Turn It Around

I'd brave a thousand pigeons with diarrhea for a good earworm!

I’d brave a thousand pigeons with diarrhea for a good earworm!

Just when you finally got last week’s earworm out of your brain, you look at the calendar and it happens to be reading Monday again.  That means it’s time for a cochlear refill of some of the finest lost tunes of yesteryear from The Nest’s Dusty Vinyl Archive!  This week, DJ Scratchy is paying tribute to someone who is just as unusual as she is… and maybe doing a little favo(u)r for her fan Draliman by digging out some buried gold from the artist he was expecting to hear last week.  The true colors this Monday will not just be limited to the manes of our helper Sponkies…

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Madonna may have been the 80’s biggest diva, but Cyndi Lauper was not far behind on the list of greatest female artists of that decade.  After breaking onto the scene in 1984 with the super fun and catchy anthem “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” (Which of course inspired the title of last week’s DVA post), Cyndi just kept right on churning out big hits and even better music videos for those songs during the middle part of the 80’s.

Everything is better with a little Captain Lou Albano.

Everything is better with a little Captain Lou Albano.

Cyndi’s breakthrough debut album She’s So Unusual was followed up by the just as awesome True Colors in 1986.  After the title song became a chart topping smash, the next cut from that album to be released was “Change of Heart,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1987…

Getting into the Top 3 on the pop charts is a pretty impressive feat, and one that you’d think would guarantee a song’s immortality as a true classic of its time.  Unfortunately, mainstream radio seems to have forgotten this song even exists… with Sirius XM’s 80’s channel even reducing it to “Lost Hit” status.  And it apparently isn’t just me who thinks this song got completely gypped by the cesspool that is corporate radio these days… here are a couple of the comments that appear near the top of the YouTube page the video appears on…

And if you can't take the word of someone named Doobie, you must not trust anyone.

And if you can’t take the word of someone named Doobie, you must not trust anyone.

This song is just all kinds of awesome… from the great drum work, to the funky bass and whatever that is that passes as a guitar.  It even has Cyndi’s trademark hiccups!  And if that wasn’t enough for you… the backup vocals for this song were provided by none other than The Bangles!  That’s a fact I was totally unaware of prior to checking up on this song…

Dammit... it would have been totally appropriate this time, but I changed it for an old post...

Dammit… it would have been totally appropriate this time, but I changed it for an old post…

I won’t make you drive all night to get your next fresh serving of lost musical goodness, but you will have to wait seven more days…

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28 Responses to Turn It Around

  1. I still love this song and Cindy was one of my heroes…. Well picked!!!! I never was a fan of Mad-onna and I never will be one…

  2. Cindi was just having tons of fun……..which made everyone who listened to her music have tons of fun……Madonna is all about “showtime” which is fine but she kind of just tries too hard for the flash…..Cindi was just being Cindi.

    Pam

  3. Merbear74 says:

    Cool song!
    My dad liked her, but he was like, “why does she have to dress like that?” 🙂

  4. fanrosa says:

    Dude, no way is Change of Heart in any dustbin anywhere! I was watching Front and Center last week and Cyndi was doing the entire She’s So Unusual album in order (great show!). My brother moseyed through the living room and asked what she could sing besides “this one” (Time After Time). Dude! I named off 48585058033 songs he should have remembered and the only one he knew was Girls, even after I sang the entire chorus to She Bop. He wouldn’t even admit to knowing True Colours!

    He claims he didn’t listen to that kind of music but that cuts no ice with me. She was pervasive BITD and I love her just as much now as I did then.

    • The classic variety format has been around for about 15 years now, and I can honestly say I’ve never heard this song on the radio in all that time. In fact, other than “Girls”, “Time After Time” and (oddly enough) “Through The Night”… not much Cyndi gets played at all. Her True Colors era is pretty much ignored altogether, and “She Bop” pops up occasionally because it’s still a great gag song…

      And I agree with you on your bro… he knows more Cyndi than he’s letting on…

  5. I’ve got this song on my podling and just listened to it a few days ago. 🙂 I’m in my happy place now, thank you.

  6. Trisha says:

    I’d forgotten all about this song! I was crazy about Cyndi Lauper, and The Bangles too, but I had no idea The Bangles sang backup vocals on this song. This was a good trip down memory lane – thank you!

    • I was surprised to learn some of the backup singers who appeared on 80’s songs that I had no idea about at the time. It never occurred to me before that Sting sings backup on “Money For Nothing,” but the first time I heard about that fact, it was like duh! It sounds just like him saying “I want my MTV”… how did I not realize that on my own?

  7. Green Embers says:

    So, I am not sure I have ever listened to this song. I like Cyndi though, thanks for sharing this! It’s a great song.

  8. I remember her best not from the music, but from “To Sir With Love,” not Sidney’s greatest piece of work, but one of his more light-hearted efforts. She wasn’t a half bad actress, though she didn’t do a lot of work.

  9. reocochran says:

    I like all sorts of music but fun, get up and dance songs speed up one’s heart. Cyndi Lauper brings joy and pep. True Colors is sweet but Change of Heart deserves play time on radio oldies but goodies, classic gold.
    I disagree with those who don’t appreciate Madonna. I liked her singing a lot. Material Girl was making fun of those who place value on money and “stuff.”
    I admire Madonna, from playing a baseball player to Evita to Desperately Seeking Susan. She still sings and dances like a 25 year old. 🙂

  10. I love Cyndi, the Bangles, Madonna,Bananarama! kylie! 😀

  11. The Cutter says:

    I once read someone analogize Lauper:Madonna::Michael Keaton:Tom Hanks. At one point, they were pretty much equals in terms of hits and star power, but for one reason or another, the latter went on to become a mega star.

    • I can see that… though Hanks floundered for a decade before he became Mr. Oscar, while Madonna was a star from day one. Well, I guess she wasn’t popular while she was still drumming for The Breakfast Club (Though neither was the band at the time)…

  12. Piglove says:

    I’ve never heard of that song – snorts. But I do love me some Lauper. I mean heck – she just wants to have fun right? Snorts XOXO – Bacon

  13. draliman says:

    Yay, now we’re talking! And the Bangles are another favourite of mine. And did someone mention Kylie? Yay 🙂
    You may have noticed I’m always a bit late reading these – I usually read posts during breaks at work where I have no sound from my computer…

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