Interview - Cyndi Lauper on The Beatles, The Stones and Joey Ramone
The singer on Annie Hall and becoming a Hallowe’en costume
First record you ever bought
Meet the Beatles!
Last extravagant purchase you made
First film you saw that really moved you
Last lie you told
I won’t be late.
First movie you ever went on a date to
I think it was Annie Hall. I didn’t go on a date movie until late into my dating career.
Last time you cried
First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Get in my pyjamas.
Last great meal you cooked
I made chicken cutlet on arugula [rocket] and tomato for my son.
Last book you read
Life by Keith Richards.
First great piece of advice you were given
Don’t take no for an answer.
Last time you were star struck
When I met [US gospel singer] Mavis Staples at the Grammys. I got to perform with her too. Wow.
First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Legalise same sex marriage and make sure all children had free health care.
Last meal on earth — what would it be
I’m trying not to think about food. I’m on a diet.
First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘Green, green grass of home’.
Last time you exploited your position to get something
I asked for money for The True Colors Fund homeless youth initiative.
First time you realised you were famous
On Hallowe’en the year 'She’s So Unusual' came out, when girls were coming to my front door dressed like me.
Last time someone criticized your work
First three words your friends would use to describe you
Loyal, honest and late.
Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Chocolate from my mini-bar in New Orleans when I played the jazz fest last weekend.
First concert you ever attended
Last time you bought someone flowers
My mother on Sunday. It was Mother’s Day here.
First object you’d save from your burning home
Last person in the world you’d sleep with
George W Bush.
Last crime you committed
Can’t say – my son may read this.
First song at your wedding
I walked down the aisle to ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ and then Patti LaBelle sang ‘Come What May’.
Last song at your funeral
‘Life’s a Gas’ by Joey Ramone.
First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
My husband and son.
Last thing you recommended to someone
First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Cyndi Lauper plays the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 23 Jun.