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‘The Goonies R Good Enough’ by Cyndi Lauper – Classic Hit or Miss

“The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” is a song by American singer Cyndi Lauper. It was released as a single for The Goonies, a 1985 film which was released around the same time as the single. It was her fifth Top 10 single on the Hot 100. Before its inclusion on The Essential Cyndi Lauper in 2003, the song never appeared on any of Lauper’s albums or the 1994 compilation Twelve Deadly Cyns…and Then Some. Lauper admitted in an interview with Matthew Rettenmund that she hated the song, which was why she had chosen not to include it on her first compilation.Steven Spielberg had made Cyndi the musical director for The Goonies soundtrack. She sought out new bands to be included on the project including her friends, The Bangles.

The official title of the song is just “Good Enough”, as is the way Cyndi had titled it when it was written and the way she announced it at concerts. She never said the ‘new’ title, “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”, at any concert. It was changed, only in name, because Warner Brothers Studio insisted that the marketing pointed towards the film and that is when “The Goonies ‘R'” was tacked on to the title of the song.

Cyndi refused to play the song live after 1986. She finally incorporated it back into her live show during several dates in Australia in 2004. Fans kept requesting the song and Cyndi eventually sang the first verse and chorus a cappella. She has since incorporated the song back into her live set, due to overwhelming fan recognition.

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