother’s creative process, Lauper has written a batch of original songs for the disc, spokesman Chris Luongo told JAMTV on Tuesday.
Merry Christmas and Have a Good Life will contain some standard holiday fare and will debut late this fall, Luongo said.
Meanwhile, Lauper’s babysitter will no doubt have her hands full as the celebrity mom prepares for yet another public appearance in New York tonight. The relatively toned-down singer will perform four or five songs at Milk Studios for a Night of Zero Tolerance event. The show will benefit Sanctuary for Families — a charity organization that provides legal services, job training, education and advocacy for battered women and their children.
In addition, Lauper spent a few hours at the VH1 studios in Manhattan yesterday taping a host session for the music video channel’s upcoming “History of Videos” special. She may host the mid-’80s segment — just a wild guess.