To mark the 30th anniversary of her smash album, "She's So Unusual," Cyndi Lauper revealed the surprise gay inspiration behind her then-controversial single, "She Bop."
At the time of its 1984 release, "She Bop" sparked the ire of parents of Lauper fans, given that the song is considered a thinly-veiled ode to masturbation ("They say that a stitch in time saves nine/They say I better stop, or I'll go blind").
For visual inspiration, Lauper sought out Blueboy magazine, which at the time, was a popular gay porn publication.
"There was Playgirl, but that was kinda boring," Lauper recalled. "And there was, like, Blueboy, which at that time -- in my ignorance -- I thought it was a women's magazine. It was not."
She then added, "I tried to take real life and put it into the song."
Blueboy ceased publication in 2007.
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