Thirty years after Cyndi Lauper released her debut, “She’s So Unusual,” she brought the record to the stage at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater.
Performing the tracks in order she opened with “Money Changes Everything” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” jumping into the crowd for the later, allowing the audience to carry the chorus.
She explained that she was struggling to find a balance between allowing fans to experience the music and sharing memories like talking to Miles Davis’ wife about his cover of “Time After Time” to trying to add realism to “She Bop” (which she ended up recording topless in Kiss’ rehearsal space) and having to sing “All Through The Night” literally though the night trying to get a better opening line after the original was destroyed in an editing mistake (“he was making edits with razor blades and putting it back together… like surgeons… but the razor blade was magnetized”).
Sharing the story of her birth, which almost occurred in the back seat of a cab, she joked that she was on time only once before delving into some of the deeper cuts from She’s So Unusual like “I’ll Kiss You”, “Witness” and “He’s So Unusual” (which she played on a ukulele after telling story about being booed by 10,000 Kinks fans after opening for them early in her career).
The evening wrapped with an encore of “Sex Is In The Heel” from her Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots and “Change of Heart.” As the last few minutes before the 10:30pm curfew loomed she thanked her fans for sticking with her through life’s twists and turns before a brief acapella rendition of “Fearless” and the final song, “True Colors.”
Photos by Nichole Wagner