NEW YORK — We are all familiar with the classic hits.
Cyndi Lauper, during the 1980s, produced a collection of iconic pop songs that have resonated with audiences for decades. Some of her chart-topping hits include “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “True Colors,” and “I Drove All Night.” However, despite her success, Lauper remains humble and does not assume what people will like.
“Oh, my God. Everything’s underrated – and everything’s overrated!” Lauper, now 69 years old, shared with USA TODAY on Wednesday night. She spoke before the premiere of “Let the Canary Sing,” a captivating documentary about her life showcased at the Tribeca Festival.
“Some songs receive a lot of support, and some don’t, but you still have to release them,” she continued. Lauper went on to recount incidents where fans expressed their love for her lesser-known songs, such as “Hat Full of Stars” and “Sisters of Avalon,” proving that you can never predict what will resonate with listeners.
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One of Lauper’s songs that deserved greater recognition is “Ballad of Cleo and Joe,” a pulsating club track about a drag queen’s secret life. Despite its appeal, the song, released in 1997, never made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
During the song’s release, Lauper was nine months pregnant with her son, Declyn, whom she shares with her husband, David Thornton. To create a visually striking music video, Lauper came up with the idea of decorating her pregnant belly like a disco ball.
“Originally, it was only supposed to be an interview,” Lauper recollected about the impromptu shoot. “But then I said, ‘Listen, if you can get a small turntable and cover me in mirrors like a disco ball, we can film that, and it will be really interesting.'”
Due to her advanced pregnancy, there were concerns that Lauper might give birth during the video shoot.
“The guys in the editing room were mortified,” Lauper chuckled. “They wouldn’t even look at me because they were terrified that I would go into labor right then and there.”
“Let the Canary Sing,” directed by Alison Ellwood (Follow Google News
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