The Queen Cyndi Lauper

WHAT MUSIC DO YOU CURRENTLY GROOVE TO ?

I’m excited by this new CD Drums & Bass. I love anything rhythym-orientated. When I need to zone out I listen to the first Tricky record. I like Massive Attack, and Sponge, who have this great song called Wax Ecstatic: it’s rock but not in the sense of old rock and roll, it has a sense of manic urgency. Alice in Chains- the chords, rhythm and dissonance are so brilliant.

I like old jazz sometimes, and Celia Cruz. And Dr. Dre’s new band. Don’t know the name but the video was fabulous-Dr Dre dressed up like the Pope in Day of the Dead make up, and the guy from Cypres Hill dressed like a golden devil, and they’re playing chess. And The Prodigy ! Fabulous ! and I’ve just discovered Skunk Anansie-I love stuff that pushes the envelope. And I like En Vogue, Don’t let go, and that MC Lyte song; I like the party that rocks the body….

WHAT IF PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE ALBUM ?

Joni Mitchell’s Misses, for the song Case of you. Maybe the Tricky record. And Coolio. And Peter Gabriel’s So, that song Mercy Street is so wonderful.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST RECORD YOU BOUGHT & WHERE DID YOU BUY IT ?

The Beatles’ PS I love you. This girl Adrienne, in my 4th grade class, I went to her birthday party. I bought it for her at the candy store where they sold 45s, in Queens,New York. I speak the Queens english, Ha Ha.

WHICH MUSICIAN (OTHER THAN YOURSELF) HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE ?

When I was a kid I was trouble. Whatever I last watched on TV is how I acted. Everyone said “What an actress”. I thought I was nuts.

WHAT DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER ?

If I’m feeling wacky I’ll sing some wacky shit. Sometimes an old blues song, or a girl group thing. This morning I didn’t sing, I was moaning, I was up at five.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SATURDAY NIGHT RECORD ?

Right now it’s jungle music, & Firestarted by the Prodigy.

AND YOUR FAVORITE SUNDAY MORNING RECORD ?

Tricky, Sponge, Cypress Hill & Tupac, except when I listen now it makes me sad, though the rhythm and sound is out of this world. The lyrical harshness, the poetry, is realistic and I understand it. But it makes me feel opressed the way women are talked about. I know so many gifted, wonderful women of colour that should be raised up and not pushed down. It’s the kick the dog syndrome.

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