Cyndi Lauper was no spring chicken, but she remembered those days well…
When “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was released in 1983, Cyndi Lauper was already 30 years old and well beyond the usual teeny-bopper, in-trouble-with-mom age. Still, this opening line sets the song in the world of a total party girl who still lives with her parents. Oh, and did we mention the song was written by a man, Robert Hazard, a professional songwriter who says he wrote the song while sitting in a motel bathtub? Random.
Cyndi Lauper actually got along swimmingly with her mom.
Mama Lauper (Catrine, if you must know) was featured in the campy 1984 music video, playing the role of none other than the worrying and fretting mother. She even reprised the role in a few other of her daughter’s music videos, including hits like “Time After Time” and “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough.” Professional wrestling manager Lou Albano played Cyndi’s father in several videos, and the two frequently worked together on charity projects and wrestling/rock and roll crossover events throughout the 1980s. Now, Lauper is a parent herself, raising a son with her husband David Thornton.
Lauper might have hit it big eventually, but she and her family were not wealthy when she was young.
“The fortunate ones” are someone else out there—maybe the boys who can supposedly do whatever they feel like, maybe the rich people who can buy anything they want. Lauper grew up poor in Ozone Park, Queens.
And some girls take a beautiful song and change the lyrics to be more girl-friendly.
When Cyndi Lauper got her hands on Robert Hazard’s catchy composition, she was dissatisfied with the song’s focus on women pleasing men. A few tweaks to the lyrics (we’re guessing this line was involved) and the tune was transformed into a classic ladies night anthem.