Cyndi Lauper‘s life and career will be the subject of the upcoming documentary, Let The Canary Sing, according to Variety. The doc, which is being produced in conjunction with Lauper, will be directed by Alison Ellwood — best known for her recent film The Go-Go’s and the Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon. No release date has been announced.
Ellwood said of the new project, “Like many people, I assumed when Cyndi Lauper burst onto the music scene in the early ’80s, that she was another young star experiencing a meteoric rise to fame and success thanks to MTV. Her music videos were wild and colorful, her songs like ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ were infectious. But as it turns out, her story is one of hard knocks, hard work and dogged determination. Cyndi wanted her voice not just to be listened to, but a voice to be heard.”
Cyndi Lauper recalled how her record company needed to be pushed to allow “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” the proper space to become a hit, before rush releasing its eventual followup: “It had, like three adds a week (on Top 40), and that’s when they were walking to us saying, ‘Listen, let’s just go with ‘Time After Time.’ And I said, ‘No, if we go with ‘Time After Time’ — because I’d been around the block before and I saw how they wrecked people’s careers. If you go with an uptempo (track) and you succeed, and then you come with a ballad, you give them the one-two punch and then you’ve won.”