I spent a good portion of last week OD’ing on Blue Angel’s eponymous first-and-only album. Despite the fact that I’ve had the LP forever, I hadn’t listened to it in a long-time and just recently discovered that it has been re-released on CD.
The album itself? It’s Phil Spector-style pop updated with late ’70’s new wave influences as sung by, well, as sung by Cyndi Lauper. Listening to the CD reminded me of how much I like the music, and I think I appreciate it more now than I did when it was originally released.
The band was pretty popular around NYC around 1980, including a "Win a Date with Cyndi" contest. The band didn’t last long after that, and I remember playing the album for my friends, most of whom had a pretty strong (usually negative) reaction to Cyndi’s voice. The joke was on them when She’s So Unusual was released in 1983 and became a huge hit, due in part to Cyndi’s MTV-friendly makeover.