Turi and Lauper formed a band named Blue Angel and recorded a demo tape of original music.

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Blue Angel was eventually signed by Polydor Records and released a self-titled album on the label in 1980.

Lauper hated the album cover, saying that it made her look like Big Bird, but Rolling Stone magazine later included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers (2003).

Lauper found the original lyrics to be misogynistic, so she rewrote the song as an anthem for young women.

The album's second single "Time After Time" was co-written by Lauper and Rob Hyman. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts.

He later filed an $80,000 suit against them, which forced Lauper into bankruptcy. The primary studio musicians were Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman (of The Hooters), Rick Chertoff, Richard Termini and Peter Wood.

After Blue Angel broke up, Lauper spent time, due to her financial problems, working in retail stores, waitressing at IHOP (which she quit after being demoted to hostess when the manager made a pass at her), On October 14, 1983, Lauper released her first solo album, She's So Unusual. Lauper became popular with teenagers and critics, in part due to her hybrid punk image, which was crafted by stylist Patrick Lucas.

The album made Lauper the first female to have four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 top five hits from one album.

The LP stayed in the Top 200 charts for more than 65 weeks, and since has sold 22 million copies worldwide.

Lauper was interested in writing her own songs, but the record company provided her with songs to record that were written by other writers.