Cyndi Lauper 

60 seconds with Cyndi Lauper

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Indy: So you've actually signed a deal with Mark Burnett for your own reality show?

CL: Yes. It's based on my business life, not my personal life. I like those guys. I thought they were really creative when I did the Trump thing [last season's The Celebrity Apprentice]. So it'll follow me in my day-to-day working life, but I'm not gonna have my kid [son Declyn] in it at all. If he wants to be in it, fine. But right now, he's steering clear of the business. Let him have his childhood.

Indy: You and co-star Sharon Osbourne came off very motherly on Trump's show. The other women seemed kind of catty.

CL: Because Sharon and I have done this stuff before. We didn't do this to become famous — we are famous. And I'm not just a little famous. I'm world-famous, and I have been since the '80s. And I didn't really go away. So I used to get upset with the whole thing. ... Like the episode where we had a chance to help these kids, to style these two young recording artists. It was like, for God's sakes, Sharon and I do this for a damn living, and you don't! So just let us do what we do! But everybody was there to help their charity; everybody worked really hard. And in the end, you leave it on the ice, as they say in hockey.

Indy: And you get down 'n dirty on your new Memphis Blues album. You even growl a duet with Ann Peebles.

CL: Ann lives in Memphis, and I went to Memphis to do this CD. I wanted to do an authentic blues record — I didn't wanna do one in New York or L.A. You have to go to where the music is. And I think it's an important thing to do as an artist, to go back to Step One again. So I'll never forget playing with Allen Toussaint or singing on the same mic as Ann Peebles. It was just extraordinary.

At Denver's Paramount Theatre for the eTown radio show, Sept. 23.


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