She Bop

“She bop, he bop, a we bop. I bop, you bop, a they bop. Be bop, be bop, a lu bop…”

Seriously, did anyone in the 80s know this catchy little ditty was all about masturbation? Anyone?

When “She Bop” burst on the scene in the summer of 1984, it was just another single off She’s So Unusual, following up “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time”. Of course, the fact that our beloved Cyndi was often about as decipherable as Michael Stipe didn’t make things any clearer. Otherwise, we probably would have clued in quick, thanks to lyrics like, “They say I better stop, or I’ll go blind” and “…I can’t stop messin’ with the danger zone.”

Of course “She Bop” ended up on the PMRC’s infamous ‘tsk tsk’ list, but since we 80s Children did all we could to pay no mind to that bunch of prudish idiots, well, we just continued to go about our lives in blissful ignorance.

Looking back, sure, it’s pretty darn obvious. Even the video has a few well-placed, subtle tidbits (the ‘self-service’ sign at the gas station, the ‘Big Bopper’ book on the judge’s stand).

“She Bop” proved to be yet another big hit for the eccentric Ms. Lauper, spending 18 weeks on the Billboard chart and peaking at #3 for three weeks in September 1984. A few weeks later he follow-up, “All Through the Night”, started tearing up the charts, and “She Bop” was put in the rear view mirror just as quickly as it came (if you’ll pardon the pun).

Knowing the truth (you know… that it’s not about dancing, after all) almost makes us feel a little dirty these days, but we’ll always have those couple of weeks in ’84 when we just thought the crazy lady with the red hair was hankerin’ for a Sunkist when she sang about “picking up good vibrations.”

Silly us.

We ♥ She Bop.


~ by weheart80s on May 18, 2011.

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