Cyndi Lauper Says Her Debut Was About 'Empowering All Us Freaks'
Lauper's Goonies theme song itself isn't terribly obscure -- it peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100 and popped up prominently in the movie -- but her disdain for the tune kept it off any of her albums or her Twelve Deadly Cyns compilation. As for live concerts, she kept it out of her set lists for nearly 20 years.
Which partly explains why her 13-minute video is criminally under-seen, despite the fact that it's an insane '80s delight.
Directed by Richard Donner (who directed The Goonies as well as The Omen and Superman), the two-part adventure features Rowdy Roddy Piper, Andre the Giant, The Goonies cast, and even a cameo from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Pretty much everything about this video is great, but two notable highlights:
1) When bad guys corner Cyndi Lauper on a rickety bridge over a raging underground waterfall, the singer breaks the fourth wall, wailing, "Steven Spielberg, how do I get out of this one?" The camera then cuts to Spielberg, watching Lauper on playback, telling her he has no idea.
2) A narrator ends part 1 with a teaser for the next installment, as if it were a Flash Gordon-esque serial from 50 years prior: "What will become of poor Cyndi? Don't miss part 2, coming soon to a TV near you!"
Watch both parts of the delightful video below.