Posted by: Johnny Loftus on November 30, 2007 at 12:00 pm

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With its Freudian references, multiple allusions to wanking, and adoration for/explosion of the black and white divisions of 1950s and 60s romance, Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop” was a little more ambitious than the average third single from a hit pop record in 1983-4. And while its mechanized pink production has dated the song a little, the rhythmic grind is still a great foil for Lauper’s hoots and love snorts on the mic. When she tumbles into the chorus, it’s like Gene Vincent in Aqua Net, the animation sequence is a forward-thinking bit of artistry, and the song-and-dance ending is as bizarre as it is perfect. “Everybody bops” is the message here, and they won’t be stopped by a culture of homogeny. Burger Klone! But what’s even cooler about this clip for “She Bop” is how much fun everyone in it seems to be having. Remember, video was still a new concept at this time, particularly a video with a budget and the insurance of airplay on MTV. (Lauper had already scored with “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and the ballad “Time After Time.”) Shit, even Captain Lou Albano looks like he’s having fun. Is anyone in contemporary pop music having fun? Because it seems like they’re always too worried about revenue streams. — Johnny Loftus

[tags]Cyndi Lauper, She Bop, She’s So Unusual, Lou Albano[/tags]


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  1. Mik eWhite on November 30th, 2007 1:00 pm

    Captain Lou!

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