She Bop (3:52)

Cover of She's So Unusual

From She's So Unusual and 77 other releases

“She Bop” was the third (1984), commercially released, solo single by singer Cyndi Lauper (USA).

Writers: Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Broughton Lunt, Gary Corbett & Rick Chertoff.
Producer: Rick Chertoff.

The song was controversial, owing to lyrics that addressed masturbation. Part of the lyrics, “They say I better stop - or I’ll go blind”’ [1] is an allusion to a common myth about masturbation. It was also included on the Parents Music Resource Center’s “Filthy Fifteen” list, due to its sexual lyrics. Other songs on the list included tracks by Madonna, Prince, AC/DC, among others. This led to the creation of the parental advisory sticker. In an interview on the Howard Stern Show, she stated that she recorded the vocals of the song naked.

Lauper said she wanted little kids to think it was about dancing, and to understand the real meaning as they got older. She never directly stated in the song what the meaning of the song was, so it could receive airplay. The plan worked.

The single has been released in over 32 variations across the world, the most common being a two track 7” vinyl single (with varying covers) and a two track 12” vinyl single (also with varying covers).

Lauper recorded a slow ballad version of the song for her album The Body Acoustic.

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Well I see them every night in tight blue jeans
In the pages of a blue boy magazine
Hey I've been thinkin' of a new sensation
I'm pickin' up good vibrations

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