Skip to comments.Cyndi Lauper proves herself time after time in Tel Aviv
Posted on 01/05/2014 8:17:42 AM PST by Eleutheria5
Cyndi Lauper let her true colors shine through on Saturday night at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Foul-mouthed, big-hearted and still quirky as hell after all these years, the bright-red haired, combat boot-wearing 60-year-old entertainer revisited her landmark debut album She's So Unusual, performing it in its entirety upon its 30th anniversary.
Whether spinning like a dervish, climbing onto speaker stacks, roaming out into the audience, or getting down on her knees to sing, Lauper has lost none of her spunky spirit, nor her powerful lung capacity. Her crack band, anchored by bassist William Wittman who performed and acted as engineer and producer on She's So Unusual back in 1983, accurately recaptured the new wave era, replete with echoing rim shots from the drums, cheesy synth riffs from the keyboards and upbeat dance tempos.
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Why the need to be Foul Mouth? Is that what attracts people to her show?
Even though a lot of 80s artists professed to hate Reagan, their music by and large, reflected the energy and optimism that marked his two terms.
Dunno. I remember her music videos, nothing foul or even suggestive in them. They were funny.
A foul mouth in older people is often a sign of dementia.
Cute, quirky, odd-ball.
Its so funny that so many acts from the 80’s:
Duran Duran, Human League, Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, Men Without Hats, A Flock Of Seagulls
Abandoned the basic style of music that made them great to “experiment”, “ be true to themselves”, bring in the black female background singers, turn to Jazz and RB and who knows what additions. Just shut up and play the style that made you all hits in the beginning and maybe you (most) wouldn’t be remembered as “one hit wonders”.
It gives special satisfaction to see many all these old bands go out and tour and they leave out all their newer crap and play what made us like them in the beginning. Maybe if they would have done that from the start they would have found more success.
Never really got into her, but compared to stagesluts of today Cindy’s a class act.
She is 60?
Wow. I thought she was much younger than that.
Always kind of liked her, and her music, for some strange reason.
Did you ever watch The Goonies? her song The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough sticks with you.
Ain't that the truth. It's more than a bit annoying to go to a concert and not know two-thirds of the songs.
How nice for Ms. Lauper and the audience! I’m surprised that she’s 60. I’d have guessed 50.
Old Obama Women Just Wanna Have Fun!
There are some good ones out there. Megadeth’s frontman Dave Mustaine refuses to tour with openly satanic or anti Christian bands. A few years back an Israeli promoter threw “Cannibal Christ” off the tour because Mustaine said he wouldn’t tour with them.
I’m a big Cyndi Lauper fan. Very early in her career I predicted that she was a certain future star. Bigger than Madonna I was asked by my children. Of course, I answered, she is much the better singer.
To this day I am routinely reminded of this error in judgement by these same children - all grown up now.
But, I still like Cyndii way better than Madonna.
Her band does crack? Who knew?
I like her too. She made one movie during her heyday with Jeff Goldblum, she was quirky, delightful and quite fetching :)
Good for her!
Time After Time still brings tears to my eyes.
I saw her on Broadway about ten years ago in a revival of The Threepenny Opera, and say what you will, it is least admirable that she does make the absolute most of what little talent she has.
It was such a good song that Miles Davis did a (fantastic) rendition of it.
As for foul language ... off the top of my head, I can think of two men who are/were among the most Christian, generous, morally sound, big-hearted, life- and God-loving, productive, ethical, kind, and right-minded people imaginable, who are/were among THE most excruciatingly foul-mouthed individuals I've ever known -- Hollywood couldn't out-swear them. And I've known lonely, needy folks whose language was clean as a whistle, but to whom being kind and generous was the same as being "weak."
Like the Book advises: Judge a tree by its fruit.
And several others of them do too.. And I don’t know why they do with me. I’m not a big music listener, and generally I prefer classical stuff (Bach, Beethoven, not the Beatles) and spy /adventure / cowboy movie themes.
YEP!!!! Way better. To me, Lauper was "the real deal" of what Madonna aspired to symbolize.
After all, it only takes a little talent to pen a song that is played all over the world (just heard it on the radio last night and my sweetheart and I commented how beautiful that song is still today), loved, sung, memorized, and recorded by many, for going on three decades.
Pugachev, on the other hand, probably has many TRULY talented accomplishments under his belt to show us what talent really is.
Still not worth listening to, after all these years
Her fanbase is primarily composed of gay men.
She was/is a much better singer than Madonna ever was.
I don’t think you were in error there.
Her crack band? Do they allow that sort of thing in Israel?
I remember Joe Walsh performing "Rocky Mountain Way" and saying, "If I'd known I'd have to be singing this song for the next 30 years, I'd have written something different."
I guess the accolades can't compensate for the boredom.
Yep. Hard to believe she was already 30 when her debut album came out.
“Can’t stop messin with the danger zone.” ;)
She had a talk show for a while. Didn’t last long. I tuned out when she started sounding like a nutty Liberal.
And my wife.
The last I heard, she had discovered the blues.
I get a kick out of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and she was pretty good on the Goonies movie. But really, the only reason she interests me now is that she’s bucking the fashion among arty-farties, and playing Israel. We’ll take whatever support we can get.
Toni Basil of "Mickey!" fame turned 70 last year...
I knew a girl who could really sing, even took opera in college. She raved about Lauper’s range and about her being one of the great pop singers.
I listened to this for 20+ years but continued to roll my eyes. I was wrong.
My wife wanted to see Lauper on her ‘Memphis Blues’ tour a couple of years ago, so I caved and bought tickets. Lauper was great in concert. Her backing band was made up of old school R&B musicians who had played with people like Al Green and Booker T. & the MGs, and a lot more.
There are a great many ‘artists’ these days who just lip synch and dance around to pre-recorded music. Seeing someone like Lauper perform live turned out to be a real treat, and to my old friend L. who talked about her for so long, you were right and I was wrong.
I miss Captain Lou Albino.
Nothing leads to mass exits for bathroom breaks more than “....and now here is a song from our new album.”
My wife and I went to the Donny & Marie Christmas Show in Nashville last month. They put on a great show. About two and a half hours. Everyone at the Bridgestone Arena loved it. And NOT ONE profane word was uttered. Quite refreshing. I detest those that seem to think it’s necessary to use that. As for Cindy Lauper, I have no use for her.
I respect Donnie and Marie for keeping their act clean and wholesome. On the other hand, it’s still Donnie and Marie.
About 10 years ago, a fowl fouled her mouth at an outdoor venue in NH, iirc.
Direct hit during while holding a note. Luke Skywalker would have been jealous of the accuracy.
Probably a seagull.
RE: On the other hand, its still Donnie and Marie.
Did they do the: ‘I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock and roll’ bit?
Her first appearance on Johnny Carson.
Yes they did.
I detect she has a Brooklyn accent.
She's got a brain!
Pretty funny line about having fun in her line of work, "Well, I could have been a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist, but ... "
Looks like Carson was pleasantly surprised!
I detect she has a Brooklyn accent.
I don’t know... maybe British?