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Cyndi Lauper vs. B-52s: Who's bigger?

Eighties fans love everything in jumbo size: big hair, big wine coolers and big, BIG legends from their decade to headline the summer tour season.

Tonight's True Colors at Ruth Eckerd Hall brings two mighty contenders to town: the B-52s and Cyndi Lauper, who gets the nod as the headliner. But really, should she?

Steve Spears and Sean Daly, our Stuck in the '80s experts, have agreed to battle it out: Which '80s act deserves the top spot in True Colors?

The B-52s

1. Booty-bots! Eroti-bots! Making love in zero gravity! Who could ask for anything more? The B-52s' funky new Funplex is vastly superior — and sexier — than Cyndi's clunky new Bring Ya to the Brink.

2. The classics: If you crave a Party Out of Bounds, only our friends from Athens, Ga., can accommodate with Love Shack, Planet Claire and Rock Lobster.

3. The pure mystical power: This just in . . . B-52s music cures arthritis, joint discomfort, back pain and everything thing else caused by sitting through a long summer concert!

Steve Spears, Times staff writer

Cyndi Lauper

1. The 54-year-old still indulges in her so-unusual shtick. But beneath all of that eye-rolling cheekiness is one of the great voices in the pop canon, a little-girl-lost quaver with big-girl repercussions. Check out her 2003 cover of Walk on By.

2. Even though she spent way too much time with Captain Lou Albano, we're still talking about Lauper in reverent tones. Rowdy Roddy Piper should be so lucky.

3. With the exception of the Village People's YMCA and the Divinyls I Touch Myself, there's never been such a widely accepted song of sexual expression as Lauper's self-congratulatory She Bop. "They say I better get a chaperone / Because I can't stop messin' with the danger zone."

Sean Daly, Times pop music critic


True Colors

Tonight's show is a benefit to promote equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The lineup includes Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Rosie O'Donnell, Deborah Cox, the Cliks and host Carson Kressley. 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 to $145. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400,

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