Just over 13 years ago, two wildly-dressed New York-based women made their top of the pops debut on the same show. Madonna thrust her midriff into the camera and warbled ‘Holiday’, quickly followed by Cyndi Lauper cavorting around the studio declaring, ‘Girls just wanna have fun’.
And where are they now ? Madonna is an icon and award winning actress, probably the most famous female entertainer in the world. Cyndi, on the other hand, is an intermittent hitmaker at best, still plugging her wares on Saturday morning skits with Trev and Simon.
Cyndi’s big problem has always been consistency. Whereas Madonna has seemingly always had her finger on the worlds pop pulse, Cyndi tends to throw too much into the mix. For ever glorious moment like ‘Time after Time’ or ‘I drove all night’ there’s been a corresponding unlistenable aberration like ‘The world is stone’ or her horrific cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s going on’.
‘Sisters of Avalon’ is yet another eclectic Lauper lucky bag, where the tired gospel of the title track rubs shoulders with the cool folk of ‘Hot gets a little cold’, where the Garbage-esque ‘Love to hate’ slinks alongside the power balladry of ‘Say a prayer’. Such variety may be laudable, but the album suffers from an identity crisis, as if Cyndi’s just strung together scizophrenic leftovers from a few years worth of sessions.
She’s undoubtedly a better singer than Madonna, frequently a more inspired songwriter, and she could have been an even better pop star. Instead, she’s settled for being half a dozen average ones.
Score: 6 out of 10
NO PREGNANT PAUSES:
In 1983,when she burst on the pop scene in Day-Glo hair, declaring that “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper instantly became a liberating voice for her sorority fans. Now, 44 and pregnant with her first child (due in November), Lauper is once again showing her true colors as a stalwart preformer. In April she released her fifth studio album, Sisters Of Avalon (Epic).
And on Aug.2 she finished a vigorous three-month stint as Tina Turner’s opening act-despite morning sickness and an ever-expanding waistline. “Being pregnant is like an ongoing science project,” muses Lauper, who has been married since 1991 to David Thornton, a TV and film actor. “Your body’s always changing, and you think,’Okay what’s in store today ?’ ”
WHAT’S THE WORST PART ABOUT BEING PREGNANT ?
People touching my stomach for good luck all the time.I want to say: “Excuse me. Do I look like the Happy Buddah ? This is not Aladdin’s lamp, and a genie is NOT going to pop out of here.” At least not now, anyway.
DID YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT PERFORMING IN YOUR CONDITION ?
I asked, and my doctor said it would actually be even more stressful for me not to do what I normally do. Lying down all day and doing nothing — THAT would kill me.
DO YOU WEAR MATERNITY CLOTHES ?
I don’t wear them ever.I have things made to shape my body. I went to a stripper place in LA called Trashy Lingerie for a couple of things. But I’m not interested in maternity clothes until they start making clothes women can feel pretty in and not like they are wearing a potato sack.
HAVE YOU SELECTED A NAME YET ?
No. This kid’s going to be born and we’ll still be discussing names. You want something poetic and nice, maybe a famous artist’s name,not some weird hippie name.Name books are sort of cheesy.I’m still learning.
WOULD YOU WANT YOUR SON TO BE A MUSICIAN ?
Of course.That’s a real job. isn’t it ?