The Story Behind the Cover – She’s So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper

Design by Janet Perr

The primary color-rich cover of Lauper’s debut perfectly caught her bubbly persona.

“Cyndi kept saying how she wanted peeling paint and walls that looked distressed,” recalls designer Janet Perr, “and I thought Coney Island. I knew that there were a lot of abandoned, boarded up buildings there. And of course, because it was by the beach, the lighting would be really beautiful.

“We were on the boardwalk with a boom box, and Cyndi had on a great vintage dress, and she was dancing with her shoes off. She was really like that – flouncy and jumping around – and I think that really came out in the photo shoot.”

Annie Leibovitz snapped Lauper in a pose like a new wave marionette.

The result: 16 million albums sold and a Grammy for design to Perr. “It was a great thing for me,” Perr recalls, “because the Rolling Stones called the week after.”
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Cyndi Lauper’s new Broadway musical ‘Kinky Boots

Have you heard the one about the drag queen and the shoemaker? Those are the central characters in the cult 2005 British comedy Kinky Boots, the latest movie to get the Broadway jazz-hand treatment. With music and lyrics by ’80s pop star Cyndi Lauper and a book by Newsies‘ Harvey Fierstein, the eccentric transatlantic export is set to head to the Great White Way in spring 2013 — but you don’t have to wait until then to hear what Lauper has up her legwarmer!

EW has an exclusive first listen of “Sex Is in the Heel,” the first song released from Lauper’s debut theatrical score. The song will be available for free download starting June 22 at 10:30 a.m. on the show’s official website. If you prefer a live rendition, Lauper will perform the song at this Sunday’s New York Pride Parade (where she’ll serve as Grand Marshal). Get your first earful of a remixed version of “Sex” below!

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In Kinky Boots, a sassy drag queen named Lola becomes the unlikely savior for Charlie Price, a shoemaker whose family business is falling flat. Lola shakes things up when she sashays into Charlie’s life and inspires him to transform his shoe line into fetish footwear for transvestites, revitalizing both the business and the entire community.
Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde) will direct and choreograph the show, which will play Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre from October 2 through Nov. 4, 2012, in anticipation of a Broadway opening in 2013.

Cyndi was Correct During a Conversation with Mr. Trump

One of our readers just sent an interesting e-mail in regards to a conversation between Donald Trump and Cyndi during the Celebrity Apprentice. Most of you probably remember when Mr. Trump corrected Cyndi’s sentence. Here in an interesting explanation that one of our female readers wrote:

I heard Mr. Trump correct you on the show last Sunday night when you said, “I feel bad….” I think you should tell him HE WAS WRONG! YOU WERE RIGHT. See below.

Bad vs. Badly
Often I hear the word “badly” used incorrectly. For example, “I feel badly for him because he didn’t make the cut.” Most grammarians believe that this statement is incorrect. In this case bad is an adjective that we use with the linking verbs: feel, is, seems, looks, or appears.

To feel badly implies that your sense of touch is not right. When you are referring to a sense of touch, then badly is used as an adverb describing the verb to feel or touch.

The correct way to say the sentence is, “I feel bad for him because he didn’t make the cut.”


Cyndi Signs With Downtown Records

Cyndi has signed a new contract witho Downtown Records. Her new upcoming album Memphis Blues will be released on CD and LP June 22, 2010.

Downtown Records is owned and operated by Downtown Music LLC. Music on the Downtown label is distributed by Universal Music and Atlantic Records. Some of the artists that are under the label include Crookers, Miike Snow, Santigold and Gnarls Barkley.

Cyndi Lauper New Album Coming in June

Cyndi announced the title of her new studio album on during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres yesterday. The album is called Memphis Blues and will be schedule for release on Cyndi’s birthday, which happens on June 22, 2010.

Collaborations with some of the biggest names in blues music. She has been working with Ann Peebles and record producer Allen Toussaint.