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Living In The Video: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

by Maxwell Tielman


This week marks August’s half-way point, meaning that we are almost on our way to September and the end of summer. I don’t know about you, but these final weeks of the season instill in me a certain type of restlessness—a desire to get out and make the most of the remaining warm weather and vacation days before everybody gets back into their usual groove. This is why Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, by the legendary Ms. Cyndi Lauper, seemed so pertinent. Produced for a mere $35,000 (pennies as far as major music videos are concerned), the video is a true testament to people’s desire to just have fun. Rather than spending the big bucks on cast members, Lauper was able to enlist her friends and colleagues to take part in this frenzied Lower-East-Side dancing spree. Lauper’s mother, brother, manager, and even attorney play bit parts in the video, heeding its timeless call to celebration. Don’t let these last August days go to waste, y’all! Take a page from Cyndi’s playbook and don some winged sunglasses, your best frazzled red hair, and as much jewelry as your body can possibly hold, and go have fun! —Max


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