Cyndi Works It All Out

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Byline: Ramin Setoodeh

Cyndi Lauper's got a new CD, "Bring Ya to the Brink," and she's going on her "True Colors" tour. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.

When you get ready to tour, do you pack a lot of stuff?

Is the pope Catholic? What, are you kidding me?! Since day one. I remember I was doing a TV show in Germany with John Oates and Daryl Hall. John was helping me carry stuff. He said, "What the hell are you carrying?" I was, like, "Well, that's a stainless-steel pot and a hot plate, because I have to boil water and steam my throat." What if I get the sudden urge to play trombone? OK, not onstage. But still. A ukulele is very soothing.

You don't really take a ukulele.

Oh, I love that thing. I found a ukulele in Australia that has a metal top. It's really loud and kind of fabulous.

You've had a lot of odd jobs.

I tried to work in an office. Apparently, my clothes weren't right. I was a Gal Friday the 13th. I would answer phones and people would call up very upset. Then they'd call back screaming and yelling because I had to go to the file room and I would get sidetracked. …