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Girls Just Want To Have Fun

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Cyndi Lauper



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This was Lauper's first single as a solo artist. She released an album in 1981 as a member of the group Blue Angel, but "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" made her famous. The song was a huge part of '80s culture. It became an anthem for female attitude, and set fashion trends as the video showed Lauper wearing bright, outrageous clothes that looked like they came from a thrift store (they often did). It set the stage for artists like Madonna - independent women wearing cheap, yet fashionable clothes with a taste for garish accessories.
Ellie Greenwich sang backup vocals on this song and helped come up with the distinctive counterpoint. Greenwich was a legendary songwriter who worked with Phil Spector on many classic songs of the '60s, including Be My Baby and Leader Of The Pack. Other songs she sang on include "Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra and "Dreamin'" by Blondie.
The video, which ran constantly on MTV, featured the wrestler Captain Lou Albano as Lauper's father, and also Lauper's real-life mother, who had no acting experience but did just fine. It won the first ever award for Best Female Video at the 1984 Video Music Awards. Albano was also in her next video, "Time After Time."
Lauper co-wrote many of her own songs, but not this one. Like "I Will Survive," it's a girl power song written by a man. A Philadelphia singer/songwriter named Robert Hazard, who had a band called Robert Hazard and the Heroes, wrote it. Hazard recorded his demo of the song in 1979. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Lauper said that she had to alter the lyrics from Hazard's original. "It was originally about how fortunate he was 'cause he was a guy around these girls that wanted to have 'fun' - with him - down there, which we do not speak lest we go blind," she said.

A year before this song hit for Lauper, it was Hazard who was on the charts with his song "Escalator Of Life," which made #58 in the US. Yes, the video is on YouTube.
A theme in Lauper's work, as evidenced in her song "True Colors," is acceptance. Most of the women seen on MTV were the kind of beautiful people rarely seen in the real world, but Lauper made sure that her video was populated with regular folks doing their thing. In the book I Want My MTV, she explained: "I wanted 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' to be an anthem for women around the world - and I mean all women - and a sustaining message that we are powerful human beings. I made sure that when a woman saw the video, she would see herself represented, whether she was thin or heavy, glamorous or not, and whatever race she was."
This song has been used in numerous TV shows and commercials. One of the more successful uses was in the 1995 movie Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone. It was Silverstone's first big role after playing a vixen in some Aerosmith videos, and helped establish her as a legitimate actress. Other movie uses include To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), and Baby Mama (2008). TV shows include The Simpsons, Friends, Bones, Gilmore Girls and Miami Vice.
It didn't take long for the title of this song to get its own movie. In 1985, the unknown actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannen Doherty starred in the film Girls Just Want To Have Fun, where the song was also used.
When all of the party guests in the video are shown falling out of the bedroom in a pile when the door is opened, it was a tribute to a similar scene from the classic Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera. (thanks, Patrick - Conyers, GA)
In 2004, Carnival Cruise Lines used this in a series of commercials. (thanks, Patrick - Conyers, GA)
Weird Al Yankovic wrote a parody of this for his 1985 album Dare To Be Stupid called "Girls Just Want To Have Lunch." He wasn't keen on doing that would make fun of women, but his label insisted on having him do a Cyndi Lauper send-up as this song was very popular. (thanks, Steph - SoCal, CA)
Based on the success of this song, Lauper became part of "The Rock and Wrestling Connection." She appeared at matches for the World Wrestling Federation and managed the women's champion, Wendi Richter.
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Comments (38):

On March 1st 1984, Cyndi Lauper made her U.S. national television debut, she appeared on the NBC-TV program 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'...
At the time of her appearance on the 'Tonight Show' her debut record on the Top 100 chart, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", was at #4 on the chart...
It had entered the Top 100 on December 1st, 1983 at position #80; and on March 4th, 1984 it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 21 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
It reached #1 in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand...
The two weeks that it was at #2, the #1 record was "Jump" by Van Halen...
Ms. Lauper, born Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper, will celebrate her 61st birthday in three months on June 22rd (2014).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
A radio station recorded those little 'hoop-hoop!' sounds she makes near the end, strung about 100 of them back-to-back and made a phony commercial for the 'Cyndi Lauper Burglar Alarm.' It was hilarious.
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
There was a Sesame Street parody of this song called "Kids Just Love to Brush."
- Kent, Greensburg, PA
The simple sentiment says it all "Girls just wanna have fun". They just wanna. Don't need no explanation.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
even though i dont know Cyndi Lauper i consider her my friend. me and her have alot in common. i like to sing and she does to. she is a very beautiful woman.
- stormie, lexington, OK
i love Cyndi Lauper i think she rocks. she has an amazing voice. i love all her songs. i would like to sing girls just want to have fun with her. if she produced a movie about her life i would be perfect for it. i look like her, dress like her, and act like her. we are exactly alike. she is my rolemodel. i am her #1 fan. Cyndi Lauper rocks!!!
- stormie, lexington, OK
Cyndi Lauper's "Girl's Just Wany to Have Fun" is every New Year's Theme Song 4 me!
- AvaDavida, Atlanta, GA
Mjn Seifer, Not listed for personal reason, England, that is NOT the video for that song...at least, not here. In this video, it shows Cyndi coming home late (actually, early AM), calling her friends for a party, and them all getting together at her house for the BIG party while her parents (her real mom and Capt. Lou) wring their hands. Eventually "the boy" gets to her and gives her some flowers. During the choruses is when she and 8 girlfriends move their heads side-to-side or sway up-&-down. You gotta love the stuffy looking guy (black suit & hat) "partying down" in his stuffy way! -------------------------

"i think the song could be alot better it sucks so much why dont you have guys in it" - bryant, vermont - Two things: 1) If it's so bad, why'd you look it up? 2) The song is called "GIRLS Just Wanna Have Fun"...but there ARE guys in the vid.-------------------------

Final note: Love the vid, although it's horribly dated, and the elastics pierced into Capt. Lou's face freak me out. BTW, he also shows up in "She Bop".
- Karen, Manchester, NH
This is just my opinion, but I don't think she can sing. The songs alright but her vocals irritate me, sounds like someone's shouting at me, in a melodic song-like way haha. Maybe thats her intention for songs like these.
- Nick, Cairns, Australia
Hey, there's a remix of this on Rayman: Raving Rabbids. It's all high tech, but not as good as the original. It's still good.
- Thelones, Young, Australia
I played this song during a sleepover at my friend's house. Then we had a pillow fight.
- Lucy, Rhinebeck, NY
Jaco, Greg Laswell does the version heard in the 1st season of 'Damages'.
- Lester, New York City, NY
Actually, Captain Lou Albano was not a wrestler at the time of the video. He was a wrestling manager. Basically, he and the Grand Wizard used to manage all the "bad guy" wrestlers in the '70s, who were trying to beat the then-champ, Bruno Sammartino. Albano is a lot of fun.
- Dominick, New York, NY
I loved it when Allen Thicke said on his show " if girls just wanna have fu-un they oughta get a jo-ob"
- Brian, Medway, OH
Can anyone help with some info: a cover of this song features on the TV series Damages. Its a male singer. Would love to find it. Anybody know about it?
- Jaco, Johannesburg, South Africa
The guy who plays the synthesizer on this song is fantastic...the sound that was created laid the ground work for this sound and what makes this song timeless. The musicians that worked on this album were phenomenal, they made this song wahat it was and still is today. Great song!
- Claudia, Brooklyn, NY
This song reminds me of when I was a little girl in boarding school and my girlfriend was nude...yay!
- Kevin, San Francisco, CA
I like this one as well. Cyndi Lauper sounds a lot like Blondie in this song. Does she always? "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!" What do they do for fun? I've always pondered that.
- andrew, birmingham, United States
I love the video!!! It´s just pure fun!!!!
- Benjy, Bonn, Germany
The songs alright but the video sux and is boring. For thoese who havent seen it here is what happens:

A load of girls all sitting on the sofa, Cyndi joins them, Sings the song, Nobody moves at all - Then comes the chorus ("Girls! Wanna have fun! Girls!") When this plays the girls "have fun" by... Moving their heads side to side. Once the chorus is done the girls go back to being still as statues. This whole procss is repeated again and again...Zzzz
- Mjn Seifer, Not listed for personal reason, England
i think the song could be alot better it sucks so much why dont you have guys in it
- bryant, vermont, VT
Just the happiest, bounciest song. It was played out for years for me until my 5-year-old daughter and her friends latched on to it. The sheer love they have for it, singing and dancing along, proves what a classic it is.
- Pete, NY, NY
Happy Nation - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. used a bit of the song but the rest sounded like a run DMC song.
and to everyone who think's this song is not in the soundtrack to CLUELESS it is "GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN"
By Robert Hazard

but i think it just the music
- neil, middlesbrough, United States
This song wasnt #1? Wow. I FREWAKING LOVE THIS SONG!
and im a boy.
and staright
which is scary
- Jesse, Haddam, CT
The video was outstanding. Cyndi Lauper's real-life mother appeared in the video along with Captain Lou Albano. The cartoon bubbles were unforgettable. I enjoyed seeing the video many times on MTV.
- Howard, St. Louis Park, MN
This song was used in Steven Speilbergs movie THe Goonies and features the Film clip on the Television in Sean Aston Home in the beginning of the movie . The first Concert I attended of size was Cindy Lauper in 1985 at The Sydney entertainment Centre , Great Energy!
- Rob, Rockhampton , Australia
nice song but yes right it does get anoying after a while and lol it goes well with the carnival cruise comercial
- meagan, baton rouge, LA
I love this song. I didn't really pay attention to it until I heard the GOGO version and this song is like that.
- michelle, Hyattsville, MD
I think this song sounds so GREAT and I would dance to it whenever it comes on the radio. The title is very unique, too.
- Candice, Vancouver, Canada
I agree with Tom. But this song gets annoying after a while.
- AJ, Cleveland, GA
In concert, after the song became a hit, Cyndi would invite female audience mebers to join in a sort of "conga line" and sing along with the "they just wanna, they just wannnnaaaa...." refrain.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
In September 1994, a remixed version of this song saw it return to to the UK Top 5, under the title "Hey Now! (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)".
- Dave, Cardiff, Wales
Weird Al Yankovic did a spoof of this song called: "Girls Just Want to have Lunch."
- Brandon, Seattle, WA
No, the original song wasn't used in Clueless, but a cover version is. It's in the gym class scene.
- Krie, Ft. Drum, NY
Captain Lou Albano is also in her video for "Goonies R Good Enough" from the movie the Goonies. This video is on the dvd. Also, on Vh1's I Love the 80s they said a lot of people actually thought he was Cyndi's real father.
- Jessica, York, PA
I think you're mistaken because I don't recall this being in Clueless, but I know for sure it's not on the soundtrack.
- Jessica, York, PA
I love Cyndi Lauper's voice, especially in this song. In my opinion, she's one of the greatest female singers of all time.
- Tom, Trowbridge, England
Also to be noted there's a movie named after this song
- Jana, Alexandria, VA
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