It’s interesting how one’s tastes and opinions can change over the years (and by “one’s”, of course, I mean “mine”). During the 80’s I listened to a fairly wide variety of music and generally flattered myself by thinking I was some kind of music aficionado. In reality though, I was just another dumb kid with a Swiss Army knife and a bad MacGyver haircut. So it is only natural that music I considered significant back in the day doesn’t hold my interest as much now as it did then.
Similarly, there is music that I didn’t particularly appreciate at the time but which I now mind much more interesting. A perfect example of this is the music of Cyndi Lauper. While I liked “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” when it originally came out, I wasn’t that big of a fan of Lauper. Maybe it was the weird clothes or the association with Captain Lou Albano. Whatever the reason, I generally paid more attention to whatever Midnight Oil was preaching about at the time.
Flash forward twenty-something odd years and one less MacGyver mullet into the future, and I’m a pretty big fan of Lauper’s music from back in the day. An obvious part of the appeal is her voice. Let’s face it…the girl has some serious pipes. I always knew she had a good voice, but I don’t think it really dawned on me until I heard of version of Roy Orbison’s “I Drove All Night”. I’ve been an Orbison fan for quite some time, but I actually preferred her version. I think that song sort of started my reevaluation of her music. After all, if you can do justice to an Orbison tune, you obviously know what you’re doing. So while I don’t generally get the urge to go back and listen to Aussie protest music, I frequently cue up “All Through The Night”.