Song of the Day, October 23: Witness by Cyndi Lauper

LauperShesSoToday’s song helps prove the title of Cyndi Lauper’s stellar debut, She’s So Unusual. Packed with hits, the disc dominated the airwaves in 1984 and won the singer that year’s Best New Artist Grammy. It established her talent for infectious pop and sensitive ballads and anchored her quirky, independent personality in the public consciousness. Among the hits and camp lurks a brilliant song that seldom gets the attention it deserves.

Witness has a reggae feel, a propulsive groove that fits neatly in the mix while standing out as a dynamo all its own. Written by Lauper with former Blue Angel bandmate John Turi, it’s a powerful dissection of a broken relationship. Lauper makes the most of her unique vocal talents, turning in the album’s edgiest singing. It’s an amazing moment in a set of wonderful tracks.

Enjoy this brilliant song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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