Cyndi Lauper herself seemed surprised by what was happening.
“Normally I wouldn’t be caught dead doing this,” she said to a full house at the Zeiterion Theatre on Tuesday, noting that she doesn’t think of herself as an oldies act.
Yet there she was, onstage celebrating the 30th anniversary of her debut album, whose title ended up setting the tone for her long and colorful career.
“She’s So Unusual” was a benchmark not just for Lauper, but also a watershed moment for 1980s pop music. Its brash mix of heartfelt sentiment and kooky humor encapsulated that era and produced four Top 5 hits you might still know by heart: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” and “All Through the Night.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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