Musical Monday: Cover songs #13

I’ve kicked off 2023 with a series of my favourite cover songs. It’s quite amazing how many artists cover one another’s songs. Often we don’t even realise that the song we love is a cover.

Plenty of artists have covered this number Girls Just Want to Have Fun written by Robert Hazard, but none come close to the iconic version by Cyndi Lauper, which exploded on radio and MTV in 1983.

The song was written, recorded and performed by American musician Robert Hazard, who released it as a single in 1979. It is best known for the version of American singer Cyndi Lauper, who covered the song in 1983. It was the first major single released by Lauper as a solo artist and the lead single from her debut studio album, She’s So Unusual (1983). Lauper’s version gained recognition as a feminist anthem and was promoted by a Grammy-winning music video. It has been covered, either as a studio recording or in a live performance, by over 30 other artists.

The single was Lauper’s breakthrough hit, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100chart and becoming a worldwide hit throughout late 1983 and early 1984. It is considered one of Lauper’s signature songs and was a widely popular song during the 1980s. In 2013, the song was remixed by Yolanda Be Cool, taken from the 30th anniversary reissue of She’s So Unusual.

Which version do you prefer? Let me know below.

17 Comments on “Musical Monday: Cover songs #13

  1. Both versions of the song are fine, but having heard the Lauper song (by Lauper) in the ’80s there is an element of nostalgia added to this version. As nostalgia means “sweet pain,” I can say that is the feeling for a decade when I was a young adult. Thanks for sharing both performances!

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