Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
The phone rings, in the middle of the night
My father yells "What you gonna do with your life?"
Oh daddy dear, you know you're still number one
But girls they wanna have fun
In early September 1983 a great artist debuted, one of the greatest of all the 80s and later. I have to say that some days in those years were really magical, because on the same day maybe two or three great hits came out. And so, on September 6, 1983, the same day that “Karma Chameleon” was released in England, Cyndi Lauper’s fantastic career began in New York.
The magic touch and greatness of this artist are immediately clear, even with this light-hearted and funny hit. In fact, a lot of details made us immediately understand Cyndi’s genius. “Girls just want to have fun” was a song written in 1979 song, adapted by Cyndi in 1983, and of course it could never have this success in the first version. Electronic sounds, falsehoods and deliberately excessive screams, apparently this song could have been forgotten in two months. In fact, the end result was an exceptional song, on which Cyndi managed to create a perfect video, and through the video she was able to communicate a very important message that is still a hallmark of Cyndi.
The song was released in September, and it was immediately and repeatedly scheduled on MTV, every day on and on, and in early 1984 it entered all possible charts, reaching the very first places in many countries, and absolutely entering the collective memory of the 80s.
The story of the video is famous, the rebel girl Cyndi comes home and must face her mother’s frustration and her father’s reproaches. In response, and proud of the values of her life, Cyndi goes out, gathers friends and various people, and together they improvise a party in Cyndi’s bedroom, proving to her parents that in her fun, after all, there is just nothing wrong and nothing to be ashamed of.
But let’s get to the details: Cyndi’s mom, in the video, is played by… Cyndi Lauper’s mom. And if you look, she did great!! Cyndi’s choice to shoot a video with many people she knew directly was certainly dictated by cost needs, but she knew how to go much further, and turned this constraint into an opportunity. In this way she managed to make the video much more informal, in fact in addition to his mother there are also Cyndi’s brother and lawyer, and many of his friends. Not only did she save money, but she created an atmosphere of familiarity that literally shines through the video.
There is a guest star: Cyndi’s father is played by the “captain” Lou Albano, a famous wrestler, who was 50 years old when he took part in the video. But Cyndi, despite the context of the generational rebellion video, knows how to pay tribute to him: watch what happens after Cyndi responds to him at the beginning of the video: she turns him around and puts him against the door with a wrestling grip! As to say… utmost respect for your career and your fame! You play a role in the video, but let’s not forget who you really are! However, Cyndi’s collaboration with Albano will continue on several other moments.
There are other tributes in the video, such as the scene where the door of the bedroom opens and the people who were leaning on it fall. A quote and a tribute to an old Marx brothers movie.
The most important thing about the video, though, is the message. Cyndi goes out, as we said, and goes to gather a series of friends. Let’s look at them: they are real girls and women, normal people, in the absolute beauty of this term. They are not particularly flashy, they are not particularly made-up, they are simply themselves, at best with that touch of kitsch glamour that became the symbol of Cyndi Lauper.
Here is the message: accept yourself. Be proud of how you are, in character, physically, intellectually. Cyndi will always reiterate this concept, which then leads to the rediscovery of the essence of people, as we also see in “True colors“, and over time it will make her first an activist and then a true icon of the struggles for the civil rights claims.
Cyndi and her friends are glamorous with little, with clothes and accessories found anywhere, and in a way perhaps she also inaugurates a cheap-chic fashion that will last for decades, and that will also contribute to the success, for example, of Madonna.
In short: “Girls just want to have fun” is definitely a beautiful song that in 1983 allowed us to meet Cyndi Lauper; in fact Cyndi was already a brilliant artist who presented herself with an unforgettable song and video.
Cyndi Lauper on Wikipedia