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Cyndi Lauper getting involved in pro wrestling and managing Wendi


Cyndi Lauper was a club singer from New York who had recently made it big with a hit record in the charts. It’s not clear who came up with the idea (perhaps Lauper’s manager Dave Wolf), but one evening out of the blue she turned-up on a WWF television show where an altercation broke out between her and long-time wrestler/personality, Lou Albano.

After several weeks of of this routine and a lot of hype on MTV, they decided to settle their differences in the ring. Of course Lauper had no intentions of wrestling Albano so she needed a stand-in. This angle gave birth to the so-called “Rock & Wrestling” connection. Richter would represent Cyndi Lauper against Albano’s stand-in, “The Fabulous Moolah”, for the world title in Madison Square Garden.

The WWF had promoted women wrestlers on numerous occasions but never as headliners. Nevertheless, for the first time in memory a girl wrestler was being billed as a main attraction by a major promotion. This stroke put women’s pro wrestling back on the map, and culminated in Richter being crowned WWF world champion after defeating Moolah. Richter’s popularity and marketability mushroomed and the WWF took advantage by promoting her heavily. However, as in the past, things would change.

The introduction of cable television would change the landscape of pro wrestling and create the super promotions that basically control wrestling to this day. As far as women’s pro wrestling is concerned, it’s been an on-again, off-again affair. Richter, a major star, went on to defend her lady’s title for another two years but the WWF, as it had in the past, began to phase the girls out of the picture. In a dispute with WWF about the direction of its women’s division, Richter decided to leave and jobbed the title to Moolah, masquerading as a wrestler called the Spider. Ironically, this ridiculous story-line also signaled the end of Moolah’s storied career as a wrestler. Richter left the WWF and moved on to various promotions, eventually winding up with the AWA, Verne Gagne’s ailing promotion out of Minnesota.

Cyndi Lauper Interview

An Interview with Cyndi Lauper By Michael Lano and Evan Ginzburg

At the top of the today’s charts is Cyndi Lauper, who helped give Hogan and McMahon credibility and attention by participating in the Rock and Wrestling Connection. She originally sang for the [Other] group Blue Angel. Although she was one of the top celebs at the We Are The World taping.after going multiplatinum with her debut album, She’s So Unusual , U.S. sales skidded for one of the best singers in the business. She’s recently made an amazing comeback. Mike Lano and Evan Ginzburg interviewed her after she cut the opening day ribbon at Virgin Records’ S.F. store on 8/17/95.

You seemed to be having fun singing. You sang 4 more songs than anyone else.
CL: You mean I could’ve gotten away with just one? (laughs). I’m having fun here. It’s a hot day, [Japan] very sunny. Very beautiful here.

ML: Your new cd, 12 Deadly Cyns has one of the more creative titles next to Bette Midler’s Bette of Roses. You’ve redone several of the songs like Time After Time and Girls Just Want To Have Fun in a different musical style.

CL: A friend came up with the title, after my name. We had a great time, changing the presentation and there’s some new songs I’m proud of on the album. It was only recently released in this country, but it’s sold well like my other albums abroad.

ML: Did you know it’s already sold 3 million copies and has eclipsed Michael Jackson’s History on the billboard charts?

CL: Thank you. That’s great! I don’t usually read that stuff because I’m too busy writing songs. I don’t read the papers much either-too much negative out there. I’m just really unaware on some levels and on others I’m like a sponge.

ML: Wasn’t Hatful of Stars your most moving, personal work that few people heard? And what are your latest projects?

CL: Yes, thank you. I was frustrated, but I’ve just added songs to the new To Wong Fu, Julie Newmar movie. I wrote a song for Cassavetes son’s movie starring his wife Gena Rowlands and for a new movie I Love You, I Love You Not. . I’ve been writing a lot and I’ve been nominated for an Emmy twice for Mad About You. They let me go and play with them, but I can’t stop doing the music. That’s who I am. Sometimes I feel a little odd being a celebrity by day and doing my music at night.

ML: Evan has some questions… EG: I’m from WBAI-FM in New York.
CL: Oh, that’s a great station!

EG: Thank you. Can you tell us about some of your musical influences? You mentioned Ella, Billie, Sarah Vaughn.

CL: Lester Young. Charlie Parker. That was my foundation.

EG: You sing with a lot of soul also. Are there any R&B singers that influenced you?

CL: When I was young, I couldn’t tell the difference. I listened to just great voices. I was lucky enough to learn and listen to Patty Labelle, Aretha Franklin. Even the Supremes, and the Beatles.

EG: And was your family very into music also?

CL: Yeah. My mom listened to a lot of Pucini and Satchmo. Being Italian-American, a lot of the Pucini operas and the way my family acted was the same(laughs)! I went to see a great tragedy and I thought-that’s not so strange. I’ve seen that before! I’m only kidding. It’s a little joke.

ML: You’re not involving your family or your mother any more in your videos?

CL: Oh yeah. My mom is still involved. She’s kind of shy. I discovered I was like a stage daughter. I kept prodding her to do this and that and now one day she was really shy. And she say’s to me “I’m really shy. I don’t want to do this.” And she told me it was because she was only working (in my videos) so we could spend time together. I said, “Look, ma. I’ll just make time in the schedule; you don’t have to do this.” She does other things behind the scenes with me.

ML: Was Time After Time the last video she was in?

CL: Oh no. She was in a video called Take Hold Of My Heart, that was the last video she did. But SheBop, had my Aunts Gracie and Helen, and my two Aunt Maes were in it.

EG: How did you like working with Lou Albano?

CL: He’s a very funny, funny guy still. He was very much into the M.S. charities and I still do as much as I can, but not as much as him.Women’s rights, AIDS projects and all. A very good guy.

ML: Do you feel your association with pro wrestling negatively affected your career at the time, or did you take some positives from it?

CL: No, it was positive. Me with Hulk at the Grammies just got more attention from different areas than from people watching MTV. My ex, Dave Wolf, was always into the wrestling. He loved it. I remember watching Bruno and my Ma loved wrestling. Dave just thought we could reach out to a bigger and different audience by getting involved with the wrestling. He did everything, and set it all up. He still loves it, but I don’t follow it as much. It’s not like it used to be. Poor management and my pr guys not doing their job was what hurt me, I think. Not the wrestling. I enjoyed my time with it. If it was up to Dave, I’d still be involved with the wrestling. He and I are still friends, and talk. Who said it was a negative? P.R. is P.R. and I will always look at it as a positive. Dave just wanted more p.r., but we were doing pretty good airtime on MTV then. I learned a lot about hype and production from the wrestling, I have to say.

ML: Have you seen some of these Japanese lady wrestlers with the makeup? You started all this. How about the wrestlers on a personal level?

CL: They were really nice to me. They’re all characters-forget about it. You think the people in music are “different”…I tried to make my music like wrestling-an event. And that’s how I want to get back to it now-my music. Music is my great joy. It’s a very freeing experience for me, despite the movies, and tv and everything else. The music is the most important to me. I just heard Burning Spear and that band really inspired me.

ML: You looked like you had a lot of fun with the creative Lost Boys video that had Lou, Moolah, Blassie, Sheik and Volkoff, Wendy Richter…

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Rooftop Concert at Virgin Store


The busy San Francisco corner of Stockton and Market streets was a little noisier than usual yesterday.

Amid the rumbling buses, pounding jackhammers, wailing sirens and screeching brakes came the sound of amplified music echoing from some unseen place.

It was drifting off the roof of the new Virgin Megastore, where a passel of musicians — Cyndi Lauper, Jill Sobule, Rosie Gaines and the Beggars among them — were on hand to hype the store’s opening.

Billed by the company as the biggest record and video store in the country — 53,000 square feet — the three-story entertainment emporium is the latest in Virgin’s 60-store worldwide chain.

The store, which has 125,000 CD and cassette titles, 2,000 CD-ROMs, 15,000 video titles, a small bookstore, a cafe and 500 listening posts, actually opened Saturday.

But yesterday was the “grand” opening, with Lauper, her short-cropped hair the color of a canary and the texture of cotton candy, starring in a ribbon-cutting routine witnessed by a couple of hundred fans and passers-by crowded around the corner.

Lauper, dandy in blue-and-green checked peddle pushers, shiny black cowboy shirt with red fringe, green ’40s-style open-toed heels and blue toenails, wielded a giant pair of fake gold scissors while a Virgin official did the actual snipping. He made a remark that was drowned out by traffic. Lauper said something like, “Music, music, music! Shout, shout shout!” then was hus tled away by a pack of bodyguards and guys with walkie-talkies.

“Yeah, this is my first roof gig,” she said as she disappeared into a side door.

“Beach Blanket Babylon” star Val Diamond was also a roof virgin. “I hope we don’t have to climb up there on scaffolding,” she said with a smile.

Yesterday’s scene was a far cry from the famous Beatles performance on the roof of Apple Records in London in the late ’60s. The south side of Ellis Street between Powell and Stockton was blocked off to traffic to make room for spectators, but it was empty. You couldn’t see the performers on the roof anyway.

People poured through the store and milled around outside, where the roof action was broadcast on TV monitors and speakers. Around 1 p.m., writer Jessica (Decca) Mitford sang the Beatles’ “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” to kazoo accompaniment by the Dectones.

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Cyndi Lauper Comes Back with More Fun

Remember the ’80s? How could you forget them? They just happened ten minutes ago.

Not so fast. It may be hard to fathom, but Wham! happened a full ten years ago. With ’90s music innovations like, um, gangsta rap, is it any wonder why the ’80s are making a comeback?

The songs of the ’80s are returning in the form of shockingly true covers. HiNRG artists like Nicki French are cashing in with beaucoup-BPM remakes of hits of ’80s classics. Nobody has remade any Cyndi Lauper songs yet. Who’d dare? Who has a four-and-a-half octave voice and a Queens accent that would make even Archie Bunker cock his head and grunt, “Huh?”

Cyndi herself, that’s who. The quirky singer of 1984’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” is riding the crest of the ’80s revival with a new song. But she’s one-upping the nostalgia buffs by redoing her own most famous hit.

Lauper has a new hit with “Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun),” the debut single from her greatest hits release Twelve Deadly Cyns … and then some. Her collection of 14 songs was a worldwide smash in 1994. It was a hit everywhere … except in America, where it was finally released by Epic in July.

Still brandishing the brassy humor and accent that made her famous, Lauper is more sophisticated. Gone are the eye-popping thrift-store rags of yesteryear. She dresses distinctly, but with a downtown flair. Her face is made-up like a ’40s film star’s, and she looks 15 years younger than her true age of 42.

Cyndi Lauper talks as freely as most people think. She doesn’t hold anything back. For example, she is upfront about why not all of her biggest hits made Twelve Deadly Cyns. With characteristic frankness, she grimaces of her No. 10 movie-theme hit “The Goonies ‘R’ (Good Enough),” “I hated that.”

Besides ten certified hits and “Hey Now,” her CD contains a brand-new song, “Come on Home, ” which has been whipped into club-ready techno by co-composer Junior Vasquez.

The multi-talented Lauper directed the video to “Hey Now” herself. The video for the original featured girls led Pied Piper-style down the streets of Manhattan by urchin-chic Lauper, sporting her trademark orange hair. In the update, Lauper’s hair is canary and the girls are, well, boys: Director Cyndi playfully chose a cast of drag queens as her co-stars, always out to shock the hinterlands.

“Hey Now” will shock listeners with its fresh reggae beat. The revamping happened when she tired of singing the same old “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” over and over in concert. It was a stroke of genius that has sparked an international comeback.

“Hey Now” marks a return to form for Lauper. Though her debut She’s So Unusual sold more than 4.5 million copies in the U.S., she lost the ears of many fans when she championed the virtues of pro wrestling, and of her then-sidekick Captain Lou Albano. As Lauper learned the hard way, hanging out with a guy wearing a rubber band in his cheek will get you nowhere fast.

When Lauper’s outrageousness wore thin, so did her success in America. Her last Top 40 hit was 1989’s cover of Roy Orbison’s “I Drove All Night.” Her most recent studio album, 1993’s critically praised Hat Full of Stars, failed to chart in the U.S.

But pop culture is fickle. Acts deemed laughably passe five years ago are irresistible today. Cyndi’s comeback was inevitable. Lauper sang “I’m Gonna Be Strong,” a ballad she first recorded with her old band Blue Angel, at both last year’s Gay Games and at the Pier Dance after the 1995 New York Gay Pride Parade. Her appearance in the parade on her float with Greg Louganis and her performance at the dance were greeted enthusiastically.

Following are excerpts from an interview with Lauper.

MR: How was your gay pride weekend?

CL: It was really fabulous. I have a great company: They got me a float and then they gave me Greg Louganis!

MR: What was Greg like?

CL: He’s so sweet. And cute. And shy. Poor little one, he’s shy!

MR: What do you think of your gay following?

CL: That you always have to remember-no matter what you’re told-that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.

MR: Speaking of God, you’ve always been an outspoken critic of the Catholic Church-

CL: [Interrupting.]-That’s because I’m a recovering Catholic. I went to a few of their organizations and schools. I speak from experience. … There’s, y’know, the Sisters of Charity, the Sisters of Mercy, and it just so happens that I was with the Sisters of No Charity and No Mercy At All.

MR: Were all the nuns and priests who schooled you rotten?

CL: When you take a group of people and you repress them and they cut themselves off from their feelings as a human-and a human being has sexual feelings, has bodily feelings-what you are handing over to children is a monster….

Maybe God’s a woman … I’m against their teaching that women are evil and that their power and their sexuality is evil. [The Church] is losing popularity anyway. They’re not selling the tickets that they used to.

Ever-outspoken, Cyndi’s a proud liberal who says she voted Democrat in 1992, despite the fact that Tipper Gore once spear-headed a campaign that labeled Cyndi’s No. 3 hit “She-Bop” -a veiled ode to another favorite Catholic pastime, masturbation-as “filthy.” The flap enraged Lauper, though she laughs over it now. Tipper is not forgiven.

CL: I voted for Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Gore! [Giggles mischievously.]

MR: Your message has always been feminist…

CL: It is not a dirty word, “feminism.” We are taught not to like ourselves as women, we are taught what we’re supposed to look like, what our measurements are supposed to be. And there’s a lot of angry women. Me? I’m trying to deal with it. I’m gettin’ to the point now where I’m hopin’ that it’s really my own belief system…

MR: Do you channel your anger into performing?

CL: For me, singing is magical. You feel hooked in, grounded, and connected above and below. I feel alive. There’s something very healing about music.

MR: How was it growing up in Queens as such a talented kid?

CL: I felt like an alien. This counselor made my mother cry. He told her that-’cause at the time my mom was a waitress-“Do you want your daughter to wind up being a waitress, too, and have no career and no life?”

MR: You can answer the question “Are you big in Japan?” with a resounding “Yeah!”

CL: It’s really great to come back home where it’s nice and calm. It’s hard to be famous. ‘Cause it’s really just me, anyway. Always was.

Cyndi Lauper in 1995 remains who she has always been: A woman whose love of music keeps her working non-stop, whether singing, writing, producing, directing, or even acting-last month she won an Emmy nomination for her recurring role on NBC’s Mad About You.

Cyndi Lauper is not desperate for a comeback, but this is one star of the ’80s who may have to give up her stateside quiet time if her new song-and her old material-takes off.

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Music section: Lauper glories in pop ‘Cyns’

Cyndi Lauper doesn’t see her career retrospective-greatest hits package “Twelve Deadly Cyns…And then Some” as a return to the pop-music arena.

“I’m not re-entering, because I never went anywhere,” said Lauper, who took two years off from touring while “Hat Full of Stars” and “Cyns” were released.

The Queens, N.Y., native, who performs Sunday at the Mix 98.5 Fall Fest on Boston Common, became a household name in 1984 when her feminist pop anthem “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” skyrocketed to No.2 on the Billboard singles chart. It was the first single from her debut, “She’s So Unusual,” which quickly sold more than 4 million copies.

But the eccentrically dressed and oddly tressed singer’s fortune didn’t stop there; her hits literally followed one after the other. “She’s So Unusual” spawned four consecutive Top Five singles that year: “Girls,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” and “All Through the Night.”

And they’re all on “Cyns,” along with other faves such as “Change of Heart” and “True Colors,” remixes of “Money Changes Everything” and “She Bop” and three previously unreleased songs: a reworking of her first hit, “Hey Man (Girls Just Want to Have Fun),” “Come on Home” and “I’m Gonna Be Strong,” a song Lauper wrote with her first group, Blue Angel.

The album’s first single, “Hey Man,” was the result of Lauper’s quest for growth, her recent fascination with techno and the opportunity to work with labelmate Patra. The reggae-tinged dance number shows Lauper eyeing the club circuit.

Similarly, reggae influences abound on the new “Come on Home,” which echoes Bob Marley’s early work and distinctly resembles the Rastafarian’s “Simmer Down.”

Experimenting with musical styles and taking chances is nothing new to the 42-year-old singer.

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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.”)

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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.

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Talking with Cyndi Lauper

“PEOPLE ALWAYS GET THE WRONG IMPRESSION OF ME,” says Cyndi Lauper, who has just turned 40. “After they’ve seen me live, they come up andsay ‘I didn’t know you could sing.'”

Not only that, there’s a thoughtful person under that platinum bob; “These are heavy times we’ve just lived through,” she says, “and I wasn’t going toignore that.” Last year’s Republican “family values” crusade troubled Lauper and she sympathized with Anita Hill: “I’ve had sexual harassment on thejob when I was 17, and when you ain’t got no money you’d be surprised what you put up with.”

Lauper decided to make her political points through the characters in her songs. She was encouraged by her husband, actor David Thornton, to whomshe was wed in 1991 with vows read by Little Richard. (She and Thornton both appear in the new Michael J. Fox comedy, Life with Mikey.)

At the same time, Lauper decided to take more control over her career. On her last album, 1989’s A Night to Remember, she remembers, “I was doingsongs by people who were writing about their new car or the new extension on their garage. I don’t do anybody else’s songs anymore.'”

In the meantime, she says she’s untroubled by the diminishing sales of each of her records. She’s So Unusual sold nearly 5 million copies; TrueColors (1986) only a million; A Night to Remember (1989) less than 500,000. “I don’t need to have zillions and billions of dollars,” she says. “I just wantto do work that I’m really happy with.”

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Cyndi Lauper breaks new Ground

Nearly 10 years ago, Cyndi Lauper broke new ground as a zestful, zany pop diva with her hit packed debut, She’s so unusual, Now, with her forth, and most ambitious album, Hat Full of Stars , a more serious Lauper has returned with a fresh sound that mixes 60s soul, 70s funk, and 80s pop and 90s hip-hop, as well as bits of folk and ethnic music. And her multi-octave voice has never sounded better, hitting highs, lows and everything in between.

Sonically, Hat full of stars, has a richness that results from its imaginative combination of rootsy instrumentation (dobro, accordion) and R&B staples (organ, saxophone), underpinned by dance-music mainstays (drum machine, key-boards, samples). Laupers expressive voice meets the challenges of the various songs – from throaty belting (That’s What I Think) to sassy testifying (Like I used to) to plaintive crooning (Who let in the rain).

Lauper joins forces on Hat with former writing partners Eric Bazilian and Ron Hyman (of the Hooters), as well as song doctor Allee Willis, co-producer Junior Vasquez, Tom Gray (who wrote Laupers 85 single Money Changes Everything and singer/songwriter Mary-Chaplin Carpenter and Nicky Holland. Except for the maudlin Rain and the exuberant, Celtic-tinged Feels like Christmas, Lauper has left behind affairs of the heart. Instead, she offers personal insights into such subjects as racism (A Part Hate), illegal abortion (Sally’s Pigeons), incest (Lies), and wife bashing (Broken Glass)- its heavy-duty, but not heavy-handed.

The albums pensive title track depicts Lauper herself as an older-but-wiser survivor: “Im trying to live in the present/but I keep tripping on the past/ finding out reality, well, clarity/ comes in dribs and drabs”. On Hat Full of Stars, the past and present, reality and clarity all come in equal-and powerful-doses.

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Cyndi Lauper interview with Janet Trakin

So you’ve been wondering where Cyndi Lauper’s been. She admits she’s a year late in coming out with her new album, Hat Full Of Stars, while seated in her living room in the Althrop building on the upper west side of Manhattan. She looks like a normal American girl-next-door, with no make-up, oversized painter pants and a big, black T-shirt with white socks and no shoes. What color hair this time? Blonde, of course, in a pageboy style.

Since the hugely successful She’s So Unusual (“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was the monster single) in 1983, which led to Rolling Stone magazine dubbing her “Best New Artist” and MTV tapping her as “Best Female Video Artist,” Cyndi released True Colors in 1986, which spawned yet another hit single in the title track. She then went on to Paris to record her action-packed live concert video, “Cyndi Lauper in Paris,” followed by 1989’s A Night To Remember.

Fast-forward to 1993, and her latest album, Hat Full Of Stars, which she co-produced with Junior Vasquez (Tevin Campbell, Siouxsie and the Banshees). Lauper speaks with enthusiasm and good humor, drifting in and out of her Queens accent, as she philosophizes about creativity and her career, occasionally breaking into refraines from the songs themselves.

Q: Where have you been since your last album?

CYNDI: In 1991 I got married to David Thornton, while we were doing a movie together called Off and Running. He was the murderer, and I met him on the set. We fell in love in Miami, which is a great place to fall in love. After going to Liverpool to do the John Lennon tribute, we went to Cape Cod [Massachusetts] for a couple of months, where I started writing. I went to Berlin to do The Wall. And then I started working on “Who Let iIn the Rain” from the new album, which I wrote with Ailee Willis, who really helped me as a friend. I then started writing with the Hooters and the encouragement of my husband.

Q: Did you feel that you had to compete with Madonna for your audience?

CYNDI: I knew at one point that her record company was competing with me. They put an advertisement out in the paper that said, “This fall, I will give Cyndi Lauper a run for her money.” She can have it. It’s like apples and oranges. Madonna is really bright. I think she’s a performance artist. I saw her “Truth or Dare,” and I thought it was really good, but it’s not what I do. I’ve come to say something, and maybe some people don’t understand what it is. Maybe they thought it was a gimmick. It wasn’t. Even “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” wasn’t a gimmick. I wanted to bring women together. I saw how it was unpopular for mothers and daughters to be friendly. I said to myself, maybe we should fix that and make it popular. It brought women around the world together–it was a celebration, and I think that’s very important.

Q: In “Product of Misery” from the new album, who are you specifically talking about?

CYNDI: I’m talking about people. Real people. The Bush/Quayle administration sold us a bill of goods, especially Barbara Bush, and I felt like I had to stand up to it. I’m not talking about what we’re sold to think real people are or what we’re sold to believe real people look like. What we’re taught is twisted, and I just wanted to write that. I wanted to write a work that was like a piece of literature.

Q: “Who Let in the Rain” and “Hat Full of Stars” seem introspective and sad. Is this the new Cyndi Lauper?

CYNDI: “Time After Time” [from True Colors] was sad. You always think that your truth is not worth anything, [that] it’s not what people want to hear. But the truth is, you can’t write what you don’t know about. I’ve got to know what I’m saying. In “Who Let in the Rain,” I broke up with someone that I really cared for. People really feel things like that. If you really feel that, you should write about it. A year or two ago, I would not have said it. And I thought, “It’s too sad and nothing came out. But you have to write it.” Even though “Hat Full of Stars” is really sad, it’s also uplifting because she always had a hat full of stars. All my songs on this album are testimonies to people.

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Concert Review Cyndi Lauper

With her multimedia comeback firmly in place, Cyndi Lauper has successfully reinvented herself both as a performer and a personality.

In the intimate confines of the Ford Theatre, Lauper reintroduced herself to her L.A. faithful, who were out in force to hear what the songbird has been up to since she last recorded three years ago.

Lauper’s set consisted of all the songs, in order, from her upcoming Epic Records release, “Hat Full of Stars,” due June 15. With an energetic Lauper in fine voice and a first-rate band, the potent material is personal, yet commercially viable. The girl who just wanted to have fun has matured and ripened.

At 39 years old, the singer, whose obviously found happiness in her personal and professional life, is totally at ease on stage. While audience members shouted endearments and encouragement, Lauper kibbitzed with them as if they were old friends who haven’t seen each other in years. She even stopped in mid-set to sign an autograph to a fan who said she had once promised it to him.

Her sparkling personality only helped the new material, which swings through hip-hop, Celtic marches, pop bounce, folk, funk, pure rock ‘n’ roll and Cajun and African stylings.

While Lauper’s wide-ranging vocal ability could previously be described as annoying, it has taken on new strengths, running the gamot of emotions in her new work. She effortlessly alters singing styles to fit the song’s various moods.

The new Lauper sings about such serious issues as incest (“Lies”), abuse (“Broken Glass”), prejudices (“A Part Hate”) and death (“Sally’s Pigeons”) with just the right amount of sensitivity.

And although the material is so much more vital, it hasn’t lost its commercial appeal.

After her third record, “A Night to Remember,” bombed and her two film projects followed suit (one was actually never released, the other was “Vibes”), Lauper has gotten up the strength to do it again.

Her new film, “Life With Mikey,” has opened to lukewarm boxoffice, but based on the material performed here, the potential for her new disc is limitless.