She Bop

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"She Bop"
Ps sb1.jpg
7-inch vinyl single
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album She's So Unusual
B-side"Witness"
ReleasedJuly 2, 1984
Recorded1983
StudioRecord Plant
(New York City)
GenreNew wave
Length3:47
4:36 (video version)
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rick Chertoff
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"Time After Time"
(1984)
"She Bop"
(1984)
"All Through the Night"
(1984)
Music video
"She Bop" on YouTube

"She Bop" is a song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, released as the third single from her debut studio album She's So Unusual. It reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1984. Worldwide, the song is her most commercially successful single after "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time", and reached number 46 on the UK Singles Chart and number 6 on the ARIA Singles Chart. "She Bop" was her third consecutive Top 5 on the Hot 100.

Song information[edit]

The song was considered controversial, as it dealt with the subject matter of female masturbation. It was also included on the Parents Music Resource Center's "Filthy Fifteen" list, due to its sexual lyrics; this led to the creation of the Parental Advisory sticker. (Other songs on the "Filthy Fifteen" list included tracks by Madonna, Prince, and AC/DC.) In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Lauper stated that she recorded the vocals of the song while nude.[1]

Lauper has stated that finding a copy of Blueboy lying around in the recording studio provided the impetus for writing "She Bop".[2]

The single has been released in over 32 variations across the world, the most common being a two-track 7" single (with varying covers) and a two-track 12" vinyl single (also with varying covers).

Lauper recorded a quieter version of the song for her 2005 album The Body Acoustic.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"She Bop" was released on July 2, 1984 and became a success. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 52 in the issue dated July 21, 1984,[4] and spent a total of 18 weeks on the chart, reaching a peak position of No. 3 in the issue dated September 8, 1984.[5] It was the third single from Lauper's debut album to make the top 10 of the Hot 100.[6] The single also reached number 10 on the Hot Dance/Club Play Songs chart the week of September 15, 1984,[7] and placed at 34 on the Billboard year-end chart of 1984.[8] On April 17, 1989, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the shipment of half a million copies across the United States.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Edd Griles.[10] Mark Marek designed the characters in the animated sections of this music video, which were produced and directed by Jerry Lieberman, of NYC's Jerry Lieberman Productions,[11] and the cover of the US 12" version.[12] Wendi Richter and Lou Albano appear in the video, with Richter lip-synching the first line of the song.

The video expands upon the references to masturbation in the song's lyrics, although not overtly.[13] Among the images presented are an upright bottle shooting mayonnaise into the air, a sign at a gas station that displays 'GIT OFF HERE', gas pumps (labelled 'good x', 'better xx', 'nirvana xxx', 'single', and 'multiple'), a large sign that reads "Self Service", and a dance sequence where Lauper portrays a blind person with a cane – a reference to the myth that masturbation causes blindness.[13] Most of the more blatant references appear during the animated instrumental sequence, although subtle images are seen throughout the live action scenes.

At the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was nominated for "Best Female Video", but lost to Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It".[14]

Formats and track listings[edit]

US/UK 7" single[15][16]

  1. "She Bop" – 3:47
  2. "Witness" – 3:40

US 12" single[17]

  1. "She Bop" (Special Dance Mix) – 6:16
  2. "She Bop" (Instrumental) – 6:30

UK 12" single[18]

  1. "She Bop" (Special Dance Mix) – 6:16
  2. "She Bop" (Instrumental) – 5:20 (stated)
  3. "Witness" – 3:40

Official versions[edit]

  1. Album version – 3:42
  2. Single version – 3:47 (7" single)
  3. Special dance mix – 6:27 (12" single)
  4. Instrumental – 5:21 (12" single)
  5. Video mix – 4:35 (Philippines 7" single)[19]
  6. Live at Le Zenith (Recorded 1987) – 5:12 (From Heading West UK single – CD & 12" versions)
  7. Live at Irvine Meadows (Recorded 1983) – 5:20 (From She's So Unusual 2000 CD reissue)
  8. The Body Acoustic Version – 4:16 (From The Body Acoustic)
  9. Live (True Colors Live 2008) – 3:46 (From True Colors Live 2008 EP)[20]
  10. Live at the Warehouse, Memphis – 4:04 (From To Memphis, with Love)
  11. Live (Front and Center Presents) – 3:59 (From Front and Center Presents Cyndi Lauper) (2014)[21]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Won

Nominations

Cover versions[edit]

  • Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok recorded a Cantonese and a Mandarin version of the song, both called "絕對美麗".
  • Greek band Matisse covered the song for their 2007 album, Toys Up.
  • In July 2008, J-pop singer Nana Kitade covered "She Bop" for the album We Love Cyndi – Tribute to Cyndi Lauper; another version of the cover was featured on her 2009 album Bondage.
  • South Korean pop singer Wax covered the song. Her version of it is called "Oppa", which means "Brother".
  • American heavy metal band GWAR performed a version of the song in October 2015 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series, in a medley with The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop".[46]
  • Ex-Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman, covered the song for his 2019 album Shuffle.

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