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"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album She's So Unusual
B-side "Right Track Wrong Train"
Released September 6, 1983 (1983-09-06)
Format
Recorded June 1983; The Record Plant (New York City)
Genre
Length 3:52
Label
Writer(s) Robert Hazard
Producer(s)
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
  • "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  • (1983)
Music sample

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is a song recorded by American recording artist Cyndi Lauper.[1] It was the first major single released by Lauper as a solo artist and the lead-off single from her debut album She's So Unusual. Lauper’s version gained recognition as a feminist anthem and was promoted by an award-winning video. It has been covered on either an album or in live concert by over 30 other artists.

The single was Lauper's breakthrough hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a worldwide hit throughout late 1983 and early 1984. It remains one of Lauper's signature songs and was a widely popular song during the era of its release, the 1980s. The "Rolling Stone & MTV: '100 Greatest Pop Songs': 1-50", "Rolling Stone: "The 100 Top Music Videos"" and the "VH1: 100 Greatest Videos" lists ranked the song at No. 22, No. 39 and No. 45, respectively.[2][3][4] The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Background[edit]

With the inclusion of promotional releases, the single has seen about 40 individual versions of release.[citation needed] The most common is a 7" vinyl single (with varying cover artwork) released in 1983/1984 (depending on the country) and the second most common is a 12" vinyl single (also with varying cover artwork) released in 1983/1984.

The song was written by Robert Hazard, who only recorded a demo of it in 1979. He wrote it from a male point of view. For Lauper's version, she changed the lyrics slightly to allow it to be performed by a female and Hazard approved the minor changes. Her version appeared on her 1983 debut solo record, She's So Unusual. It is a synthesizer-backed anthem about the roles of women in society and is considered by many to be a feminist classic of the era.[citation needed] Gillian G. Gaar, author of She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll (2002), described the single and corresponding video as a "strong feminist statement", an "anthem of female solidarity" and a "playful romp celebrating female camaraderie."[5]

The variety of releases of the single includes an Austrian birthday card with a 3" CD of the song inside. The song has been heavily distributed in karaoke version as well. Lauper later went on to completely re-work the song in 1994 resulting in the new hit "Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)". The song was remade by Lauper yet again in 2005 on her The Body Acoustic album, also produced by Chertoff and Wittman with Lauper, with guest support vocals from Japanese pop/rock duo Puffy AmiYumi.

Music video[edit]

Lauper and Albano in the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" music video, directed by Edd Griles.

The release of the single was accompanied by a quirky music video. It cost less than $35,000, largely due to a volunteer cast and the free loan of the most sophisticated video equipment available at the time. The cast included professional wrestling manager "Captain" Lou Albano in the role of Lauper's father while her real mother, Catrine, played herself (Cyndi would later return the favor by appearing in WWF storylines opposite Albano and guest-starring in an episode of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, where she announces Albano is missing because of a letter he wrote her, with part of it torn off leaving out an important detail). Lauper's attorney, Elliot Hoffman, appeared as her uptight dancing partner. Also in the cast were Lauper's manager, David Wolf, her brother, Butch Lauper, fellow musician Steve Forbert, and a bevy of secretaries borrowed from Portrait/CBS, Lauper's record label.

Lorne Michaels (Broadway Video, SNL), another of Hoffman's clients, agreed to give Lauper free run of his brand new million-dollar digital editing equipment, with which she and her producer created several first-time-ever computer generated images of Lauper dancing with her buttoned-up lawyer, leading the entire cast in a snake-dance through New York streets and ending up in Lauper's bedroom in her home. The bedroom scene is a homage to the famous stateroom scene in the Marx Brothers' film A Night at the Opera.

Before the song starts, the beginning of her version of "He's So Unusual" plays.

The music video was directed by Edd Griles. The producer was Ken Walz while the cinematographer was Francis Kenny. The treatment for the video was co-written by Griles, Walz, and Cyndi Lauper. The video was shot in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in summer 1983 and premiered on television in December 1983.[6] The choreography was by a New York dance and music troupe called XXY featuring Mary Ellen Strom, Cyndi Lee and Pierce Turner.

Critical reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year By List Work Ranked
1993 Rolling Stone The 100 Top Music Videos[3] "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" 22
1999 MTV 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made[7] 58
2001 VH1 100 Greatest Videos[4] 45
2006 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's[8] 23

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1983 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" American Video Awards for Best Female Performance Won
1984 MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year Nominated
MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist Nominated
MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video Won
MTV Video Music Award for Best Concept Video Nominated
MTV Video Music Award – Viewer's Choice Nominated
MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance Nominated
1985 Grammy Award for Record of the Year Nominated
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

Commercial performance[edit]

The song was released in late 1983 but much of the its success on the charts came during the first half of 1984. The single reached the Top 10 in over 25 countries and reached No. 1 in ten of those countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and Norway. It also reached No. 2 in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

In the United States, the song entered the Hot 100 at No. 80 on December 17, 1983. It ultimately peaked at No. 2 (behind Van Halen's "Jump") on March 10, 1984 where it stayed for two weeks.[9][10] In the United Kingdom, the song entered the chart at No. 50 on January 14, 1984 and peaked at No. 2 on February 4, 1984 where it stayed for one week.[11] In Ireland, the song entered the chart on January 29, 1984. It peaked at number one for two weeks and was on the chart for a total of seven weeks.[12] In Belgium, the song debut at No. 38 on February 18, 1984 and peaked at No. 4 on April 7, 1984.[13] In the Netherlands, the song entered the chart at No. 38 on February 25, 1984 and peaked at No. 4 on March 31, 1984.[14]

In Sweden, the song entered at No. 13 on March 6, 1984 and peaked at No. 5 on April 3, 1984, charting for six weeks.[15] In Switzerland, the song entered the chart at No. 15 on April 1, 1984 and peaked at No. 6 on April 29, 1984.[16] In New Zealand, the song debuted at No. 21 on April 1, 1984 and peaked at No. 1 on May 6, 1984 where it stayed for three weeks.[17] In Austria, the single entered at No. 3 on May 1, 1984 which was its peak position.[18]

Cover versions[edit]

Katy Perry performing the song as a duet with Nicki Minaj

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" has been covered by many artists, including Katy Perry, Kelly Rowland, Emilie Autumn, Estelle, Miley Cyrus, The Cheetah Girls, The Killers, Jessie J, and Aloha from Hell.

  • The Chipettes recorded a popular cover version for the 1984 Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "The Greatest Show-Offs on Earth" and the soundtrack Songs from Our TV Shows. A new recording was released on the 1990 soundtrack Rockin' Through the Decades.
  • The band Exude recorded their version in 1984, retitled as "Boys Just Want to Have Sex".
  • Big Daddy recorded a version for the 1985 album, Meanwhile...Back in the States, released by the Rhino record company.[19]
  • Also in 1985, "Weird Al" Yankovic released a parody entitled "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch" for his album Dare to Be Stupid.
  • Rapper Cam'ron used reworked melodies and interpolations of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" in his 2004 single "Girls", which features R&B singer Mona Lisa.
  • Greg Laswell's slow version of the song was used in 2007 in an episode of the television series Damages and in 2009 appeared on the soundtracks for the films Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister's Keeper. Laswell's version of the song was covered in the third season of the TV show Glee.[20] His version was also featured in Suburgatory.
  • The electronic band Starfucker covered Lauper's song on their 2009 EP Jupiter.
  • In 2010, the Spanish folk metal band Mägo de Oz cover the song, along with "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" on the "Que el Viento Sople a Tu Favor" single, promoting Gaia III: Atlantia.
  • During the first season of Being Erica, Erica (Erin Karpluk) and her friend Jenny (Paula Brancati) sang the song twice in one episode: once at a karaoke bar (present day) and in a flashback scene at her Bat Mitzvah during the 2009 episode, "Adultescence".[21]
  • In the Daria "Legends of the Mall" episode, Metalmouth's teeth picked up a radio station playing the song.
  • In 2012, the song was covered in the film Barbie: The Princess and the Popstar, and was retitled as "Princesses Just Want to Have Fun", sung by Jennifer Waris.
  • A cover can be heard on the 2012 video game Sleeping Dogs, where the player can play the song in a SingStar type of mini-game.
  • On Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch, Grundgetta and a couple other Grouch girls sang a parody of the song, "Grouch Girls Don't Wanna Have Fun".
  • VeggieTales recorded a version of this song called "Gourds Just Want to Have Fun", sung by Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, on their album Bob and Larry Sing the 80's.
  • Relient K covered the song for their 2011 cover album, Is for Karaoke.
  • The song appears in the 2013 video game BioShock Infinite with the original barrel organ instrumental cover of the song.
  • X Factor Australia 2013 runner-up Taylor Henderson covered the song in the final and it reached the number 2 position on the Australian singles charts. It was included on his debut album Taylor Henderson.[citation needed]
  • "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is a same-titled song by reggae musician Shaggy, featuring American female rapper Eve. The song, with completely different lyrics, samples in the chorus Lauper's song. It was released as the official lead, and second overall single from Shaggy's eleventh studio album, Rise and charted in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Poland.

Usage in media[edit]

The song has been used in various television series, films and video games including Bones, Married... with Children, Daria, Gilmore Girls, Girlfriends, Friends, The Simpsons, The Comeback, High Chaparall, Sexo y otros secretos, Medium,WWE Raw and BioShock Infinite, and also in films, such as Naughty Boys, Peter's Friends, Zärtliche Begierde, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Riding in Cars with Boys, Hysterical Blindness, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Night of the Comet, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, "The Other Woman", Never Dance Alone and Killer Karaoke.

It was prominently featured in the pilot episode of Miami Vice, in a scene on Miami Beach where shots of seemingly a woman's legs walking in a dress and high heels are shown. While the song is playing it is revealed that it is the male gangster Trini DeSoto played by Martin Ferrero who is dressed up like a woman to conceal his identity.

An episode of Da Ali G Show featured character Borat Sagdiyev making reference to the song when introducing a segment about country music. "In Kazakhstan, country music very popular. Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Cyndi Lauper. Girls just want to have fuck".

Track listings[edit]

7" Vinyl Single
  • "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" — 3:55,(R. Hazard)
  • "Right Track Wrong Train" — 4:40 (C. Lauper, E. Greenwich, J. Kent)[22]
12" Vinyl Promo
  • A. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Extended Version)" — 6:08
  • B1. "Fun With V. Knutsn (Instrumental)"—7:10
  • B2. "Xtra Fun"—5:05[22]

A CD single was issued in 2007, known as a ringle, which included bonus interactive computer material as well as a code to download a free ringtone of the title track. It featured the title track and for the first time on CD, "Right Track Wrong Train". The ringle, as well as all other issued ringles, were recalled by Sony Music due to issues with the ringtone not working correctly. They have yet to be reissued.

  1. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  2. "Right Track Wrong Train"
  3. Computer media
Official versions
  • Album Version – 3:49
  • Video Version - 4:19
  • Extended version – 6:08
  • Fun with V. Knutsn (Instrumental) – 7:10
  • Xtra Fun – 5:05
  • Remix – 6:30
  • Radio remix – 3:39
  • "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (featuring Puffy AmiYumi) – 2:59
  • Extended remix – 7:24
  • More Fun remix – 5:07
Official versions (Hey Now version)
  1. Factory Dub version – 6:50
  2. Junior Vasquez remix "Dancehall Main" – 5:46
  3. Junior Vasquez remix "Harder Dancehall" – 5:46
  4. Junior Vasquez remix "Lounge Dub" – 6:00
  5. Junior Vasquez remix "Lounge Mix" – 6:12
  6. Junior Vasquez remix "Pop Goes the Dancehall" – 4:58
  7. Junior Vasquez Soundfactory mix – 7:40
  8. Mikey Bennett's "Carnival" version – 6:04
  9. Mikey Bennett's "Carnival" version edited – 4:09
  10. Single edit – 3:39
  11. Sly & Robbie's "Home Grown" version – 4:16
  12. Straight Up Pass version – 7:13
  13. Techno dub – 3:55
  14. Techno Main mix – 8:23

Credits and personnel[edit]

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  1. Lyrics: Robert Hazard. Production: Rick Chertoff.
  2. Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper, Ellie Greenwich, Jeffrey B. Kent. Production: Rick Chertoff

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[33] Gold 515,000[34]
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Gold 110,420^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Platinum+Platinum (MT)+Gold 2,500,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 6,000,000[38]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun[edit]

"(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some
Released July 25, 1994
Format CD single
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop, reggae
Length 3:54 (album version)
3:39 (single edit)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Robert Hazard
Lolly Vegas
Producer(s) Cyndi Lauper
Jimmy Bralower
Certification Silver (BPI)
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"Hat Full of Stars"
(1993)
"(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
(1994)
"I'm Gonna Be Strong"
(1994)

"(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was the first single from Cyndi Lauper's Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some hits collection from 1994. The first charting single on Billboard Hot 100 since 1989 "My First Night Without You".

This song is a new reggae-tinged arrangement of Lauper's own "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" standard, with a musical tip of the hat to Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love". The arrangement evolved as she experimented with the song's style over the course of the 1993-94 Hat Full of Stars Tour. The song was a big comeback hit for Lauper, landing in the top 10 and top 40 in many countries. It was also a big dance hit in the United States. It peaked at #4 in the UK and New Zealand, its highest position.

"Hey Now" plays over the closing sequence and credits of the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

Track listing[edit]

US CD single
  1. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (single edit)
  2. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Mickey Bennett's version)
  3. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Sly & Robbie's Home Grown version)
  4. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Vasquez remix)
  5. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (original version)
Japanese CD single
  1. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (single edit)
  2. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Mickey Bennett's version)
  3. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Sly & Robbie's Home Grown version)
  4. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Vasquez remix)
French CD Single
  1. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  2. "Hat Full of Stars"
  1. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (single edit) – 3:39
  2. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Mickey Bennett's "Carnival" version featuring Patra)
  3. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Sly & Robbie's "Home Grown" version featuring Snow)
  4. "(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Junior Vasquez Remix "Pop Goes the Dancehall" featuring Snow)
  5. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (original version)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994–95) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 62
French SNEP Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart 56
Irish Singles Chart 10
Japanese International Singles Chart 8
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart 38
Swiss Singles Chart 37
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100 87

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United Kingdom Silver 200,000[39]

Race for Life version[edit]

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
Single by Race for Life
Released April 26, 2010
Format 7", Digital Download
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop,
Length 3:22
Label Epic, Portrait, CBS
Writer(s) Robert Hazard
Producer(s) Rick Chertoff, William Wittman

In 2010 Cancer Research UK's arranged for a charity record for their Race for Life campaign. It features many famous faces such as EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh, Life of Riley actress Caroline Quentin, glamour girl Danielle Lloyd, X Factor finalist Lucie Jones, singer Sonique (herself a breast cancer survivor) and former EastEnders actress Lucy Benjamin also Celebrity Big Brother's Nicola T.[40]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 107
UK Indie Chart 7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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