Cyndi Lauper says that despite what you might have heard, her career is not dead

CYNDI LAUPER, for those of you with very short memories, was the pop music sensation of 1984. She was nominated for numerous Grammy Awards for her album She’s So Unusual and for her song “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Her daffy charm made her one of the early darlings of the original MTV Generation, and her mutlicolored hair and mismatched thrift-shop wardrobe spawned legions of imitators.

Her new album, Twelve Deadly Cyns, is a greatest-hits collection that also features some new songs, including a new arrangement of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” She thinks her music is better than ever, despite the career glitch she hit in the late eighties. (“They tried to sell me in the easy-listening Prozac radio stations, but my music was not easy for them to listen to. I said the hell with this and had a little revolution. I won.”)

She thinks people are hung up on her image and her offbeat style. (“They’ve got a problem that I dye my hair and dress funny. They always wanted to change me from day one.”) She feels, in retrospect, that her public image was indeed a fair representation of the real Cyndi. (“It’s hard enough to be yourself, let alone somebody else.”) Nowadays she colors her hair scrambled-eggs yellow. Her makeup is toned down. (“I do believe that less is more.”)

She is fond of wearing fringes, fishnet, leopard spots, tiger stripes, and polka dots. She tawks, in a high-pitched voice, with a Betty Boop Brooklyn-Queens accent. She is still girlish, and refuses to discuss her age. (“This country is hung up about age, which I relate to being hung up about death and sex. I figure, when they ask a woman who does stuff how old she is, it’s like they want to kick the tires and see if the chassis is still good.”)

She was born on June 20, l953, at Boulevard Hospital, in Astoria, Queens. (“My mother’s doctor was a sexist idiot who kept telling her she was fine, but then her water broke. She nearly had me in a cab. At the hospital, the illustrious doctor wasn’t ready. I started to come out, but he closed my mother’s legs on my head. I must have really been pissed off. Ever since then, I’ve been a little late.”)

She spent her first four years in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. She loved living across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard and a train trestle. (“It was magical, like a book–all those people from far-away places. Sailors, Hasidic Jews, Spanish people, Italian people, Irish, German. They all looked really exotic to me. I remember sitting and thinking that the gate to the Navy Yard looked like a castle.”)

Her family then moved to Ozone Park, Queens. She mistakenly thought it was a move to upscale Long Island. (“I wasn’t so good at geography.”) She says her home life was not what one would call stable. (“I lived in a nut house: my mother and father had a turbulent relationship. My mother and stepfather also had a turbulent relationship.”)

Her school years were rough. (“I was considered a slow child because I have dyslexia and read slowly. I never did my homework.”) She dreamed of going to Music and Art High School but settled for a fashion school. (“I flunked everything. Then they put me in a class for ‘nonachieving geniuses.’ But I flunked that, too. Afterward, I went to four different high schools. I was seventeen and still had three more years to go. So I said forget it and quit.”)

She always wanted to sing, but was discouraged by everyone. (“They said, ‘You can’t do that. Somebody’s got to clean the fish.'”) She was a horse walker at Belmont Park. She worked at a kennel in Vermont. She went to art college, but fantasized about singing. She eventually landed a gig as a background singer. (“All of a sudden my world changed: I didn’t look odd any more. I was where I was supposed to be, I guess.”)

She lives in Connecticut and Manhattan with a dog, three cats, and her husband of three years, actor David Thornton. (“He tells me I’m a tough guy, like Karl Malden in On the Waterfront.”) She has tried acting herself, and was nominated for an Emmy last year for her guest role on Mad About You. She blames an acting job–in the unreleased film Off and Running–for her worst haircut. (“They told me I was gonna look like Louise Brooks or Sophia Loren. I looked like Marco Polo.”)

She believes manners count, but admits that she can be quite rude in the wrong circumstances. (“If somebody is very arrogant, I give them the business. If they don’t want to sit next to me, I make sure I sit next to them and then I turn into the slobbiest eater, spill water, and become a real thorn in their side.”) She is ticked off by stupidity. (“Of course, I’m a little stupid myself.”) She admits to having engaged in fisticuffs, but is not proud of it. (“The circumstances were not good. I changed my environment immediately.”)

She says that, her video experiences notwithstanding, she is no hoofer. (“You call that dancing? I would be kind and call it ‘movement’!”) She is heavily into computers. (“It really helped me because being dyslexic, I had a great fear of writing and couldn’t read fast or aloud well. I felt nervous and sounded like a dummy. With the computer, I can write treatments for my videos. I can make the print size big and correct the spelling and, because I can read it, I don’t have fear.”)

Her favorite bagel is raisin (“With fish action, like salmon spread. It’s very exotic. When I was a kid, we never had fish in the morning.”) She confesses to being hooked on sugar but tries to drink protein shakes; she mixes in cranberry juice, banana, prune juice, and blueberries. (“The [shake’s] natural flavor is hideous.”)

She has brass beds in both Connecticut and New York. She sleeps in the nude, except in cold weather, when she wears a long-sleeved pajama top. (“If I want to arouse my husband, that’s different. I wear something like black stockings, and I pretend, ‘Oooh, I forgot to take them off!'”)

She sometimes tosses and turns, especially when she’s away from David. (“Then I usually fall asleep watching an old movie. I’ve been watching them since I was eight, a lot of Bette Davis. I just loved the women in those really funny clothes. I think I was born out of an old movie.”)


CYNDI LAUPER – “Who is Madonna?”

Unquiet, graceful, ironical and, for moments, severe like a executive secretary, showed HERself the godness of POP in HER recent visit in Chile. CYNDI LAUPER is a combination of all this and much more. With HER voice of an animated cartoon, was much clear that about rock, CYNDI has much to down. The creator of songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” or “True Colors” said that for a woman, was really difficult to be someone in this maler world of rock. What SHE did to enter in equality of conditions was create HER own band and work alone. Was tired of pull down HER head before the men’s decision.

Of Chile, said that remember of the sky and the ground, because in the dark time, was the only thing that SHE remember of HER first visit, and SHE knows that Chile is full of people who like very much of HER. Said that is a mutual feeling.

CYNDI is very thin, wear shoes with high heels with trousers that make to see till more HER legs. HER hair can be seen of meters of distance, per the color “canary-yellow”, ordered in “ones” that aren’t tresses. Tell that was original since HER birth, in Brooklyn, New York. Since SHE was a little child, SHE paint, writes poesy and sing. At twelve years old, already composed and played guitar in folk style. Being out of the college, created the band Blue Angel, and with them, recorded a disc in 1980 that included the songs “Maybe He’ll Know” that SHE put lately in HER album “True Colors”.

The big debut of CYNDI LAUPER was in 1984 with “She’s So Unusual”, that sold more than 15 millions of copies in all the world. The sucess followed in ’86 with “True Colors” and after the recess, in 1990 continued with “A Night To Remember”. In our country, came to present HER new disc “Twelve Deadly Cyns”…and then some, that has 16 songs, that between them, surpass “Hey Now” that is a new version of the classic “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. And CYNDI says that follow being a girl that just want to have fun and to fun HER fans.

I am my rival
Very much transgressor is you CYNDI… How do you combine this condition with the much established of your marriage? With love. My husband loves me, for this that he don’t be afraid when he wake each day with a different woman… is to say, that’s me, what happen is that frequently wear my hair and my “look” without the shorter advice. That’s why I like my husband… everything in me, he likes. Well, that’s what he said me always.

I’m not so transgressor. I like to have the things in their place. All the things. For example a song, a combination of good themes in a show, a good actor in a movie… a husband that is a good lover… all these things.

Why do you use this hairdressing ?
Did I ask to you when did you cut your hair the last time or when did you decide that your hairdressing that you use fall good in you ?… no ? So, why do you ask to me ? I have my reason for comb me this way…

Which are ?
My love for the painting. Since I was a little child, I have a big love for the plastic, before I paint, soon I did photography, for all that has a combination of colors, of textures, of materials of various types in the same work, touch me. I had wanted to be a painter, paint when I have time, for this I don’t paint very much.

Is that true that Madonna is your big rival ?
Who is Madonna ? Didn’t come with me. No, in reality she isn’t my rival neither my friend. Isn’t nothing. Don’t interest me to talk about her. The only rival that I have is myself., overall when I don’t get a good recording as I want or if I lost the lights in one of my shows… In reality can’t exist a rival of mine bigger than myself.