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Blue Angel is the name of the band that Cyndi Lauper fronted during 1979/80, before she made it as a solo artist. The lineup also included John Turi on keyboard instrument and saxophone, Arthur “Rockin’ A” Nelson (guitar), Lee Brovitz (bass guitar) and Johnny Morelli (drums). The sound engineer’s name is Patrick P. Norton. Lauper and Turi wrote the bulk of their material, and the group also covered pop standards, such as Mann/Weil’s “I’m Gonna Be Strong” (which Lauper covered again in a 1994 album). Blue Angel was briefly popular on the New York club scene, playing a kind of retro-rockabilly that was then hip (see X, some early The B-52’s and The Cramps), but was far more accessible and romantic than many practitioners of the period.

Their only album, the self-titled Blue Angel, was released in 1980 to critical acclaim and moderate sales. It featured a sparse punk rock and New Wave-styled cover in primary red and floating band member photos. Like much of Lauper’s later solo career, the sales for the album was more successful overseas than in America, but even so the only track to achieve high chart status was “I’m Gonna Be Strong”, which reached #37 in the Netherlands. Another song from the album, “Maybe He’ll Know”, was rerecorded by Lauper on her second solo album, True Colors, in 1986.

In 1984, after Lauper’s subsequent success, the record was re-released, this time with a yellow cover, and finally in an exclusive 5,000 copy limited compact disc pressing in 2005 from Hip-O Select Records.

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  • tjd9

    I can't believe I've never heard this until now. This is so good.

    5 Mar 3:23pm Reply
  • haulnny

    Tão linda minha Cyndi *--*

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • CyndiLauperNow

    LOVE LOVE LOVE

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FerrNashville

    Cyndi my diva ♥ Late and Fade <3 Brasil ama a musa.

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • dhijesus

    Cyndi meu grande amor I HAD A LOVE

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • MartyHorne

    The original Blue Angel... http://mysite.verizon.net/restc6v5/barbaraandmartyswebsite/id5.html

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • x_thi

    I Had A Love <3

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • alexia_N

    This is really good. Better than her solo stuff, excluding "She's so Unusual".

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • YControl755

    With a debut record this amazing, it's really a crime they didn't release another

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • mksutra

    Cyndi before she caught the hiccups! Quit calling this rockabilly! It's classic pre-British invasion pop produced by the great Roy Halee who produced every Simon and Garfunkle LP and a host of surprising others including Moby Grape, the Dave Clark Five, Laura Nyro, Blood Sweat and Tears, etc. I used to play it in the Discount Records store I worked in, and when she hit the final note on "I'm Gonna Be Strong", the place would come to a standstill.

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Rivanildorivass

    Blue Angel, a eterna banda de Cyndi Lauper...

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • cdyaro

    Blue Angel - Keep on Knocking http://www.4shared.com/file/75326099/7826d934/18keep_on_knocking__demo_.html

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • the_flava

    rockabilly wannabe's... they sound like a huge turd seeping out of elvis's anus and plopping onto a guitar HAHA!

    6 Nov 2008 Reply
  • SantiagoOo

    I love them! I wish I could hear their demo-songs like Jim Jive, Shining star, Flyer, Helpless in full versions :( Cyndi is the best! She was so cute in photos with Blue Angel :)

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • lovelovelover

    it's really cool that they actually have previewable tracks on here. i got the cd on ebay. in my opinion, this surpasses all of cyndi's solo stuff. but i still love her.

    13 May 2008 Reply
  • edosoutros

    Viva Cyndi!!!

    11 May 2008 Reply
  • cdyaro

    Keep on Knocking is great :D Magazine Cover is awesome as well.

    22 Apr 2008 Reply
  • woahannablue

    Put up some new pics, guys. Check 'em out and vote!

    24 Mar 2008 Reply
  • chrisxanthus

    I recently discovered their record in a used record shop. I never knew Cyndi was in a band before her solo stuff. I love the record and is now one of my favorites in my collection!! Now I just have to burn it to CD so I can listen to it on my computer and in the car!!

    3 Mar 2008 Reply
  • DJSuperbowl

    Finally on LastFM

    12 Feb 2008 Reply
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