One of the things I love most about Cyndi Lauper is not that “she’s so unusual” but that she knows how to stay relevant.
“Time After Time” is admittedly one of Lauper’s most recognizable hits from the 1980s, appearing on her debut album She’s So Unusual and garnering a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 1985. I can still hear just a few notes of this song when it plays in the background at restaurants and grocery stores, and immediately I’m taken back in time.
But beyond that, I love the fact that Cyndi Lauper isn’t stuck in the 80’s, and she hasn’t followed Madonna’s schtick of trying to be a provocative sexpot in her 50’s. Honestly, that has never been Lauper’s way. Instead, she’s adapted her sound, her style and her songs to be current in the modern day, so you still believe her when she performs. These days, “Time After Time” isn’t played as a new-wave pop hit, but as a tasteful acoustic number, and Lauper often likes to perform it as a duet with an invited guest—making “Time After Time” even more timeless than it already is.
So in honor of that, I’ve posted two versions of “Time After Time” below. The first is the original music vid from the 80’s; the second is a live television acoustic performance with Sarah McLachlan from 2005. Enjoy!