Pop legend Cyndi Lauper is about to release another album this month. Singers that came after her, like Lady Gaga, have previously admitted that she has greatly influenced them. But did Lady Gaga also inspire Lauper as well?
“When I met Lady Gaga [in 2009], I think I woke up,” Lauper told Rolling Stone. She recalled how she was made to be “a more conventional pop star” when she first started out in the ’80s.”The suits would say to me, ‘Your image is so big, I can’t hear you sing.’ But those are corporate people who don’t understand performance art…and I got plainer and plainer and plainer. I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “Who the [expletive] are you?” I think I was floundering.” Getting to know Lady Gaga somehow liberated her. “I’ll have freaking coloured hair when I want!” she said.
“(I) got fed up with the whole industry,” she later admitted to the Belfast Telegraph. “I was at the same company way too long.” Lady Gaga, whom she calls “my little sister freak,” helped her through it. “She started dancing and I said, ‘Gosh, I used to dance like that, too.’ She looked at me and said, ‘Cyn, how do you think I learned!'”
Meanwhile, Lauper reportedly never thought of Madonna was her rival. “She’s great,” Lauper was quoted as saying. “She always did great. We were like apples and oranges. I always hated it when they (the media) pitted us together. I never felt in competition, except when the press did that.”
Lauper and Madonna both released their debut albums in 1983. “Sisterhood is a powerful thing, and everybody influences everybody else. If we don’t, why are we on the planet?” she said.
Cyndi Lauper’s upcoming album, “Detour,” will hit record stores on May 6th. You can pre-order it here.