Cyndi released her second solo album 28 years ago yesterday. Crazy! I still remember anxiously traveling to the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, NC. one hot day way back when to pick up the cassette tape.
When we entered the record store, it was like a Cyndi pinata had exploded. I was in heaven! There were True Colors posters everywhere, a standup cardboard cutout of Cyndi wearing her famous newspaper dress and an amazing garland across the store spelling out her name and the album title. This was back when record companies cared about her and promoted her. It was amazing for a young fan to see!
My mother quickly went over to window sill, which was pretty much covered in Cyndi posters. She quickly began grabbing them when an employee came over to tell us they were for display only. She tried to argue with them, “You have so many! Can’t he have just one?!” No dice. The surly record store employees didn’t care. Many years later, I finally got my True Colors poster thanks to ebay.
When MTV premiered the True Colors video a little earlier in the summer, I still vividly remember watching the video with raptured attention. I was standing in the middle of my family’s living room because I was so excited I couldn’t sit. I was a preteen and struggling with my sexuality very privately. When I heard that song and saw that video for the first time, I could swear that Cyndi knew who I was and was communicating directly to me about loving myself. It was overwhelming. I already loved her, but this album sealed the deal for a lifelong fanhood.