Where Are They Now: ’80s New Wave Musicians

The 1980s were a special time for many of us, full of both fond and embarrassing memories.

Whether you were a Madonna clone, a hair band groupie or worshipped at the electronica altar of Depeche Mode, chances are you listened to — and loved — the music of some of the following bands. From Devo to Duran Duran to Culture Club and the Cure, here’s a look at some of the most popular musicians of the decade and where they are now.

Cyndi Lauper

For more than three decades Cyndi Lauper has wowed audiences and critics alike, while maintaining her unique style and outspoken sensibility. Now the 80s icon prepares to introduce herself to a fresh generation of listeners with her latest release, “Bring Ya To The Brink.”

The Queens, N.Y., native first captured the nation’s attention in 1983, when her debut album, “She’s So Unusual,” propelled her to international superstardom.

The album spawned four Billboard Top 5 singles: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “All Through the Night,” and her paean to masturbation, “She Bop.”

With her multi-hued hair and outrageous outfits, Lauper embodied the 1980s punk-pop hybrid. Her video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” starring professional wrestler Capt. Lou Albano as her dad, made her an MTV staple.

In 1985 Lauper picked up the Grammy for Best New Artist, cementing a place in pop history. Her record sales have surpassed 25 million worldwide.

Unlike many other artists of her time, she has maintained an active music career, as well as undertaking various on-screen roles in films and television series.

Along with the release of her new album, this year brings the return of her second annual True Colors tour. Lauper launched the 24-city show last year to raise awareness about gay rights and promote equality for gays and lesbians.

Lauper conceived of the tour, she said, “to give back to the community for the love and support they have given throughout my career.”

Her sister Ellen is a lesbian, and another inspiration for the tour. The tour puts Lauper on stage with various other artists including the ’80s great “Love Shack” band, The B52’s, and current alternative scene star, Regina Spektor.

Did You Know?

 Lauper was sent to a Catholic school in upstate New York that seemed more like a convent. She said she fled the school after a nun saw her scratching the back of another girl, physically attacked her and called her a lesbian.

 Lauper’s boyfriend throughout the 1980s, David Wolff, was a huge wrestling fan, and came up with the idea of doing cross-promotion with the World Wrestling Federation. Lauper appeared at the 1985 Grammy Awards (where she won for best new artist) with wrestler Hulk Hogan as her bodyguard. She was also part of a complicated story line featuring Captain Lou Albano and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

 Steven Spielberg asked Lauper to be the musical director of his movie “The Goonies.” The movie’s theme song, “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” spawned another hit for Lauper and a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance in a movie.

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