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Cyndi Lauper Explains the Sexual Inspiration Behind 'She Bop': VIDEOS

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In September 1984, Cyndi Lauper’s single “She Bop” reached number three on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 — not bad for a song about female masturbation.

In a recent interview to promote her new two-disc release of She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Lauper revealed that she actually got the idea for the song from a drunken associate and by fingering through the pages of a Blueboy gay porn mag. Hence the lyrics:

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

Do I wanna go out with a lion's roar?
Huh, yea, I wanna go south and get me some more
Hey, they say that a stitch in time saves nine
They say I better stop or I'll go blind
Oop she bop she bop

Lauper has also said she recorded the “She Bop” vocals while nude and “tickling herself” in the studio. The late 80s era Parents Music Resource Center included the song in their "Filthy Fifteen" list of songs they found most objectionable. PMRC went on to create the parental guidance warning sticker system placed on albums with “objectionable” content — you know, songs about sex, drugs, violence, or the occult (the things that make music awesome).

Watch the videos AFTER THE JUMP…

Cyndi Lauper on the creation of “She Bop”

Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop”

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  1. Love this song ! Congrats Cyndi! And thank you for being a friend.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 2, 2014 7:51:51 PM


  2. Cyndi is so freak ins adorable!

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 2, 2014 7:53:52 PM


  3. Cyndi Is so freaking adorable!!

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 2, 2014 7:54:38 PM


  4. The strange thing is, it's not a Blueboy Magazine she's looking at, but an AMG physique mag.

    Maybe Blueboy wouldn't give her permission to use a magazine?

    Posted by: Talisman | Apr 2, 2014 7:58:58 PM


  5. OMG - I grew up in the 80s and never saw this video. I recall the song well, but I had no idea what the lyrics meant. I am blushing now.

    Posted by: bravo | Apr 2, 2014 8:29:08 PM


  6. How funny, this song came on during my run today and I wondered what the back story was. Cyndi's the best.

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 2, 2014 8:39:45 PM


  7. Cyndi's voice is still amazing and she's a natural storyteller. If you get chance to see her in concert, don't hesitate for a moment.

    Posted by: sparks | Apr 2, 2014 8:49:30 PM


  8. She is still so adorable.. LOOOVED this song and vid during the MTV heyday of 1984 when I was 19..Now its on my treadmill playlist lol

    Posted by: greg | Apr 2, 2014 8:59:03 PM


  9. Jeez. Was the explanation really necessary? I was sixteen, a junior in high school and 85% out. I didn't really need an explanation; I knew EXACTLY what she was talking about.

    Posted by: Jerry | Apr 2, 2014 9:13:00 PM


  10. The Filthy Fifteen that included such filth as... Dress You Up?? One of the most innocuous lyrics of the 80s. And, yes, some people did need to be told what She Bop was about. Not everyone listens to the words and not everyone who does knows what Blueboy was. I think there is enough in the song otherwise to get what it's about, but, again, not everyone realizes what they are singing along to and it was so innocent sounding.

    Posted by: macguffin54 | Apr 2, 2014 10:25:14 PM


  11. Great Great tune! Ms. Lauper one true legend ...Congrats on the 30 year anniversary of one of my favorite albums of ALL time!

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 2, 2014 10:47:08 PM


  12. WELL GOOD FOR YOU JERRY! Aren't you a smarty pants!! Newsflash: not everyone is as brilliant and learned as you. If you knew it already, why are you clutching your pearls in faux disgust? Eye roll.

    Posted by: MATTYROCKS | Apr 2, 2014 11:11:11 PM


  13. BTW: thanks Cyndi for your support. You are awesome.

    Posted by: MATTYROCKS | Apr 2, 2014 11:22:33 PM


  14. A national treasure!

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Apr 3, 2014 1:20:56 AM


  15. Always fun always unique always Cyndi. Love her little laugh on this song!

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 3, 2014 1:26:02 AM


  16. The extended re-mix of this song is one of the funnest re-mixes I have ever heard.

    Posted by: David C. Jones | Apr 3, 2014 3:15:40 AM


  17. I always thought of it as a blue boy magazine, not a Blueboy magazine. I used to listen to this all the time when it first came out, and loved the message behind the song, as well as the song itself. But this is the first time I've seen the actual video. Love Cyndi!

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 3, 2014 4:50:53 AM


  18. The video was pretty explicit too and done in a retro fifties style, which is why they chose the Beefcake mag.

    PMRC! Yes, Tipper Gore's political assist to her hubby Al.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 3, 2014 10:46:33 AM


  19. macguffin54: To this day I STILL don't get what it was about Dress You Up that landed it on that list! It's a hell of a heavy stretch to get anything "dirty" out of it.

    Posted by: A-8 | Apr 3, 2014 12:03:59 PM


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