68 posts categorized "CYNDI LAUPER"

Dec 07 2014
Holiday Cheers & Jeers: Cyndi Lauper & Friends Support The Reason For The Season Comments (0)
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20 bonus shots in the gallery above

Last night was the fourth annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends Home for the Holidays concert to benefit her True Colors Fund. The lineup was so eclectic as to almost be off-putting; we're so used to compartmentalized music it seemed jarring to consider hearing Cyndi, Metric, Sufjan Stevens, 50 Cent, Nataline Maines and Salt-N-Pepa all on one bill.

Cyndi-Lauper-Home-for-the-Holidays-set-listThe full set list, courtesy of Gregory Pace

But the diversity of artists led to a long, fun, interesting show, one spiked with equal parts good cheer and defiance.

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Emcees Rosie O'Donnell and Laverne Cox were a curious yin and yang, with O'Donnell condemning Woody Allen and Bill Cosby while Cox preferred “happy thoughts” and red-carpet posing.

Rosie-ODonnell-Laverne-CoxYour mistresses of ceremonies

RosieOf her fellow comic, O'Donnell said:

“Twenty-three women in their seventies just woke up and thought, 'What should I do today? Go to Target, or fuck up Bill Cosby's life?' I say he's guilty, and it's sad because it's like a death: We lost Joan, we lost Robin, and we lost Bill Cosby. That's what it feels like to me.”

The crowd approved. But there was a mixed response when she invoked the Hands Up, Don't Shoot! and I Can't Breathe populist outrage that protesters not far away were expressing—some boos, some oohs, some cheers. O'Donnell was perplexed.

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Nov 16 2014
Get KINKY! Comments (0)

Cyndi-Lauper

Your big chance to meet Cyndi Lauper in NYC is here!

 
Nov 03 2014
#dead: Songs To Play At My Funeral Comments (0)

Gay-funeral-1Come and get it come and get it come and get it...actual journal pages of mind from my teen years.

When you're as obsessive a journal-writer as I was—I wrote in one every day for probably 12 or more years—you eventually hit the need for filler. On one particularly morbid day in the life of a morbidly obese teenager, I decided to write down all the songs I wanted played at my funeral.

I'm not sure what gloomy thoughts I was having to make me feel so ready to...go into the light...but the songs are pretty hysterical. Was it my intention to force “Need a Man Blues” on my grieving extended family as a way of rubbing their noses in who the real Matthew was? (Horny, vindictive.)

And just imagine the people glancing at their watches during “Paninaro”.

Gay-funeral-2I'm sure that Goonies soundtrack song would've provided great solace.

Not to mention the sheer timing of it all...there are about 80 songs (and many, many more), so that would have mourners seated for well over two hours, just listening to, you know, Grace Jones, Gene Loves Jezebel and the more traditional Madonna-and-Cyndi-Lauper combo.

 
Oct 23 2014
Need To Know: Terror Shooting In Canada + Elvis Photographer Has Left The Building + My Two Bits On 50 Cent + Still-TRUE BLUE + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFamed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies @ 85.

*widget boy cultureIslamic fundamentalist dies during terror shootings in Ottawa.

*widget boy cultureHomophobic 50 Cent joins Cyndi Lauper's pro-gay holiday concert.

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*widget boy cultureDo you wanna go as “Sabrina Duncan” for Halloween?

*widget boy cultureBristol Palin cussin' up a STORM after that skankified Alaskan brawl.

*widget boy cultureKeepin' 'em honest, Anderson Cooper confirms: No HIV risk from towels.

*widget boy cultureAnother fucking idiot jumps the White House fence.

*widget boy cultureMichael Brown autopsy report released.

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*widget boy cultureMadonna's 28-year-old True Blue hits Top 25 again in the UK.

*widget boy cultureGaga facilitates gay on-stage marriage proposal during her ARTPOP Ball Tour.

*widget boy cultureInsane betch gets caught in chimney.

*widget boy cultureSouth Dakota GOP Senate candidate Mike Rounds is a crook?

*widget boy cultureReporter who wrote critically of gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R-IL) resigns.

*widget boy cultureGov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was too quick to play that Ebola card.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Pena drank herself do death.

*widget boy cultureTina Fey was pissed she could so easily hire Jan Hooks.

*widget boy cultureNew Kimmo Matias album The Ministry of Pornography.

Kimmo-MatthiasAbsolutely no regrets 

 
Oct 05 2014
11 O' Clock Number: Cyndi Lauper - I'M GONNA BE STRONG Comments (0)

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Definitely Cyndi's best to belt...

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Jun 28 2014
It's Raining Divas: Martha Wash, Melba Moore, Billy Porter, Kevin Aviance & The Cast Of MIGHTY REAL On Gay Music History @ Sirius XM Comments (0)

I had so much fun during my visit to Larry Flick's Sirius XM radio show today, during which he was counting down the top gay anthems ever as part of Proud & Loud:A Celebration of Gay Anthems. Spoiler alert: “I Will Survive” came out on top, and yet as we all know, those on the bottom are often just as interesting, if not more.

Martha-Wash-Melba-Moore-Billy-PorterMs. Wash, Ms. Moore and Ms. Porter—3 divas 3

Martha Wash-Melba- MooreMartha's 60, Melba's 68—don't they look good?

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Anthony Wayne as Sylvester

Anthony Wayne performing

Anthony Wayne plus backups

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Anthony WayneAnthony Wayne, Anastacia McCleskey & Jacqueline B. Arnold slaying their star-studded audience.

Case in point, the countdown also featured songs by The Weather Girls and Melba Moore, and both Martha Wash and Ms. Moore were in attendance. It was especially cool that Martha was there, because Larry had invited Anthony Wayne, Jacqueline B. Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey, the cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, to sing two of the late, great disco diva's best-ever tunes. Martha being one half of the original Weather Girls meant she'd be watching people acting out a sliver of her own personal history.

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May 12 2014
Cher Ecstasy: A Review Of Cher's DRESSED TO KILL TOUR Comments (0)
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Above: Dozens of Dressed to Kill-er photos!

Continued from here.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW OF CYNDI LAUPER & CHER: ***1/2 out of ****

When Cher took the Dressed to Kill stage, the venue throbbed like the main artery in the middle of the guiltiest pleasure ever. She appeared beneath a gigantic set of pheasant feathers, adorned in more glitzy accoutrements than one could make from an entire discount bead store. And wearing dreads, a la Cleopatra. Her smile had that inimitable “I know, right?” quality that resides midway between intentional camp and an unapologetic love of all things tacky.

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The showgirl had arrived.

She opened the concert with “Woman's World,” her mostly dismissed lead single from her latest album, Closer to the Truth. Heard months after its release as a kick-off tune, it sounds a lot better. Like quite a few of the numbers, it was done to track, but was sold hard by Cher via her facial expressions and easy flaunting of her costume.

CHER DSC05569 copyA bold Cher-'do

She segued seamlessly (or, considering that bold costume, seamfully) into her scandalously underplayed 1998 release “Strong Enough,” which was lost on radio in the wake of “Believe.” Her gladiator-garbed backup dancers bounced around the stage with zero of the coolness of most divas' dancers; it wasn't about being cool, it was about being outrageous and flashy and inciting fun.

The projection behind her resembled a cheesy, vintage electronic one-armed bandit in all its 8bit glory.

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Probably the least satisfying aspect of the show was the fact that in order to accommodate the myriad of costume changes, Cher spent a lot of time offstage while her dancers distracted us; it felt like there were several instances in which she sang only one song before disappearing to do a medium-quick change. But this allowed for spectacles like what came next, a gaudy, blood-red, vampire-themed “Dressed to Kill,” an album track from the latest CD.

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May 11 2014
I'll Say!: Cyndi Lauper (With An Assist From Liza Minnelli & Rosie O'Donnell) Opens For Cher Comments (0)
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7, count 'em, 7 Cyndi snaps in the gallery above

Cher review is here.

I've never seen a full Cher concert. #gayshame Or rather, I'd never seen one—until Friday, when I rectified that grave oversight.

I loved Cher when I was a kid, staying up past my bedtime to watch her endlessly entertaining, kitschapalooza of a variety show with Sonny, then lost interest when her promising acting career (Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Silkwood are amazing) became a bit mainstream for my taste. I snapped out of my Cher love when she hit her schlock-rock/infomercial/Madonna-bashing phase.

Cyndi Lauper DSC05276 copyBitch is so grounded, she does her own lighting!

But over the years, Cher has won me back time and again. I personally don't see her as a compelling artist so much as a true original, which can be just as transfixing and important in its own way. She is a personality always worth listening to and watching. And I've thoroughly enjoyed both her Twitter proclamations and her post-“Believe” disco, the latter of which I believe is far superior to at least some of the music she made during the original Disco Era.

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