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5 O'Clock Shadow | Cyndi Lauper/Greg Laswell

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

A true anthem of the 1980’s and a favorite in karaoke bars across the country, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” made a noticeable dent in American pop culture. The song was released in 1983 as Cyndi Lauper’s first single and received two Grammy nominations in 1985. Cyndi Lauper made it clear the song was a celebration of women designed to encourage female empowerment. The song made a splash with an undeniably catchy beat and an award winning, playful music video. It’s a song that still resonates with girls of all ages today. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was originally written and sung  by Robert Hazard in 1979. Lauper changed a few lyrics and had it altered to fit the female perspective, an obvious success.  In the 5 O’Clock Shadow, musician Greg Laswell takes the 80’s pop anthem and turns it into something entirely different. From a male perspective the song becomes a beautiful and an honest inquiry. Laswell employs the simple chords of the song on the piano and takes it back to its original perspective.