Interview - Cyndi Lauper on The Beatles, The Stones and Joey Ramone

  • The List
  • 30 May 2011
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
My car.

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
This morning.

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.

First crush
John Lennon.

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
The Beatles.

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
My computer.

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
iPod touch.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
My son.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
My son.

Cyndi Lauper plays the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 23 Jun.

Cyndi Lauper

Singer best known for her crazy colour hair and big 80s hit, 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'.


1. SpiritualGrl12 Jul 2011, 5:46am Report

Thanks Cyndi, for answering The List's questions. It was fun for me to learn fun things about you. Best of everything to you and your fans at your concert in Scotland. Oh... how I would love to see you in person, and over there... my grandfather came over with his parents from Ireland. Hey... "Girls just wanna have fun", ya know? ;)
Do you still have that house with the mural in the So.Cal. Hi-
Des ? I grew up in that area and always hoped I'd see you in the grocery store or something...yeah right. I'd probably be tongue-tied and stammer out something like "I see your True Colors, and that's why I love you"... and "will you sign my bologna Miss Lauper?" Sorry for the puns.. like you've never heard those before. Except the bologna part, I think?
Thank you for your hard work, music, caring and dedication. You gave us so much of yourself.. and sometimes I imagine it was quite daunting. But you hung in there and did it, Cyn. And touched my heart and didn't even know it. But now you do... thank you so much.
With Love and Respect,

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