Monday, April 28, 2008

Blue Angel - Blue Angel - 1980

What was Cyndi Lauper doing before singing about girls wanting to have fun. She was fronting the new wave pop band Blue Angel. If you like Cyndi, then I think you'll like this as well. She sounds great, but has a little more rock and roll to her here.

Here she does the song "I'm Gonna Be Strong" which she re-recorded in 1994 as a solo artist. I love the later version which I have on her "12 Deadly Cyns" best of compilation, but I love this version too. Every note is perfect and when she gets to that big climactic finish, look out, we're talking shivers.

The song was written back in 1963 for Frankie Laine, but he didn't have a hit with it. The following year Gene Pitney did. But it was Cyndi who really made the song her own. Read more about the song here.

This album was re-released on CD in 2005 on some small label. I don't know how easy it is to find. I'm sure with the internet you can find it. The songs all sound and feel like early 80's New Wave pop for the most part. If you are into that, you'll like this. For more on the record and tha band go here.

"Maybe He'll Know" kicks off the record with a bang. Great Cyndiness and a bouncy fun beat. It's happy and has a fun little keyboard thing going on under the vocals.

I also like "Fade" which has a retro 60's vibe to it with an 80's new wave take. In fact I think that is a fair summation of the whole record. That shouldn't really be too much of a surprise. If you think about those early days of Cyndi Lauper her whole image had a sort of thrift store retro thing going on. Remember all those bracelets and thrift store dresses and skirts. She definitely had one foot in the past.

By the way if you ever have a chance to see Cyndi Lauper live these days, I highly recommend it. I never saw her in the 80's, so I have nothing to compare it to, but she really rocks the house down. I saw her a few years ago and was so completely blown away. He voice is I think stronger than ever before and she dances and runs around that stage like a mad woman. She came out into the audience and sang as well. She was great. And then of course the ballads live "Time After Time" and "True Colors" were amazing. I'm pretty sure "True Colors" brought tears to my eyes.

So if you can't see her (actually, I really don't even know if she is touring right now), but you need a Cyndi fix, check this early relic out.


01 Maybe He'll Know.m4a
02 I Had A Love.m4a
03 Fade.m4a
04 Anna Blue.m4a
05 Can't Blame Me.m4a
06 Late.m4a
07 Cut-Out.m4a
08 Take A Chance.m4a
09 Just The Other Day.m4a
10 I'm Gonna Be Strong.m4a
11 Lorraine.m4a
12 Everybody's Got Angel.m4a

Here's the whole thing. Blue


dhollyfield said...

"...Cyndi really made the song ("I'm Gonna Be Storng") hers"! Nobody, including the great Lauper cuts Pitney on this song! It was his signature song for years. She did a good job, but he owns it and always will. I'm sure that if you asked her, she would agree.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the review! I love Cyndi Lauper, but Pitney is aces.


Dan H.

Spencer said...

Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to have to go back and listen to Gene Pitney again. You've got me wondering. You could very well be right that I mispoke about Cyndi owning the song. I may have overstated my case. Either way I love this version of the song.



Matracas said...

Funny thing; in the mid 80's a local TV station had a daily 30 min videos show..first they would tape them from Mtv and play them but then there was a service called "Rock America" which I think you could buy videos individually. Anyway, they played the video for "I had a love" several times, but the first time they did the VJ said "Please look closely at the singer of this group, she looks a lot like Cyndi Lauper"...little dufus, it was her.

mystere's moonbat slayer club said...

I used to DJ back in the early to early mid 1980s at a California Community College. When Cyndi Lauper came out with Girls Just Want To Have Fun, I purchased the album "She's So Unusual". Then at a used record store, I got a hold of Blue Angel's single "I Had A Love" (Polydor Records). Afterwards, Polydor reissued the Blue Angel album, which I purchased at Tower Records. If you do an image search for Blue Angel, you will come across various picture sleeves of singles they released around the world. I Had A Love was the first single released in the United States.

Spencer said...

Thanks for the info. I'll give it a search.