Cyndi Lauper / “She’s So Unusual” 30th Anniversary Celebration


Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings will issue a deluxe “30th Anniversary Celebration” edition of Cyndi Lauper‘s 1983 album She’s So Unusual at the end of March.

A two-CD deluxe will be the only format that includes an extra disc featuring nine bonus tracks, including unreleased demos and rehearsals, as well as the Arthur Baker Remix of She Bop. Some period cuts are noticeable by their absence, including (incredibly) the twelve-inch version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

The deluxe also includes a “reusable sticker set”, including vinyl cut outs of Lauper’s outfits and accessories that can be arranged in different combinations on a 3D fold-out backdrop of the bedroom featured in the Girls Just Want To Have Fun video. This special packaging explains a higher-than-expected price-tag for a 2CD deluxe edition.

Three 2013 remixes are appended to the album on CD 1 (groan), and these are also available on the standard one disc remaster. If you purchase the vinyl version it comes with a download code for the remixes (it’s not clear if this includes the album as well).

She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Celebration is released on 30 March 2014. Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on this release.

2CD Deluxe Edition

Vinyl (with download code)

Single disc remaster

 Track listing

Disc: 1

  • 1. Money Changes Everything
  • 2. Girls Just Want To Have
  • 3. When You Were Mine
  • 4. Time After Time
  • 5. She Bop
  • 6. All Through The Night
  • 7. Witness
  • 8. I’ll Kiss You
  • 9. He’s So Unusual
  • 10. Yeah Yeah
  • 11. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (2013 Yolanda Be Cool Remix)
  • 12. Time After Time (2013 Nervo Remix)
  • 13. Time After Time (2013 Bent Collective Remix)

Disc: 2 (deluxe only)

  • 1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Early Guitar Demo)
  • 2. All Through The Night (1982 rehearsal, with studio dialog)
  • 3. Rules And Regulations (1982 Rehearsal)
  • 4. Money Changes Everything (Demo)
  • 5. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Demo)
  • 6. Right Train, Wrong Track (Non LP B-Side)
  • 7. Witness (Live, Boston, 1984)
  • 8. She Bop (1983 Arthur Baker Remix)
  • 9. Time After Time (Work In Progress Rough Mix)

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I love Cyndi but i think it’s OVERPRICED. I love deluxe editions but first I prefer new songs or DVD, and there’s only one new song and as a rehearsal, so not a song indeed. And what about including SEX IS IN THE HEEL remixes sung by Cyndi 2 celebrate grammy and tony awards???

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Will NOT be buying this.

Please Sony/Cyndi – do Jason’s tracklist AND original cover art – otherwise most of us are going to pass on this one.

Florian M. Kranz

If I was responsible for deluxe editions I would try to include the originals in case of coverversions (in this case Prince’s When You Were Mine and Jules Shear’s All Through The Night and why not Miles Davis’ coverversion of Time After Time). CDs have to try new ways, for teenagers they seem to be already dead.


Also not to mention that they might have included the live bonus tracks of the Japanese reissue of last year.


That’s too bad, I went to her concert last year here in Montreal and it was was EXCELLENT but this deluxe edition is not what I expected. Not very much here except for the She Bop and Time after Time mixes the rest of the bonus material…meh….


First when I saw the “Headline” of this reissue here on SDE I got excited. After going in the details I was turned down! Her female fans may appreciate the “paper doll”-appeal of changing Cyndi’s outfits etc. But come on, I’m a guy, passed my 40th birthday a few years back! What do I do with that? I’m only interested in her music, especially the ones I liked which had vinyl 12″ Remixes unavailable on CD (or digital downloads from the mastertapes/vaults)! I have her Best Remixes CD. But I want more! So I’ll say yes to Jason’s tracklists plus Kev’s addition. Or perhaps if Sony can find a way to get her You Make Loving Fun, I will buy it (maybe even for the high price as they ask for the “changing outfits”)! At least these are the tracks I like to get.

You Make Loving Fun (Single Vocal Version) 3:34
You Make Loving Fun (Extended Dance Vocal Version) 6:15
You Make Loving Fun (Instrumental Version)
{some say it doesn’t sound like her, etc at least I would pay for these}

I don’t care much of the recent remixes (only the 80’s authentic/old fashioned extended remixes will do, unreleased ones are even better)! If we want her recent remixes we would have bought her Floor Remixes http://www.discogs.com/Cyndi-Lauper-Cyndi-Lauper-Floor-Remixes-/master/559797 But I didn’t. I also won’t consider it. I guess the sales number wasn’t good neither (without the support of the 80’s remixes fans)! Her demo’s, rehearsals if all 7″/12″/Instr/Dub/Remixes are included & some space left I don’t mind to have them included for the completeness :)

I was thinking the same thing as Steven Roberts. How many of the 5years or 10years I have left to collect all the music I loved with all their possible versions/remixes! Sony and all the other labels/companies, now is the time to cash in while you still can! Give us all the things the fans want (remixes/music videos/concerts maybe) & name your price (of course reasonable/affordable for us)! The newer generations don’t know about these 80’s artists, don’t care about all the possible remixes, perhaps just to download/purchase 1 or 2 tracks, won’t paying the price Sony/others ask for the reissues!

If the artists care about their fans they would give us the things we want. So the reissues are selling well. Perhaps the record companies will give the artists more free in doing their “new” things which might not doing good in the sales! It’s a win-win-win situation (fans/record companies/the artists)! I really hope Sony and or Cyndi will do their best in giving us/fans what we’re after all these years.


The reason things are probably being left off are specifically because of these reasons so that they get released on something that would stay on the market longer…or at least hopefully.

Steven Roberts

Yes, but the problem is that we are in the dying days of physical media – so this “30th anniversary celebration” represents the *last* realistic chance CBS/Sony/whoever have to release a deluxe edition of this title.

Plus, if they wait another 10, 15, 20 years to trot out (yet) another re-issue, will there be enough of Ms Lauper’s fans left around to actually care?


You all know that re-issues don’t have to happen on anniversaries, right? You all know that anniversary releases are usually limited editions, right? Or are they not? I guess that depends on how many are made. I hardly doubt that anyone in the next ten years are going to forget who Cyndi Lauper is. There apparently are constant re-releases and re-issues of people that I have never heard of so I doubt that she will become unmarketable because of this release either.


Don’t forget that they could have recorded a show from last year’s ’30years anniversary tour’ and include this in this Deluxe Edition (as a DVD). And include a little photo book too. Then the price would be worth it.


You can send private messages to Legacy Recordings though… but whether they read them and reply to them…


Legacy Recordings does not accept new posts, but you can reply to their posts. I did that.

This is the one for Epic Records, where you can post new comments:



Legacy Recordings FB page:


Let’s all complain!


Jason, supposedly the All Through The Night was slightly remixed for its single release? Does anyone have the 7″ vinyl single to compare both versions?

I’m guessing that the promo 7″ vinyl single of I’ll Kiss You contains the Album Version.



I certainly won’t be paying $50 and I’m a life-long fan. Remixes can be good or bad so I don’t really have a comment on that but I can’t help but wonderful if there wasn’t more available in the way of demos, etc. Glad to see Right Track Wrong Train but only 9 tracks on the second disc? For being one of the biggest albums of the 80s I think it’s safe to say this is a missed opportunity…


OK, so here are the tracks that are missing:

Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Extended Version] 6:08
Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Fun With V. Knutsn – Instrumental] 7:10
Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Extra Fun] 5:05

Time After Time [Single Version] 3:52

She Bop [Single Version] 3:38
She Bop [Special Dance Mix] 6:18
She Bop [Instrumental] 5:20

All Through The Night [Single Version] 4:29

Intro 0:19 / Money Changes Everything [That Version] 6:04
Intro 0:19 / Money Changes Everything [This Version] 5:29
Money Changes Everything [Live Single Version] 4:13
Money Changes Everything [Studio Single Version] 3:59

I’ll Kiss You ?:??

When You Were Mine [Single Version] 4:00

There was a promo vinyl single of “I’ll Kiss You”, but I don’t know if it was edited for the vinyl single release.



Thanks for the more complete listing of what is missing. I was not aware of single versions/edits of “All Through The Night” and “When You Were Mine”. Maybe even “I’ll Kiss You”? Unless it is a different mix, according to discogs.com, both the single version and album version of “All Through The Night” run 4:29 (unless the 7″ has a misprint).

Looks like I have to revise my suggested track listing. I have an idea then. Take those 12″ mixes from disc one and include the remaining single versions (“All Through The Night” and “When You Were Mine”, at the very least, and toss on “The Goonies R Good Enough” and “What A Thrill” if time permits) in their place. Move those 12″ mixes to the second disc and get rid of those 2013 remixes, which really do not belong there anyway. Make the 2013 mixes available as bonus downloads, in a lossless format, of course, with the purchase of the deluxe edition. Problem solved. :)


Sony please, then don’t be sad if this reissue is a colossal flop. I’m telling you now, so you are just in time to modify it. Awful track list, absurd price. No thanx. Only two copies are sure to be sold: one to sony and one to Cindy…. Major labels don’t want to understand that fans of the 80’s music want to have in these deluxe reissues material of that period such as 7″ and 12″ versions and their respective b sides such ad dub mixes,instrumentals, lives and non lp tracks, most of them still unreleased on cd and only playable on old and dusted vinyls. I totally agree with Jason: his track list is perfect. People like Jason, me and other 80’s fun deserve a place at Sony, Universal and Warner in order to decide track lists for reissues…. Then: dear Paul Sinclair, I agree with you when you say that there is always time in future to reissue a better done version for this album, and not only for this album, but people of the 80’s is people that today is an age between 40 and 50. When will we have eventual better reissues? Maybe when we are 60….????


Just listened to 90 seconds of one of the 2013 remixes on the iTunes pre-order page. Just as generic as you thought it might be. *sigh*

I might just buy the demos digitally. Even if they’re album-only, that’s still only $15 rather than $48.


Just to comment on something that was mentioned a couple of times in this thread:

I saw Cyndi Lauper on her most recent tour, honoring the 30th anniversary of this album by playing it in its entirety. (Awesome show, BTW.) She also talked (quite a bit) about the making of the album during the concert, and she did mention that there would be a re-release, and that there was material that they were trying to gather up for it. So she knew this was coming.

I already own the Best Remixes CD, but I agree the period remixes should be on here. And I’m really excited to hear the demos. But not at $48, that’s just absurd.

Steve Marine

What a colossal disappointment. I know you can’t please all of the people all of the time, but this is terrible. I’d be OK with the tracklisting (and just accept the fact that it’s the best we’ll ever get) if it was at a price that wasn’t INSANE. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to pay so much just for some cutesy packaging. It’s the music that we want! Ideally, Jason’s tracklisting would be the most satisfying option here. That would be worth spending the $50, with or without the stupid packaging.

I hope this will be another instance where this website influences the record company to make a change! But if not, there’s no way I would spend that much money for that tracklisting. No, no, no.

PS: Paul – Your comment about TFF recording cover versions of trendy artists had me laughing out loud. I couldn’t agree more.


RE: The price. I think it will come down before release date. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the price listed on amazon.com is an import price. There’s no way they’d charge almost $50 for a 2-disc set.

This reminds me of another head-scratching Sony reissue… George Michael’s “Faith.” The bonus disc was equally skimpy, with many of the period 12″ mixes missing. Like Paul said, sometimes the artist just doesn’t want to revisit the classic remixes.

…But I would think in most cases, that is financial suicide. Just ask Peter Gabriel. The “So” deluxe box–with no period b-sides or remixes–was quickly reduced to a bargain-basement price on amazon.com, and he was also selling copies for cheap during his European tour.

In contrast, reissues with lots of period remixes and b-sides usually seem to do pretty well (Belinda Carlisle, a-ha, Aztec Camera, U2, etc.).


Wow. Can you all not understand something else might done down the road perhaps years from now?! How in the hell do you know it would not be done? Get over yourselves!


Let’s see … we’ve already waited over 30 years for a deluxe edition of this album. So, we should just wait some more years in order to see if something more complete will be done? Seriously? Why not just do it right the first time? More than likely, this will be the last time that this album gets reissued on CD format (since it is a dying format after all). I hope that I’m wrong, and I hope that we don’t have to wait for its 40th anniversary for a new deluxe edition with the 12″ of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”.

In other words, I’ve been spoiled with the recent Belinda Carlisle and Bananarama Edsel reissues/remasters. Now that is how reissues are done! Sony (and other major labels), take note.

Yet, Paul is right, too. We do not know the circumstances surrounding this reissue. Maybe Cyndi didn’t want the 12″ of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” on there (although I doubt it). Maybe it has to do with compromising between Sony and Cyndi with regards to the track selection. Personally, I think it has to do more so with the label doing a slipshod job, forgetting key mixes and tracks and sending it out anyway. After all, isn’t it just easier to just half-ass something and put it out? Isn’t that what happened with the recent Swing Out Sister “It’s Better To Travel” 2-CD reissue? (Thankfully, that got revised with a more complete, although not perfect, track selection).


I’m not even sure all the blame should lie at Sony’s door on this; sometimes labels are lazy and idiotic, but sometimes artists are stubborn, misguided, self-absorbed and want to do things in a particular way regardless of the sense in it. Who knows the background to this set? But it is clearly not what the majority of people are wanting.


I totally opt for Jason’s tracklisting instead of the poor Sony reissue !!!

Bruno MacDonald

I adore this album and would certainly have bought this edition had it been priced sensibly and included extras that enhance rather than detract from the original; on which score I’m entirely on Paul’s side – contemporary remixes are for Soundcloud, not archival releases.

If Sony had licensed the Blue Angel album from Universal and included it, I’d even consider forking out the extortionate price.


You posted your thread whilst I was typing mine, but I think we are right on this matter, so worth repeating.


As an avid visitor to this site I enjoy reading most threads even if I am not a fan of the artist. What becomes obvious more and more is that these packages seem to have no involvement from fans of the artist or genre. As demonstrated by a previous poster above, fans have a much better idea of what a special edition etc should and should not include.
I am sure many fans would gladly become involved at the planning stage of these releases by their favourite artist, if asked,
I posted a few months ago on the ‘glam box set’ that I could have come up with a better track listing in 30 minutes than the travesty of a package that got released. That is because I am a huge fan of T.rex, Bowie and that whole genre of music from the early 70’s. I grew up with it and care about is still. This is something the people who put the package together clearly knew nothing about.
The people who buy this 30th celebration CD are probably buying it for the second or third time. Why can’t the record company give them what they want?


Jason you have pretty much nailed it. Sony, Cyndi & her team could of had a great response to this project if only they consulted fans and added them. Whilst lots of us big fans have the missing tracks it would have incredible to have them remastered and apart of this collection.

Sadly, more focus seems to have been put into the artwork/packaging. I’m excited to hear the demos and unreleased mixes.

If only a reissues company could afford to buy the rights and released SSU like the recent Bananarama reissues.


Sad and missed opportunity by Sony – I’d have bought this – even at the price – but not with the essential 7 & 12″ cuts missing – so: Sony – another lost sale


Reading and comprehension are your friend. This is not suppose to be definitive or complete. That is something that can happen in the years down the road. This is just a special “in the meantime” release. Nothing wrong with that. NOW whether you all or me myself die from old age before something more gets released is another question. :)


Now, now, Paul, TFF aren’t making anyone suffer! They want to reach a new audience, but they also said they just did it to get into the groove. Three cover versions isn’t that horrible, after all. It’s better than guys like Tom Scholz (Boston) who don’t care a thing about modern music!! If anything, ELAHE showed how disconnected from the current music scene they were…

Gregg Parish

Sony…once again, you guys are IDOITS. Look at the list that Jason put together of important mixes. You guys need to get the fans’ input moving forward before you issue a 2 disc set of this magnatude that is missing so much. Really, no Girls Just Want to Have Fun 12″… No Goonies, No Goonies 12″, No Money Changes Everything (Live)….plain and simple idiots. Really? I don’t need new remixes…they are NEVER good or listenable, for that matter and they don’t need to be on a 30th anniversary reissue. Put them on YouTube or Soundcloud, not here. Geez!

James Blair

Yep – I’d go for Jason’s track listing, too. The stickers are appropriately quirky and fun -and quite an inspired extra- but, let’s be honest, we’re primarily interested in the music. And the period tracks at that. Missing off all the hard to find & vinyl-only mixes from the time is criminal.


Maybe Nik Kershaw didn’t like the 12″ version of ‘Girls…’

Steven Roberts

Honestly, the track listing of this “30th Anniversary Deluxe Celebration” stinks to high heaven.

Now, as for Jason’s tracklisting…I’d buy that one.


Jason, your suggested version would make far too much sense to ever be accepted..! But I’d certainly buy it.


That’s “Sony”, not “Song”, by the way. ;) (No “edit” button?) What do you guys think of my proposed track selection? Did I miss anything? I did some extensive research putting this track listing together, so hopefully I got everything important for this era. I’m quite certain everything listed will fit the first disc. Not sure about the second disc, however, since I don’t have listed lengths for all tracks.

It would be nice if Sony/Legacy would reconsider the track selection before its release, at least including the main 7″ and 12″ mixes. However, I’m quite certain that would be a “no”.


This fails on just about every level for me. Design, content, price, omissions….big fat NO, sorry.


Wow. What a missed opportunity! The track selection makes very little sense. How about including all the main 7″ and 12″ mixes on disc one? Throw the demos, rehearsals, extras, and 2013 mixes on disc 2 as bonuses. No, instead, we’ll leave off the 12″ mix of the classic “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and randomly throw some 2013 mixes in there. Record companies just do not get it. I’ll pass.

Song/Legacy, here’s an idea:

The Original Album:
01. Money Changes Everything
02. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
03. When You Were Mine
04. Time After Time
05. She Bop
06. All Through The Night
07. Witness
08. I’ll Kiss You
09. He’s So Unusual
10. Yeah Yeah
Bonus Tracks – The 7″ Singles:
11. Right Track, Wrong Train [Non-LP 7″ Single B-Side of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”]
12. Time After Time [7″ Single Edit]
13. She Bop [7″ Single Remix]
14. Money Changes Everything [Live – 7″ Single Edit]
15. Money Changes Everything [Studio Version – 7″ Single Edit]
Bonus Tracks – The 12″ Singles:
16. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [12″ Extended Remix]
17. She Bop [12″ Extended Dance Mix]
18. Money Changes Everything [That Version – Live Extended]

Disc Two:
Bonus Tracks – Extras:
01. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Fun With V. Knutsn – Instrumental]
02. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Xtra Fun]
03. She Bop [12″ Instrumental]
04. Money Changes Everything [This Version – Live Short]
05. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Early Guitar Demo]
06. All Through The Night [1982 Rehearsal with Studio Dialog]
07. Rules And Regulations [1982 Rehearsal]
08. Money Changes Everything [Demo]
09. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Demo]
10. Witness [Live, Boston, 1984]
11. Time After Time [Work In Progress Rough Mix]
From “The Goonies” Soundtrack + Singles:
12. The Goonies “R” Good Enough [From “The Goonies” Soundtrack & 7″ Single A-Side]
13. What A Thrill [From “The Goonies” Soundtrack] [7″ Single B-Side of “The Goonies “R” Good Enough”]
14. The Goonies “R” Good Enough [12″ Dance Remix]
15. The Goonies “R” Good Enough [12″ Dub Version]
2013 Remixes:
16. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [2013 Yolanda Be Cool Remix]
17. Time After Time [2013 Nervo Remix]
18. Time After Time [2013 Bent Collective Remix]


I totally agree with you.
Hey, Jason, let’s make a phone call to Sony! Cheers from Bologna, Italy.


just missing the 12″ version of “time after time” on this… ;-)


“all throught the night” also is supposed to be a remix…

I think that we could work a most complete version to propose to Sony! (And let down the stupid 2013 mixes!)


Wow, u did a really good job here!

Cyndi just deserve Deluxe editions 2cd and dvd albuns.

How about True Colors tracks? Would be nice to have it all…

A night to remenber deluxe ed. Wow!

And of course, Blue Angel deluxe 2cd and dvd with the never comin second album demos!

That would be paradise!


This release is more like cashing out than anything else.
I love this album but this anniversary edition isn’t worth celebrating:(
This should have included demos,mixes and b sides.
If they wanted to make it more “now” they should have let some of the artists Cyndi has influenced cover the songs that have inspired them.
Another lost sale here I’m afraid:(


Here’s the official versions of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Only one is included. That’s a shame. The second disc should have been a DVD, including these. Or hey, what about a blu-ray?
Album Version – 3:49
Video Version – 4:19
Extended version – 6:08
Fun with V. Knutsn (Instrumental) – 7:10
Xtra Fun – 5:05
Remix – 6:30
Radio remix – 3:39
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (featuring Puffy AmiYumi) – 2:59
Extended remix – 7:24
More Fun remix – 5:07


I agree 100 percent Paul. And here’s the thing… there is probably room for BOTH on this 2CD set… the new 2013 mixes AND the original 12″ mixes, the demos, etc. I think it could all fit on 2CDs.


Couldnt agree more Paul, shoot the curator for this one!


Don’t get all the bitching about new mixes. Who says it replaces the old ones? They were obviously never going to be included which is totally stupid if they want maximum sales but there have been some great ‘New’ mixes over the years! After 30 years + this should’ve been comprehensive


stickers to play with/ change to cover? C’mon i’m 45. I like those 80’s re-issues because that’s when my musical taste was formed (between the age 10-20). If I want to listen to a 2013 remix, I ask my son to download me some. Cindy represents the 80’s for me, so when buying her cd (and not downloading), so actually giving money to her record company, I expect music from the 80’s and not from 2013. Are the record company’s that dumb and arrogant. Why not include all those (horrible wrong but oh so nice) 80’s mixes. I would by it inmediately.
But now, once again it’s a miss and a pass.

And yes, my cd player does have a stop button, but like with mine mobile telephone minutes. I like to use them all, and not paying for minutes never called for. Same as now. I have to pay appereantly 50 bucks for stickers/special packaging and fees for the ’13 remix people.
No thanks.


The pros – the cover, the 12″ mix and the new remixes. The cons – missing tracks/mixes from that era and the price! Could have been a glorious edition but ends up sadly lacking and i’ll be giving it a miss!

Stephen K

This is not what I want, this is not what I’ll get. Original 12″ tracks would be nice. I really don’t care about demos most of the time. I have no desire to hear the 2013 mixes.


Nice editions of Cyndi Lauper’s albums sorely missing. Glad at last at least something happening re this.

Oskar Pig

What happened to the cover? The original was perfect as is.


50$ for this, hum, to me the 2013 mixes have nothing to do on here, and only 9 tracks on cd 2, how long is it running ?30 min ?

the demos could be on cd 1, as the original album is already short, so lot of space for the entire or near of the cd 2, then cd 2 cold be 80’s mixes + b sides, even materials not used on the definitive album project for example,

i like her very much but i won’t put my money on this ” false ” birthday edition.

who decided about the tracklist ? whoever he failed


SSU was actually released in most countries in 1984. The anniversary for the North America was last year but for us it’s almost perfect timing as SSU wasn’t released in the UK until February. Fingers crossed a show or two will be performed in Europe this year.

Shame it wasn’t a three disc set. The third disc could of had the commercial remixes, dubs and instrumentals along with the single mixes. We have to remember it is Sony and this release is put together from Legacy/Sony in the US. That said the demos and unreleased stuff is very exciting. Shame the Houston show from 1984 which was filmed has been lost/damaged.