Essays Archive

24 Aug 2018

Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She’s So Unusual’ – Cover Songs Everywhere

Cyndi Lauper took the U.S. pop scene by storm in 1983 with her album She’s So Unusual. What was so unusual was the makeup of the songs on the album: a majority of the songs were covers.
31 May 2018

The Evolution of a Song: ‘Mama,’ Genesis

“Mama” is not considered to be one of Genesis’ biggest hits, at least here in the United States; despite it being their biggest hit in the UK, reaching #4 in 1983, it reached only #73 in the
3 May 2018

‘Abracadabra’ – The Worst Song Ever?

1982 was a pivotal year in music for me – it was when I really started listening to the radio. I had it on constantly, and embraced Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 as if it were Billy