Spectacular moment from the 80s: Patti and Cyndi

5 January 2014

A snippet of this duet was played this week in Cyndi Lauper’s terrific interview on NPR’s “On the Media” (worth listening to/ watching in its entirety), and its jaw-dropping pleasures — what Cyndi can do to keep up with a singer as breathtaking as Patti LaBelle — gave me such pleasure that I got all sentimental for the music, not to mention women’s clothing of the era. You can see here, with Cyndi’s hat and jacket, that beautiful moment in time that made possible Madonna’s great outfits from Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), which I’ve got to watch again if for no other reason than Aidan Quinn at his most beautiful.

So watch, listen, and tell me if it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes for all the right reasons.

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3 Responses to “Spectacular moment from the 80s: Patti and Cyndi”

  1. Servetus Says:

    I *adored* this song at the time.

    Are you taking a nostalgic turn?

    • Didion Says:

      You might well imagine a nostalgic turn, what with my attention to the 1980s lately. Part of it is accidental — once I’d committed to the Female Buddy Movies theme, I found a whole lotta great movies from the 80s. But I’ll admit I cried at the beauty of this duet and Lauper’s interview, which was so full of feminist astuteness that I fell in love with her all over again. That whole “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” thing was just the tiniest aspect of her life and character, even if it earned her a paycheck.


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