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Cyndi Lauper talks classic country, switching genres, balancing art and commerce and more

Cyndi Lauper

Chapman Baehler

Cyndi Lauper

Girls Just Want to Have Fun. True Colors. Time After Time. She Bop. Cyndi Lauper's biggest hits are among the quintessential pop songs of the 1980s, a decade that persists in flexing inexhaustible influence over the modern music landscape.

But while the rest of the pop world keeps trying to recapture the chipper, cheery sound she brought to the top of the charts, Lauper has had her sights set elsewhere.

In 2008, she released a dance album, Bring Ya to the Brink. In 2010 came Memphis Blues, a collection of classic soul and blues covers. In 2012, she scored one of her biggest critical triumphs by writing the music for the Broadway smash Kinky Boots. And in May, she dropped Detour, an album steeped in classic country, rockabilly and swing.

"I never took from just one genre," she said in a conference call with journalists before launching her new tour, which stops at Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 8. "Even Girls Just Want to Have Fun — it's Jamaican, it's street and it's Motown-ish, all mixed together. That's why it sounds like that. But it's a pop format. Don't ask me; that's how it was."

Lauper performs at 8 p.m. June 8 at Ruth Eckerd Hall; tickets are $43.75 and up. Click here for details.

For more with Cyndi Lauper, click here for our interview.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:53pm]

    

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