Last week’s selection, Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual, was mostly as fun and upbeat as I’d hoped, but it also reminded me how strong and unusual Cyndi Lauper’s voice has always been. As alluded to in a comment on last week’s post, Cyndi was the subject of much debate when her debut, She’s So Unusual, was first released in 1983. Her 1980s music may be seem like tame novelty now, but back then she stirred up a quite a bit of controversy. Much like modern artists Lady Gaga and Amanda Palmer, I recall that Cyndi Lauper was once considered somewhat of a deviant just for her punked-up hair color, eccentric attire and affinity for avant garde performance art. Musically, her songs ran the gamut from catchy pop numbers like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to heartfelt ballads such as “Time After Time.” In between she experimented with quirky avante-pop, New Wave, rock and even reggae. My personal favorite track on She’s So Unusual is “When You Were Mine.” Now we’ll move up into the 1990s and jump across the pond…
This week’s classic album is…Pulp: Different Class
To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.
Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).