One artist covering an entire pivotal album in rock history is becoming a more and more common move, but few would define Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual as “pivotal.” Well, for Melbourne songwriter Gerard Daley, it was. He honors his favorite childhood record with a full re-recording titled He’s So Unusual.
“Back in 1984 I was just another kid in the suburbs,” he wrote in an open letter to Lauper. “I had myself a breakdance crew, some cool friends, and was beginning to fall into a world of music that I would spend the rest of my life in – and a lot of that is thanks to you…The ‘Money Changes Everything’ 12-inch was one of the first records I ever bought – and it’s been my favourite song ever since. I feel extremely lucky to have been a kid right when She’s So Unusual tore the universe apart – in the nicest possible way…”
Check out two sample tracks from He’s So Unusual below. The mega-hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” gets turned into a country-rock while the masturbation ode “She Bop” surges over some ZZ Top-style riffs. The full record is currently only available at the iTunes Australia/New Zealand stores, but he’s looking for international distribution. So, any record execs reading this, drop Daley a line!
MP3: Gerard Daley – Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper cover)
MP3: Gerard Daley – She Bop (Cyndi Lauper cover)
Check out more Gerard Daley at MySpace.