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04/03/2014 10:48 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Cyndi Lauper's 'She Bop' Was Inspired By Gay Porn Magazine Blueboy (VIDEO)

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.

H/T Out Magazine

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