The Daily Telegraph(Sydney) Article
HEADLINE: Pink inc.
BYLINE: DINO SCATENA
Singer Pink had to pull out of the opening date of the Rumba tour in
Auckland a few weeks back when her voice disappeared while headlining
her own club show in Wellington a night earlier.
"I wasn't even sick," says the 23-year-old. "I just lost my voice. I
was hoarse and when you sing with a hoarse voice it's the worst thing
you could ever do as a singer. "I thought I'd done some serious,
permanent damage, but it's back."
The irony here -- and this is no secret, just a reflection of modern
music -- is that most of the poppet stars at last year's Rumba chose
to mime rather than risk putting their fragile vocals to the test in
front of a stadium audience. Not that most of the 45,000 kids
gathered at the Olympic Stadium for the first Rumba a year back
seemed to mind.
So, couldn't Pink have simply rocked up to the gig in Auckland,
thrown her CD into the PA system and just given her fans what they
wanted? Not likely.
"That sucks," she says of miming. "I guess that's why they were so
mad at me [the fans in Auckland], because I wouldn't do that.
"On some TV shows they've wanted me to do that and I've lost the slot
because I wouldn't. I'm a singer; I didn't get into this to be
anything other than a singer.
"It would be like telling someone who plays flute to go on stage and
act like they're playing an air flute. That's just retarded to me and
I won't do it. That's one thing where you'll see the b... side of me
"I just think: 'Would Janis Joplin have got up and lip-synced?' No.
What's the point? Buy the album and you can hear me lip-sync."
If you know anything about Pink or are one of the seven million fans
around the world who already own a copy of her second album,
Missundaztood, then you'll know that this Philly-born star isn't your
average pop poppet.
While contemporaries such as Avril Lavigne wear their punk attitude
like the latest handbag from Sportsgirl, you sense young Pink is the
For instance, a couple of months back in Britain, while her single,
Just Like a Pill, was topping the charts (she's already had six top
10 hits in Britain, not including her role in the chart-topping Lady
Marmalade remake), Pink caused a stir by wearing a T-shirt on a pop
TV show that read: "You F...ing B...."
Unfortunately for the show's producers, the first they knew of it was
when the show went to air and their station's switchboard lit up.
(Just after AAA spoke to Pink, there were reports in the press that
the singer had been involved in some biffo in the bar of the Adelaide
hotel where she was staying. The story, we've been assured by Rumba
organisers, was a complete fabrication.)
Such behaviour (true or false) led the managing editor of music mag
NME to catch one of her shows in London recently. He came away
declaring -- in his magazine's usual understated manner -- that Pink
was the new Madonna. "That's fun," Pink offers of that
assessment. "When I was younger, she was absolutely amazing to me. I
think we're very different but that's still a compliment.
"I don't know how I really feel about that," she adds,
laughing. "It's a total, major compliment but at the same time I'm
totally different to her. So, whatever."
And Pink has already proved she's no one-trick pony. Her ever-
changing physical appearance aside, this is her second time on the
international charts -- her debut album in 2000, There You Go, sold
two million copies.
But that was just a warm-up to the success of Missundaztood. Here in
Australia, the album has been in the top 50 since its release in
January, selling more than 100,000 copies. Indeed, the year started
out perfectly for Pink on this side of the world with her single, Get
The Party Started, topping the ARIA charts for the first weeks of
You could say 2002 has been the year of Pink, not that she'd back you
on that front. "I don't know about that but it's been nuts," she
says. "For me it's been overwhelming.
"Of course, my goal is just to be remembered for doing something
ballsy and timeless that could still be listened to in 10 years. I've
seen a lot of artists come and go and top the charts, so that doesn't
do it for me. I just want to be remembered when I'm not on top of the
charts, if you know what I mean."
In fact, Pink is keen to distance herself from those who've shared
the top of the charts this year, especially the faux punksters who
appear to have borrowed heavily from Pink's image from her There You
Pink sees it all around her but accepts it's just a part of pop
art. "It should be a compliment but I'm not that flattered," she
"Music is one big, vicious circle. You're going to be influenced by
your favourite artists. I'm not saying I'm any of these people's
favourite artist but what I'm doing is working.
"What they don't understand is that what I'm doing is just being
myself. And that's the only reason the album worked was because it
was just so -- I hate to use the term -- stripped down. But it was
just truthful, words that came out of my heart, from my own life,
that I can explain; lyrics that people needed to hear instead of all
those fake love songs.
"But I've borrowed influences too. Sometimes I sound like Janis
Joplin, so whatever."
pink is one of the headliners at saturday's rumba festival at telstra
stadium, homebush bay. Other acts include bon jovi, natalie
imbruglia, sugababes and shaggy. see page 22 for details.
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BYLINE: Paiva Derek, Staff
Singer speaks about life, stealing and her alias
By Derek Paiva, ADVERTISER ENTERTAINMENT WRITER
It's 10 p.m. in Adelaide, Australia (1:30 a.m., Hawaii time), and
Pink misses her dog. Modesty prevents me from printing the name of
her beloved Jack Russell terrier, but it might help to know the name
comfortably rhymes with the word trucker.
"I miss my doggie," she says, mournfully. "I miss (expletive), my
dog. He's the best little (same expletive) dog. I love him." Happily
ensconced in her hotel room, having left a concert stage only 20
minutes earlier, Pink apologizes for the timing of her call.
"Sorry it's so late there," she says.
Or early, I reply, drawing the first of several throaty cigarette-and-
beer-tinged laughs during our chat.
Even with a clearly spent, somewhat tired voice that casts some real
doubt about her plans to head downstairs to the hotel bar for a beer
after we talk, Pink seems in good spirits.
Her teenage-girlish voice and in-a-rush-to-grow-up choppy sentence
structure quickly become her second-most-endearing quality - the
first being an honesty-at-all-times policy she learned from her
father, which keeps her answers to my questions unusually obliging,
candid and blunt.
When Pink is happy, her voice carries the gleeful bounce of the
teenage Aerosmith junkie who last year got a "yes" from Steven Tyler
when asked if he would sing on her second album. When Pink is sad or
serious, she sounds more like the teenage Bon Jovi fan who cried in
her room for a week after Jon had the nerve to get married.
Pink, 23, ends a six-month world tour supporting her monster second
CD "M!ssundaztood" with a debut Honolulu concert at Blaisdell Arena
Been caught stealing
"It sucks, but I'm moving to the Valley," says Pink, glumly, about a
post-tour move from her much-loved (but rented) beach house in
Venice, Calif., to a home she recently bought in L.A.'s San Fernando
Asked why, she replies, "Because that's what I can afford," cracking
herself up, as if the answer should be that freakin' obvious. "I
can't really afford Venice beach houses. God, they're ridiculous. To
live on the beach is, like, $16 million and you don't even have a
"I'm from Pennsylvania. You can get a county for $16 million out
Born Alecia Moore in Doylestown, a working-class burgh on the
outskirts of Philly, Pink is the daughter of parents who split up
when she was 7. She lived with her mother, Judith, and brother until
age 15, when she was carted off to live with her father, Jim, after
becoming too much of a handful.
Among the teenage crimes for which she was busted: running away from
home, drinking, breaking into the home of a girl who had stolen her
diary and was pasting its pages all over school, and stealing a copy
of "Showgirls" from Blockbuster Video.
There were also "shopping bags and trash bags full of clothing from
department stores," says Pink. "I know that sucks to say now because
of poor Winona (Ryder), but, yeah, I did it successfully and it was
very easy for a while."
I guess you'd get into trouble for telling me where you stole from,
"Macy's," she coughs up instantly, her brashness and my surprised
reaction to it cracking her up. "Bloomingdale's. You name it.
Whatever." She pauses for a bit for a half-baked attempt at being a
role model. "But stealing's not good, so I don't promote it."
Luckily, Pink also had some other useful childhood talents. As a
teenager, she sang in punk and hip-hop groups and even toured with a
break-dancing team in Philly-area clubs.
And "once I started gaining a conscience" around age 16, Pink says
she settled down, abandoned school and set her sights on a music
career. Eventually signed to LaFace Records as part of a doomed
female R&B trio called Choice, Pink jumped at label president L.A.
Reid's suggestion that she go solo. Reid immediately connected her
with producers like Daryl Simmons and She'kspere for her first CD,
2000's "Can't Take Me Home."
The CD was an out-of-the-box smash, generating sales of more than 2
million copies and spawning Billboard Hot-100 hits from the catchy -
though largely generic - dance pop tracks "There You Go," "Most
Girls," and "You Make Me Sick."
When not vibing to her riot-grrrl-lite anthems of boys doing girls
wrong, TRL-aged wannabes gravitated to videos portraying her as
something of a scorned biker chick in need of some serious anger-
"With 'Can't Take Me Home,' I wasn't really in full control. It was
really left up to the producers and my record company," admits Pink,
who still managed to contribute lyrics to much of the CD. "I was in a
bad relationship and had an attitude, so that's what most of the
songs were about."
After collecting still more career clout teaming with Christina
Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya on 2000's chart-topping remake of
LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade," Pink wanted - and knew she could get -
the power to explore more personal subject matter on her second
CD, "M!ssundaztood." Not that getting it would be easy.
The 14 songs Pink turned in for the CD contained their share of the
hit-ready beats and lyrics the singer was known for. But "M!
ssundaztood" also was full of deeply personal compositions laying
bare her emotions and stories of her life. "Don't Let Me Get Me"
paints a picture of the singer's occasional battles with inadequacy
and self-loathing. The decidedly radio-unfriendly "Family Portrait"
is an oft-times brutal recanting of Pink's less-than-idyllic
upbringing and stormy teenage years.
"It was just what I thought music should be," Pink says of the
writing process for "M!ssundaztood." "It was just sitting on a floor,
drinking beer, crying and laying it all out."
For lead producer and co-writer, Pink selected her longtime music
idol Linda Perry. The former lead-singer of 4 Non-Blondes, Perry had
all but abandoned the music industry after her band's solitary (and
let's face it, whiny) 1993 hit "What's Up."
The powers that be at her label Arista - in particular, label head
Reid - weren't exactly tickled about Pink turning in something that
wasn't quite "Can't Take Me Home, Part Deux."
" 'Can't Take Me Home' worked for what it was, and I guess there is
that industry rule: If it ain't broke, don't fix it," says Pink,
understanding Arista's trepidation. "Most record companies wouldn't
let an artist completely 360 because that usually doesn't work. But I
wanted it really, really bad. And it was believable."
In spite of Arista's better judgment, the label gave in and sunk
major cash into promoting "M!ssundaztood," released in late 2001. The
dance-friendly - if largely mind-numbing - first single "Get The
Party Started" turned out to be exactly the kind of can't-miss Top-5
smash the label expected.
What was a surprise to Arista execs, however, was the CD's near-
unanimous praise from music critics - many of whom had largely
written off Pink as a one-note dance-pop act. Also a surprise: the
radio successes of "Family Portrait," "Don't Let Me Get Me" and the
rock-oriented "Just Like A Pill."
"Six months later, I got to say, 'I told you so!' " says Pink,
"M!ssundaztood" has so far sold 4 million copies, and is still in the
top quarter of the Billboard Top 200 album chart after one year.
Who was more drunk at the MTV Video Music Awards - Pink or Michelle
"I think that girl was completely sober," says Pink, gamely agreeing
to answer a couple of e-mailed questions from her Honolulu fans.
At the August awards show, Pink colored her acceptance speech for
Best Female Video with an admission that she was, well, pretty
(expletive'd) up. "I caught a lot of flak from saying that, but it
was true. It was just shocking to stand up there in front of all
those people ... looking at me like I was nuts. And I was just way
too drunk to deal with something like that."
So much for being a role model. Next question.
Did you really take your alias, as you told Playboy, from a certain
part of your anatomy, or did it come from other circumstances you've
mentioned in the past? (For those keeping score at home, these
include: a family nickname, the former color of her hair dye, the
color of her cheeks when she blushes, and Steve Buscemi's "Mr. Pink"
character from Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs."
"You know, it's funny, they're all true," says Pink, giggling
mischievously. "But yes, that (first one) is also true."
Get some sleep, Pink.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Opening act: Lucky 7
GRAPHIC: Pink, born in Pennsylvania to working-class parents, now has
an income in the millions (we're guessing). The pop star will perform
in Honolulu Wednesday night.
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HEADLINE: Teen pop ain't so pretty in Pink
She may be the latest in a long line of cynically crafted pop
starlets, but the influence of angst-queen Pink is more wholesome
than that of the cheerleaders of the recent past, writes Dorian
BYLINE: (Guardian News Service)
The scene is a typical US high school, every ingredient familiar from
any teen movie. Britney Spears prances down a brightly lit corridor,
shirt tied above her pancake-flat midriff, leading her classmates in
a display of wholesome, high-kicking, let's-do-the-show-right-here
pizzazz. Elsewhere, in a graffiti-smeared locker room, tattooed
misfit Alecia "Pink" Moore screams into the mirror as glossy-haired
Stepford students look on contemptuously. You can't imagine the two
would ever share a canteen table.
If you had only eight minutes in which to explain how teen-pop has
changed in the past three years, you would simply have to play the
two videos from which these scenes are taken: Britney's Baby One More
Time (1999) and Pink's Don't Let Me Get Me (2002). In pop's high-
school hierarchy, Britney is the cheerleader, the prom queen, The
Girl Most Likely To, while Pink is the outcast with "issues". Now,
though, the traditional order of things has been turned on its head.
At the end of her video, Pink returns to her hated alma mater to play
a show and is cheered by the new intake of students. In effect, that
is exactly what has happened. "You could make the case right now that
Pink is the most influential person in music," says Craig Marks,
editor of US magazine Blender. "Eminem is such an anomaly that he
hasn't really led to anyone else, but there's undoubtedly more like
Pink to come." Two years ago, Pink was just another R&B singer,
notable only for the colour of her skin, a bad temper and a pack-a-
day cigarette habit. Her record label, Arista, pitched her as a
mildly unorthodox teen-pop star, sending her out on tour with boy-
band titans N'Sync. But for her second album, M!ssundaztood, Pink
demanded creative control. She called up Linda Perry, formerly of
grunge bandwagon-jumpers 4 Non Blondes, and began writing songs about
low self-esteem and her parents' divorce, a topic gruellingly
detailed on her new single, Family Portrait. At the time it was
widely regarded as a risky move, and the first single was the
atypically upbeat Let's Get the Party Started, but the subsequent
success of Don't Let Me Get Me - which drew the battle lines by
snarling, "Don't compare me to damn Britney Spears" - marked a
genuine sea change.
Seven million worldwide sales of M!ssundaztood later, the cultural
impact of the 23-year-old from blue-collar Philadelphia is clear. Two
weeks ago she won best female solo artist at the Smash Hits Poll
Winners' Party, the reliable weather-vane of tweenie tastes, and
graced the cover of the Face magazine. This unusual double whammy
demonstrates the breadth of Pink's appeal, but it is the former
accolade that really sets record-company cash tills ringing. Among 13-
year-olds, pop tastes are largely gender-specific, and nu metal
remains predominately a boy thing. Pink's popularity has identified a
lucrative and untapped market: teenage girls who may have liked
Britney three years ago but now have a taste for low-key rebellion,
the Osbournes and boys with tattoos.
They are also the audience for another seven-million-selling Arista
signing, 17-year-old Canadian Avril Lavigne, who appropriates skate-
punk chic without frightening the horses. "I am careful not to swear
in my lyrics," she told Smash Hits recently. "I'd feel kind of guilty
because I would be disappointing my parents." Meanwhile, in the pop
equivalent of an MP defecting to a rival party, Christina Aguilera
has traded in coy romance for Linda Perry and broken homes on her new
album, Stripped. In interviews, Aguilera appears so disgusted by her
former image, you fear she'll go back to the Florida Disney club that
spawned her (not to mention Britney and Justin Timberlake) and burn
it to the ground.
There is more to this than the general ebb and flow of pop trends.
For one thing, teen-pop fans grow up fast these days.
The prepubescent tweenager who wears a boob tube and aspires to be
Britney is likely to encounter body-image issues and teenage angst
earlier than her older sister did, and will want music reflecting
"We're more than ever exposed to celebrity and beauty, and aware of
it at an earlier age," says Matt Mason, deputy editor of Smash
Hits. "And I think Pink is a good thing in that respect. Some of our
readers would find it difficult to believe they could ever be as
flawlessly beautiful as Holly Valance, but they look at someone like
Pink and think, I could be like that. The letters we get from Pink
fans say: 'She really says something to me about my life'." There is
also the question of a change in America's mood. Before September
11th 2001 and the stock market crash, Britney and her ilk provided
the soundtrack to an ebullient nation. Now there is an appetite for
music that acknowledges darker truths.
"Money was falling from the sky when teen pop was so huge," says
Craig Marks. "Everything was hunky-dory here. Perhaps Pink caught the
shift in cultural winds when she decided not to be quite so chipper."
Thus authenticity, or at least the appearance of it, is now more
fashionable than artifice. In an ingenious move, Pink incorporated
her initial creative clashes with Arista's LA Reid into the lyrics of
Don't Let Me Get Me: "LA told me, you'll be a pop star/All you have
to change is everything you are." Reid played along, posing in the
video as a stereotypically unctuous, cigar-toting mogul.
But Pink's presentation of herself as a fearless artist battling the
corporate machine should be taken with a pinch of salt. Whatever his
initial misgivings, Reid was smart enough to spot a hit. "It's not
necessarily risky to mess with a formula if you feel that the formula
is over," says Marks.
Nonetheless, Pink and Reid deserve credit for shaking up the
conservative world of teen pop. Far less admirable are the numerous
wannabes waiting in the wings. In August, the New York Times ran a
profile of aspiring singer Amanda Latona in order to examine how pop
careers are constructed. Over the course of the piece, her look and
mannerisms morphed blatantly from Britney's to Pink's. She already
has her own nail polish, Pandemonium.
"If I could put myself into a colour, it would be a rockin' shade of
red," she claims on her website, instantly earning the opprobrium of
any right-thinking music fan. Another newcomer, Aimee Allen, writes
her name using the symbol for anarchy and has called her debut single
Revolution. Will it be an incendiary punk-rock call to storm the
barricades of Bush's America, or as faux-radical as a Che Guevara T-
shirt in a high-street boutique? Place your bets.
It is impossible for older listeners not to raise a cynical eyebrow
at the prospect of starlets clutching guitars and a brand-new copy of
Nirvana's Greatest Hits while downplaying the fact that their parents
are happily married and have a house with a pool in Long Island. And
yet such a change is long overdue. If the average musically inclined
13-year-old girl feels compelled to take guitar lessons rather than
dance classes, and measures herself against Pink or Kelly Osbourne
rather than some perma-grinning, hard-bodied Lolita, some good will
come of it. The prom queens won't be missed.
Pink's new single, Family Portrait, is on Arista
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Artikel über Pink im Playboy:
PINK & HER AMAZING WONDERDOG, FUCKER
Our favorite rock chick has a dirty mouth, two hit CDs and a rap
sheet longer than Suge Knight's.
By Alison Prato
If you ever have the pleasure to meet Alecia Moore – a.k.a. PINK –
buy her a beer, give her a smoke (menthol), kick back and shut up.
The girl is a storyteller. At 23, she has racked up her share of
arrest stories, drug stories, love stories and success stories. She
has won a Grammy. Her first CD, "Can't Take Me Home," went double
platinum. Her second, "M!ssundaztood," has been in the "Billboard"
top 200 for a year. And wait until you see her sing live, as tens of
thousands did when she toured with Lenny Krawitz this summer.
Q: Your name, Pink, is euphemism for vagina, right?
A: Right. I've never been able to tell the real story. Matt, my best
friend to this day, had never seen a white girl's thing. For months
he was begging me, "Please show me! I won't touch it! I won't think
of you differently!" I was always like, "Fuck you! You're like my
brother." He was so persistent that I finally gave in. We were in the
back of a car – probably going to get weed – and I'm like, "Here you
go." He goes, "Aah! It's pink!"
Q: How old were you when you got into drugs?
A: Thirteen. Eleven if you count weed. I was an early bloomer, but
it's good because I stopped young, too. I could be doing all kinds of
crazy shit, but it's not tempting at all.
Q: Have you tried everything?
A: Almost. When I was 15, a good friend died of a heroin overdose. I
would never go there.
Q: In school you wrote several papers about legalizing marijuana. Is
it true you haven't done drugs since 1995?
A: I don't consider pot a drug. It's a plant. It comes from the
earth. George Washington smoked it.
Q: Do you still smoke it?
A: I quit six months ago. I always said I'd be a grandma who grew
weed in her attic and taught her kids to roll joints. But I quit. I
don't like the way it makes me feel.
Q: Any other vices?
A: I love gambling. I make everybody gamble with me on the bus.
Blackjack, spades, dice, Monopoly. We play on perdiem so you can only
loose about $200. I always win. But then I always buy everyone
Q: Do you cheat?
Q: You met your boyfriend, motocross star Carey Hart, at the 2001 X
Games. Was it love at first sight?
A: I shook his hand and five minutes later he broke 14 bones. I had a
big effect on him.
Q: Are you able to be a normal couple?
A: Neither of us is normal. We can be party animals. We can make it a
Q: Aren't you banned from Blockbuster for stealing a copy of
A: I am! I use his membership. I rack up his bill. Not long ago I was
home in Philly and my mom was like, "Let's go get a movie." So we
went to Blockbuster where I was arrested, and I'm like, "I can't go
in there." She's like, "They won't remember you." But they did.
Q: Do you regret dropping out of school?
A: Not for a second. Education is important, but it doesn't
necessarily cater to artistic people.
Q: Have you always been a girl who doesn't care what people think?
A: I'm sensitive. My feelings get hurt easily. I decided at a young
age not to let people take advantage of me. Kids can be cruel. I was
made fun of a lot. I was eccentric. I wore high heels in first grade.
I got tripped off the bus. I got all the jokes. But I love a good
Q: When was the last time you brawled?
A: It's been a while. Wanted to and have been is a big difference. If
I weren't worried about lawsuits, there would be two guys from last
night still unconscious on the floor. We went to a bar in Boston and
this drunk guy was running his fingers through my hair. Then he stole
my beer. Long story short, he goes, "In my country –." And I go, "In
my country it's OK to beat people over the head with your pool
stick." Guy groupies are crazy. They like me to sign their asses. But
now, all guys want to talk to me about my boyfriend. I'm
like, "Fuck!" But I get more female groupies.
Q: Have you ever been with a woman?
A: When I was 13, I kissed a girl I had a big crush on. It was fun. I
was on ecstasy. She left me for my brother. I've stayed away from
girls ever since.
Q: After meeting Carey, how long did you wait to have sex?
A: I haven't had sex with him yet. Just kidding! I do like to wait.
My body is special. You only get as much respect as you command. But
it depends. Impulses are impulses. I'm in constant conflict.
Q: Because of your sexual image, do guys expect you to get freaky in
A: I was watching a VH1 ranking of the 25 sexiest rock stars. I was
number seven. The guy goes, "Pink looks tough, like she'll slap you
around all night." Carey and I were in bed, about to go to sleep. I
was like, "We can't go to sleep. I have to slap you around all
night." We just laughed, rolled over and went to sleep.
Q: Are you sexually adventurous?
A: I want to be. I live vicariously around my gay friends. Tying up
would be fun. And I think all guys should definitely know
penetration. It's only fair.
Q: Are you a giver or a receiver?
A: I'm a receiver. I will receive any time.
Q: Do you get recognized everywhere?
A: Yeah. The moles on my face give me away. They were my favorite
body part until I got drunk, passed out and my friends played connect
the dots. I could not get the permanent marker off.
Q: You have several tattoos, including one that says WHAT GOES AROUND
COMES AROUND on your wrist. How many in all?
A: I think I'm up to 11. Carey and I got matching true-love tattoos.
Since his last name is Hart, I got a red heart with LOVE written
behind it. He got PINK on his ass.
Q: How was winning a Grammy at 22?
A: Weird. I didn't feel like it was mine. Growing up, I was into
independent sports. I was a gymnast. If I didn't get first place, I
wouldn't clap for anybody else. I was a total bitch brat. I haven't
grown out of that yet. When I won the Grammy I was happy and my
parents were proud, but I felt like I was winning it for the team.
I'm waiting for my own.
Q: Anything to tell us about Lady Marmalade collaborators Mya, Lil'
Kim and Christina Aguilera?
A: I can't say anything bad. I don't hang out with them. Mya is
awesome. Lil' Kim is vulgar but sweet. Christina is Christina. We'll
leave it at that.
Q: Speaking of divas, didn't Beyoncè freak out when you introduced
her to your dog, Fucker, at the MTV Awards?
A: Oh yeah. She's a church girl. She wasn't ready for that. She was
like, "He's so precious! What's his name?" I'm like, "Fucker." She's
like, "Back to you Kurt."
Vielen dank an Mr. Mr. Tony Soprano und Michelle von Pinkssplitpersonalityclique
Pink und ihr großartiger Wunderhund Fucker
Unsere Lieblingsrockröhre hat eine große Klappe, zwei HitCds
Und ein Rap Sheet das länger als das von Suge Knight ist.
Von Alison Prato
Falls Du jemals in den Genuß kommen solltest Alecia Moore zu treffen – auch bekannt als PINK – gib ihr ein Bier aus, biete ihr eine Zigarette an (menthol) lehn Dich zurück und halt den Mund.
Das Mädchen ist eine Geschichtenerzählerin.
Mit 23 hat sie ihren Anteil an Geschichten über Verhaftunten, Drogen, Liebes- und Erfolgsstories angehäuft. Sie hat einen Grammy gewonnen. Ihre erste CD „Can’t take me home“ bekam Doppel-Platin, Ihre zweite CD „Missundaztood“ war ein Jahr in den Billboard Top 200.
Und warte erst bis Du sie live singen siehst, wie es Zehntausende diesen Sommer taten, als sie mit Lenny Kravitz auf Tour war.
F: Dein Name, Pink, bedeutet Euphemismus für Vagina, richtig?
A: Richtig. Ich konnte noch nie die wirkliche Story erzählen. Matt, bis heute mein bester Freund, hatte niemals das Ding eines weißen Mädchens gesehen. Er bettelte mich monatelang an, "Bitte zeigs mir! Ich werde es nicht anfassen! Ich werde nichts anderes von Dir denken!" Ich sagte immer, "Fuck you! Du bist wie mein Bruder." Er war so hartnäckig, daß ich schließlich nach gab. Wir waren auf dem Rücksitz eines Autos – wir waren dabei Gras zu rauchen – und ich sagte, "Hier bitte.“ Er sagte, "Aah! Sie ist pink!"
F: Wie alt warst Du, als Du anfingst Drogen zu nehmen?
A: Dreizehn. Elf wenn man Gras dazurechnet. Ich habe früh angefangen, aber es ist gut, weil ich auch früh aufgehört habe. Ich könnte allen möglichen Scheiß machen, aber es reizt mich überhaupt nicht.
F: Hast Du alles probiert?
A: Fast. Als ich 15 war starb ein guter Freund an einer Überdosis Heroin. Soweit würde ich niemals gehen.
F: In der Schule hast Du mehrere Referate darüber geschrieben, Marihuana zu legalisieren. Stimmt es, daß Du seit 1995 keine Drogen mehr genommen hast?
A: Ich betrachte Marihuana nicht als Droge. Es ist eine Pflanze. Es kommt von der Erde. George Washington hat es geraucht.
F: Rauchst Du es noch?
A: Ich habe vor 6 Monaten aufgehört. Ich sagte immer, ich werde eine Großmutter die Gras im Keller anpflanzt und ihren Kindern beibringt, wie man Joints macht. Aber ich habe aufgehört. Ich mag es nicht, wie ich mich dabei fühle.
F: Sonstige Laster?
A: Ich liebe es zu spielen. Ich verleite jeden zum Spielen im Bus.
Blackjack, spades, dice, Monopoly. Wir spielen auf perdiem(?) so daß man nur 200$ verlieren kann. Ich gewinne immer. Aber dann lade ich jeden zum Abendessen ein.
F: Mogelst Du?
F: Du hast Deinen Freund, Motocross Star Carey Hart, bei den 2001 X
Games getroffen. War es Liebe auf den ersten Blick?
A: Ich habe seine Hand geschüttelt und 5 Minuten später brach er sich 14 Knochen. Ich hatte eine große Auswirkung auf ihn.
F: Könnt Ihr ein normales Paar sein?
A: Keiner von uns ist normal. Wir können Partytiere sein. Wir können einen Blockbuster- Videoabend machen.
F: Hast Du nicht Hausverbot bei Blockbuster, weil Du mal ein Showgirls-Video gestohlen hast?
A: Das stimmt! Ich benutze Careys Mitgliedschaft. Ich treibe seine Rechnung hoch. Vor kurzem war ich zuhause in Philly und meine Mom sagte, "Laß uns einen Film holen." Also gingen wir zu Blockbuster, wo ich damals verhaftet wurde, und ich sage, "Ich kann da nicht hin gehen." Sie sagte, "Die werden sich nicht an Dich erinnern." Aber sie erinnerten sich an mich.
F: Bereust Du es, daß Du die Schule abgebrochen hast?
A: Nicht eine Sekunde. Erziehung ist wichtig, aber sie zielt nicht unbedingt auf künstlerisch veranlagte Leute.
F: Warst Du immer ein Mädchen, daß sich nicht darum schert, was Menschen denken?
A: Ich bin sensibel. Meine Gefühle werden leicht verletzt. Ich habe jung beschlossen, daß die Menschen mich nicht benutzen können. Kinder können grausam sein. Man hat sich viel über mich lustig gemacht. Ich war exzentrisch. Ich habe High heels in der ersten Klasse getragen.
Ich flog aus dem Bus. Ich bekam all die Witze ab. Aber ich mag einen guten Streit.
F: Wann hast Du das letzte mal geschlägert?
A: Das ist eine Zeit lang her. Wollen und es wirklich tun ist ein großer Unterschied.
Wenn ich keine Angst vor Prozessen hätte, dann lägen zwei Kerle von letzer Nacht noch immer ohnmächtig am Boden. Wir gingen in eine Bar in Boston und dieser besoffene Typ fuhr mit seinen Fingern durch meine Haare. Dann hat er mein Bier geklaut. Um es kurz zu machen, er sagte, "In meinem Land –." Und ich sagte, "In meinem Land ist es ok Leute mit dem Billiard Queue auf den Kopf zu schlagen.“ Männliche Groupies sind komisch. Sie wollen, daß ich auf ihren Ärschen unterschreibe. Aber jetzt wollen alle mit mir über meinen Freund reden. Ich sage, "Fuck!" Aber ich habe mehr weibliche Groupies.
F: Warst Du je mit einer Frau zusammen?
A: Als ich 13 war küsste ich ein Mädchen in die ich total verknallt war. Es war lustig. Ich hatte Ecstasy genommen. Sie hat mich für meinen Bruder velassen. Seit dem habe ich immer die Finger von Frauen gelassen.
F: Wie lang hast Du gewartet Sex zu haben, nachdem du Carey getroffen hast?
A: Ich hatte noch keinen Sex mit ihm. Quatsch, war bloß Spaß! Ich warte gerne.
Mein Körper ist was Besonderes. Man bekommt nur so viel Respekt wie man verlangt. Aber es hängt davon ab. Impulse sind Impulse. Ich bin ständig im Konflikt.
F: Wollen Jungs daß Du im Bett ausflippst wegen Deinem Image?
A: Ich habe bei Vh1 die 25 sexiest rock stars angeschaut. Ich war auf Platz 7.
Der Typ saget “Pink sieht hart aus, sie wird einen wohl die ganze Nacht schlagen”.
Carey und ich waren im Bett, wollten gerade schlafen gehen. Ich sagte, "Wir können nicht schlafen gehen, ich muß Dich die ganze Nacht schlagen." Wir haben gelacht, uns umgedreht und geschlafen.
F: Stehst Du auf sexuelle Abenteuer?
A: Ich möchte gerne... Ich lebe fromm im Gegensatz zu meinen schwulen Freunden. Fesseln würde Spaß machen. Und ich denke alle Kerle sollten das Gefühl des Eindringens kennen – es ist nur fair.
F: Gibst Du lieber oder nimmst Du lieber?
A: Ich nehme lieber. Ich werde immer nehmen.
F: Wirst Du überall bemerkt?
A: Ja. Meine Muttermale im Gesicht verraten mich. Sie waren mein liebster Teil des Körpers bis ich betrunken war, ohnmächtig wurde und meine Freunde „Verbinde die Punkte“ spielten. Ich hab den wasserfesten Stift nicht abbekommen.
F: Du hast einige Tattoos, inklusive eines “What comes around goes around” auf Deinem Handgelenk. Wieviele sind es insgesamt?
A: Ich denke 11. Carey und ich haben passende “True love” tattoos.
Weil sein Nachname Hart ist, habe ich ein rotes Herz mit “Love” dahinter. Er hat „PINK“ auf seinem Hintern.
F: Wie war es mit 22 einen Grammy zu gewinnen?
A: Seltsam. Ich fühlte mich nicht als wäre es meiner. Als Jugendliche habe ich Leichtathletik gemacht. Ich war Turnerin. Wenn ich nicht gewonnen habe, habe ich auch für sonst niemanden geklatscht. Ich war ein totaler Rotzlöffel. Das hab ich noch nicht hinter mir. Als ich den Grammy gewonnen habe war ich glücklich und meine Eltern waren stolz, aber ich fühlte mich, als hätte ich ihn für das Team gewonnen.
Ich warte auf meinen eigenen.
F: Gibt es irgendwas über deine Lady Marmalade Kolleginnen Mya, Lil'
Kim and Christina Aguilera zu erzählen?
A: Ich kann nichts schlechtes sagen. Ich verbringe kaum Zeit mit ihnen. Mya ist
wunderbar. Lil' Kim ist vulgär aber süß. Christina ist Christina. Belassen wir’s dabei.
Q: Wo wir gerade von Divas sprechen, ist nicht Beyoncè ausgeflippt als Du sie Deinem Hund Fucker bei den MTV Awards vorgestellt hast?
A: Oh ja. Sie ist ein Kirchenkind. Darauf war sie nicht vorbereitet. Sie sagte , "Er ist so süß – wie heißt er? " Ich sagte, "Fucker." Sie sagte, "Zurück zu Dir Kurt."
Vielen dank an Angel!!!
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the first time i see pink its 7am and she is lying prone on a stage, feet up near the bass drum, baseball cap pulled over her face, pantomining sleep while her band does a noisy instrumental run-through of her uk number 1 just like a pill. having got up before dawn to get to the lwt's live saturday morning kids show, i can sympathise; in fact everyone expect the perkily effiecient cd:uk crew is looking bleary eyed. But now its time to take a level on pinks vocals, so she sits up on the edge of the drummers podium, cap still down, slumped over the mic. and then this sound comes out, and everyone who's in the half empty studio going about their business suddenly stops dead and stares. Its a powerful husky soul wail that doesn't seem to fit the tiny young body its coming from; a smoky-nicotined stained voice weary with experience and heavy with emotion. And pink doesn't even look as if she is trying.
After the first run through she stand up to ask for some changes to the sound levels while craig logan- formerly of Bros, more recently manager of Tina Turner and now of pink- trots up to explain that this is a kids show going out live' so no cursing huh?' she nods, running through the song for a second time an excising the word 'bitch' with professional prcision ( the references to morphine, pills and trips are apparently acceptable for britains impressionable young minds.) The current bad girl of pop seems sanitised and subdued here, where a show of attitude will have no effect except to make a long workin day even longer. 'I'm a toothless tiger,' she'll tell me later. ' I got a big bark and no bite.'
A few hours later she'll perform the song live, with a little mroe makeup and a lot mroe gusto. the baseball cap has gone, revealing a shock of short raven- black dyed hair, but the baggy jeans and vest top remain. At the directors prompting, the studio audience will crowd dutifully round the stage to watch her, but by the middle of the song their enthusiasm is unforced and the applause at the end is rapturous. As pink walks back from the studio rto the dressing room, some girls from the audience scream.
Sitting in the canteen afterwards, I watch on a silent screen while one of the showsother guests foes through an energetic, precise but completely joyless dance routine. She's blonde and pretty and dressed in the regulation tight and skimpy outfit but with the sounds turned down i don't recognise holly valance. She could be any one of a dozen other identical pop blondes, and i'm gald pink is around right now, offering a tougher, less plasic alternative image to the shows viwers.'They really need reality' she agrees later. 'There are so many girls out there who think they have to do that, and they just don't. I've always loved the fact that i could be myself and say ''screw everyone, I'm not doing that.'''
But she won't be drawn into any crticism of production line pop.'I've always loved pop music'she confesses ' I went to New Kinds on the Block concerts. I'm not going to lie- i did. And i screamed.' Mark Wahlberg's big borhter donnie was her dream kid. 'He was the bad boy,' she groans ' and i wanted him so bad!.'
Pink always wanted to be a pop star. As far back as she can remember, it seemed inevitable to her that one day she'd be famous. even in kindergarten, she remembers tellin teachers that if they'd let her off her homework now, she'd give them free tickets to her concerts later. 'They were like, ''whatever. this girls living in dreamland.'' she luaghs' But i honestly can't remmeber thinking i'd do anythign else. I just didn't believe there was any other place for me on this earth than to make music. I'm so anti-authority that i could never have a regular job. I've wlaays been into poetry and arts an dancing and drinking and it seemed like the only thing, it just seemed natural.'
She always sang, always had a voice, thought when she was young and friends urged ehr to sing for their parents, she'd insist they turned their backs becasue she was too shy to do it with anyone looking. She;s still shy, covering it up with a veneer of loudness. And the voice got more powerful as she grew, its rasps rfined by the cigarettes she's smkoed since she was nine ( she still gets though a pack a day and says they've also begun to limit her once-operatic voice range.)
To her, it seemed that music would be an escape from what she'd known growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. ' I thought it woukld be different from what i saw my parents go through, sturglling to make ends meet, fighting over bills and just bored with thei lives. I just wanted more. I wanted to see the world, I wanted to conquer it.'
And now here she is- seven millions albums sold, a grammy on the shelf for her collaboration on lady marmalade- getting up at dawn to sit for hours in a drab tv dressing room as part of a hectic promotional tour round europe. Its saturday. so this must be london. Yawning and picking gingerly at a lunch of tired vegetables and chicken that looks like road-kill, she can see the irony.
'I've been doing this professionally for seven years, but i'm still dealing with the fact that anticipation never meets reality.' she says.' When i was a little girrl. i had this dream in my head and thats al i thought about. What i saw on television, wacthign madonna- that was going to be my life. I was going to make incredible music, i was going to change the world, i was going to be rich and famous and gorgeous and skinny and perfect. My life would just be roses and chocolates and various men would fly around the world to see me and i'd have love affairs and wake up in paris and eat croissants.'
The reality is more mundane: she's happy with the musi cshe's making, she's met some amazing people but, she says, ' I still have to ge tup early.' Living out of a suitcase no longer seems glamourous- the htoels all look the same, only the foos changes- and she tired and homesick. Not so long ago pink finally got a 2 bedroom apartment in Venie Beach , LA. She bought 2 rats, Thelma and Louise, and jack russel dog she called fucker. Last year at the x games, she met her current bf, motorcross rider Carey Hart. He's the atattooed mohican she's makin out with in the video to ' Just like a pill,' but in the US he's better known for motorcycle stunts liek the Hart Breaker- a back flip that he triesd to perform within minutes of first meeting pink, crashing and breakin 14 bones.
Last year at the x games she met her current bf, motocross rider carey Hart. he's the tatooed mohican she's making out with in the video to ' just like apill,' but in the Us he's better known for motorcycle stunt like the Hart Breaker- a back flip that he tried to perform within minutes of first metting pink, crashing and breaking 14 bones.
So far its been a long- distance realtionship. he lives in las vegas, she lives in los angeles. She's been on the road for the past year, he's touring for the next few months. ' It was easier for me when i wasn't in a relationship,' she says wistfully, ' becasue i didn't have anyone to miss, I could focus completely on what i was doing. I had no real reason to go home. Then i got a dog and a bf.So i have 2 pets to look after and i can't do it.'
The rats have been ' adopted by a nice lady in San Francisco,' and the dog is temporarily living with her dad under the assumed name of Fredo. Now that pink has all that she dreamed of as a girl, her fantasies are less ambitious: she wants to go home, get a tub of Ben & Jerrys, hire a video and watch it in bed with ehr boyrfiend. failing that, she'd settle for a few days home alone taking a bath, smelling ehr own sheets.
Its not all bad, she says. yesterday she met Faith Hill, who has just recorede one of pinks songs for her new album. 'Theres a lot of good stuff. Just after a year of this once you get tired you go into delerium.. I figured when i dropeed out of high school, i'd never have to deal with business. And now here i aam, doing all of those things. the music business is politics, its all abotu business, you know what i mean?' She laughs again, takes yet another cigarette out of a silver cas and lights it. ' I am enjoying it a lot, but i'm just confused. Like how did all this happen? What have i created? Holy shit!'
A few hours later pink abandones the rest of her european schedule and jumps on a plane back to california. When her PR calls to tell me this, she hints at some dark crisis. I suspect that even as we're talking pink's nose is deep, deep in her own sheets.
Alecia Moore was bron just outside Philadelphia in 1979, the youngest of 2 children. her mum an ER nurse who now heads a heart unit in Philly's Temple Hospital, her dad a vietnam vet who set up his own insurance company after leaving the air force. He served 2 terms in 'nam celebrating his 21st birthday there. 'If anybody got within 50 feet of you, you killed them,' he later told his daughter. 'It was just about survival,' By the time he came home he said he was a 1000 year old man in a 21 year olds body and he found it hard to relate to his friends ebcasue they seemed so childish. 'It took him a long time to even talk about it,' says pink quietly, 'but we went to a lot of vets parties, and just seeing the camaraderie between them, was an amazing thing to witness.'
Alecia doesn't know when her parents staretd fighting. They were married for 19 years, and she describes the family home during her first 9 years of life as their own personal world war 3. ' I figure thats how war is, but without guns. It was a very tiptoey environment, like walking on egg shells. it was just so tense, all the time. I remember- I couldn't have been more than 3 yars oold- just crying myself to sleep every night, praying to god to make it better. Like how can i fix my family? Becasue kids always think its thei fault.'
'I have one memory of crying my eyes out, my mum coming up the stairs and i'm like ' Mum are you and daddy going to get a divorce?'' and she came in the room and said ' Oh no, honey, we're just fighting.' But it was like that every day. It was like fuck you! Get the fuck out! We don't fucking need you!'' If i splieed the milk at dinner, it was run to your room and hide, because it's abotu to start.'
By the time she left for school she was already shking with nerves. 'Then you go to schoool, and your outspoken and you might not look the part, and teachers automatically judge youa nd you're the Bad Kid. YOu'v already had enough before you even get there, and then you ahve 8 hours of people ragging on you. No wonder i had so many detentions! No wonder i spent most of my time in the guidance coucellors office!'
her parents finally parted when she was nine; her dad is now remarried, to a nurse who was also in vietnam. About the divorce she says ' We never really talked about it, ever. None of us did. It just kind of happened, and we moved on.' She hadn't inteneded to sing abotu her parents in family portrait. She's liked the music her friend Scott Storch had put down, and went into the vocal booth to put down a melody or two, ahve something to take home ot write lyrics to. And it all spilled out. 'Twenty minutes later the song was finished, i was crying. And i felt so naked and vulnerable and horrible and spent, I just left. I had to leave.' For a while, she couldnt' stand to be in the studio when the track was played. 'I just couldn't let people know that much about me, and me be there wjile they were listening to it.'
She gets lots of letters abotu this track, which is her next UK single. 'There are some really tear jerking letters. Those are the. 'OK, its worth it' letters.' Whats she's come to realise she says is that they are actually a pretty normal family compared to some. 'I've watched Jerry Springer!' she laughs ' I know i'm normal now! I think thats why people watch the show- becasue they want to feel better about their own familied.'
Alecia often ran away from home. Looking for an escape from the war at home and from boredom of her suburb, she learned to skateboard because her brother told her girls couldn't. She learned to breakdance for the same reasons. ' I was always climbing trees, skateboarding, all kinds of things. I thought I should have been born a boy for a long time, but I'm very glad i'm a girl. I ca't imagine walking around with that thing swinging between your legs,' she laughs again, uproariously. 'How annoying would that be?'
She started hanging out in the clubs- all ages raves at first, then more adult places. the clubs were full of freaks she says ' And I thought ' finally i fit it!' I could express myself.' She lvoed the gay clubs best, becasue there she could dance and dance 'without getting mya ss grabbed.'
She met a kid called Scratch and joined his dance crew, battling other dancers, running round the clubs till seven in the mroning. When he formed a rap group, Scratch 'n' Smoove, she sang mary j blige hooks in the background. She also joined a coupl of bad punk bands. During these years, she was constantly in trouble. A girl stole her diary an dput up pages from it around school, so alecia broke into her house to get it back. She was arrested for breaking and entering, then had a restraining order put on her for threatening to kill the girl. 'it was all stupid, juvenile stuff,' she says casually, mentionin a string of minor other misdemeanours: attacking a bus driver for a rascist comment, disturbing the peace.
Philly she says, can be boring and it can be dangerous. the broedom led her to seek out the danger, so she experienced her share of both. One ex-bf qwas shot in the leg while being robbed. She had a gun put to her won head a few times. One night when they were abotu 13, pinka nd a girlfriend were 'out at night, looking for trouble' in north philly and found it when they were mugged. 'All i had was my homework in my pocket, so they didn't take anything from me. But they took $300 from my girlfriend and pistol whipped her in the mouth, put her teeth into the back of her throat. It wasn't a fun evening.'
The philly club scne she enjoyed was fuelled by a mixture of ecstacy, ketamine, crystal meth, angel dust and coke, and when i ask which of these she used, she answers carefully. 'I was an experimental kid, put it that way. I was very curious and I'm glad i was curoous at a young age, because i would never take that part of my life back. It made me very aware of what things can do, and how much fun and hwo much disaster you can have in your life at the same time. And it wasn't for me. I went through it young and i'll never have to go through ti again. So i'm a much wiser and older 23 year old than a lot of people.'
She funded her lifestyle with weekend jobs in pizza hut, Burger king, and mcdonalds, but they never lasted. 'I would come in like still tripping on acid. i would try and look at the burgers and it used to make me feel so freaking nauseous, I'd be like 'I can't do this! I can't look at this meat!''
There was heroin too, all around her as the scene got darker and messier, thought she says she never tried it becasue of a fear of needles. her friends Tim Russel and Sekou did- both OD'd and died. ( pink includes sekou in the credits to her first album can't take me home, with the message ' I knwo you're watching.') She had a couple of friends killed in drink driving accidents too. Pointless, wasteful eaths. 'Its just ignorance.'
Around this time, Alecia became pink. There are several storied floating around as to why, and when i ask for the true version she says ' sure, if your ears can handle it.' She tells me about her best freind Matt Apps, who she met when she wa 14 and describes him as ehe 'biggest, cuddliest, funniest touhg guy in the entire world.'
'For the first year of our friendship he kept begging me ' please, can i see it? Please can i see it, i've never seen a white girls thing! And he's so freaking relentless, but he's so harmless. I'm like ' Matt , no!' And i'm so cik of telling him no that one day i'm like ' You know what? Come here!' And i shoved his face down there and i was like ( shouts) ' see it? Take a good look, because you're never going to see it again"' And he had a revelation. He was like ' Onmygod! It's pink! '
'So they started calling me pink. I was the only white girl in our whole clique, and Resevoir Dogs was our favourite movie so i became Mr PInk, and Matt was Mr Blonde and there was Mr White, and we were all a buinch of thugs going around the city terrorising people.'
By the time i was 15, she says ' I was at th epoint where i just wanted to get out. To get out of that place and out of that life.' A DJ had given her a regular 5 minute spot every friday at a place called Club Fever, and one night an MCA talent scout came up to askif she'd like to join a girl grouip called basic Instinct. She sang witth hem for a while, then got kicked out, she claims matter of factly ' Becasue i was white. They sai di didn't fit in. Whatever.' ( they broke up a amonth later she laughs: ' Karma's a bitch!') Butr she'd been noticed, and was quickly recommended to another group, Choice. She auditioned for them in a railway station McDonalds, singing song fter song ' I was like ' I can sing whitney, I can sing mary, i can sing green day , I can sing Janis Joplin, I can sing Billy Joal, Phantom of the opera.. What genre are you looking for? i can do that!'
She was taken into choice on a 30 day trial. On the 28th day of her probation period, they went to Atlanta to audition at LaFace, the record label founded by the massively successful write/producer partnership LA and Baby face. During their pak years in the late 80's early 90's Antonio ' LA' Reid and kennth ' Babyface' Edmonds created hits for everyone from Whitney Houston to Madonna. babyface has contued witht he studio work whiel La has concentrated on running the label, bulding up a roster that includes TLC, Usher, Outkast and Toni Braxton. Pinks first imrpession of her new mentor was that he looke dlike' a mob boss. he was at the had of the table and everyone was kind of tiptoeing around him. And i came in and gave him super attitude- it was pretty funny.'
What did i see in Choice?' says LA Reid when i talk to him alter. 'What i saw in choice was Alecia. And thats why i signed them. She cam einto my conference room, and she just staretd to wail. her personality was so , so contagious.' According to pink, La told her ' You're my new superstar.' 'Yeah maybe' she replied. 'But you don't own me.'
Dropping out of school and moving to atlanta, choice spent the next two years practicing 8 hours a day and flying around the country to work with various producers, r n b fluff for hire' It was 2 long years of recording and spenign major money, and at the tiem i didn't realise it was all recoupable, so i didn't give a shit,' says pink.
Finally after the trio played a showcase gig at the La Face xmas party, La Reid took her aside and said it wasn't working. Pink says it would be illegal to repeact exactly what was said in that meeting, but her options were clear: if she wanted a career she had to go solo. But the decison was hers 'And i was just sick over it, I couldn't believe it was put on me to make this decision.'
'She really wrestled with it,' confirms LA. 'She eventually got aboard and said ' Ok I'm ready to go.' But it was a tough one becasue she was really loyal to her girls.'
Two more years of recording began, with an assortment of r n b and hip hop pop producers. Slowly pink begain to contribute more to the songs. She's brought her bf with her from philly. but sh found out he was messing around with 2 other women. 'It was the most painful, weirdest, most unhealthy relationship ever,' she says now. 'I though ti was in love, but i was just kind of dependant.'
Her anger towards him began to creep into the songs, adding an edge to what would otherwise have been an album of slick, production line urban pop. Towards the very end of the making on CTMH, says La, his protegee negan pushing towards an identity of her own. 'She really started to find herself musically.'
Meanwhile pink watched as girls her age - Britney, Aaliyah, Xtine - begain to take over the charts. At the time, she says it was frustrating, 'But i learned so much in those 4 years. I had many lesson sin the msuic business, I didn't realise that ppl could be so - horrible. Amnd really good at it, really convinving. It helped that i gre up on the streets. Not too may people could pull the wool over my eyes. So they didn't like me.'
She pauses and laughs efiantly ' I was not liked,generally.'
Bored, she says eh got into more troble and La became like a substitute father, telling her that she couldn't keep fighting in shopping malls, lecturing her abotu cursing poepl out and giving them the finger.
At one point, pink got herself a job in a pretol station, The advance from her contract was long gone and she needed the money ' I have expensice tastes. I like clothes, and i like... back then, i was buying my weed an di needed gas money adn whatever else a girl needs.' She served sandwhiches in the deli, pumped petrol. 'I had no problem with it,' she shrugs ' Shit, it was pay cheque. But i had to get up at 5 in the morning, which sucked.'
Then one day La's son walked into th garage and saw her. La was furious. 'The nest day i was in his office getting reamed out ( shouts) ' what does it look like for my next superstar to be working in a freaking gas staion?' and i said ' I'm not qutiing' 'Yes you are! YOu're gonna quit'' i said ' Fucking pay me! Pay me what i get in my pay cheque every week, or i'm not qutiing' and i put my hand out' so did he? ' Yes, the fuck he did!' she laughs.
According to La, al yuo have to do was ask for the moent and you'd have go it anyway. 'Yeah right! My ass!' she laughs again. 'If thats so, then maybe i was stupid. But i didn't care. I was going to work for mine.'
Then CTMH came out,a nd money was no longer an issue. America embraced ' this pink ahired freak. pissed- off girl with a bad attitude problem writing songs about bad relationships.' The album was a success selling 2 million copies. 'But it wasn't mine,' says pink. 'I didn't get to push all the buttons.'
When it came to making a follow up , she anted to make something more honest, something more reflective of all the musical influences she grew up with, to be more than a voice for hire. At a photoshoto one day, she was going sneakily through the make -up artistsaddress book- as you do- when a name jumped out at her. She;d worshipped raucous one hit wonder 4 non blondes in her early teens, and had even been arrested for disturbing the peace once, while out of it and screaming uot lead non blonde Linda Perrys songs at the top of her voice. 'I just loved her, I could feel her pain. Through her songwriting adn through the emotion in her voice, she spoke to me like no one else aside from janis joplin could. What she was writing about was - my life, you know? just wanting to escape i never felt closer to anyone that i'd never met.'
She wrote down the number and later called it, leaving a long message on Perrys machine saying that she loved her, she wanted to work with her and threatening to stalk her is she didn't call back. 'I could barely understand what was going on,' recalls perry of the ten minute message. ' This girl sounded very excited, and very shy at the same time.'
Unsigned and happily working on her own tracks at the time, perry wasn't even sure who pink was, and had to look out a video to find out. She didn't like ti much, but called back anyway. 'You're fucking crazy,' she said. 'I know' said pink ' Wel why don't you come over?'
When they met perry said the musci pink was making was too fluffy. Pink agreed. Perry explained that she was an old school rocker, and knew nothing about current muscial trends. Pink said thats why she wanted to work with her. 'She wanted to make a more hoenst, open record, to express her feelings more clearly and to put musci to it that wasn;t like whats going on,' says perry now. 'Thats what caught my ear. i thoguht that was a pretty bold step.'
They worked together quite intensely aftr that in Perrys home studio. And all the anger an hurt of her teens came tumbling out. Eveen La got a mention with pink railing against the etiquette lessons he once offered her. When i ask perry if there was every any doubts abotu what they were doing she says no. 'Shes the one that kept me confident, because when she was singing it, i believedd every fucking word.'
They never forced it, she says. there was never any pressure to writ a single, take anything in a direction it didn't want to go. For the first time, pink was having fun aming music. One day, when the mood was wrong, they ended up jumping fully clothes into perrys pool. It is, Pink observes, pretty hard to swim with ur clothes on. At night ehy often went to a strip club and perry bought pink her first lap dance. 'It was intersting,' she gilles, 'Because i think the girl wanted me.' Either that or she was a good actor i point out. 'Maybe, i guess thats the wheol point huh?' pink pauses, thinks then laughs again ' No, I think she really wanted me.'
It was an intense time,. and the two women formed a tight bond. With the albums huge success, perryis now in demand as a producer. working withCourtney Love, Xtina, and Britney. Pink admits to an intial pang of jealously. ' I felt abandoned. I'm very anamilistic, possssive, like mama bear. And if anyone comes near my cubs, i get violent. But i had to kind of let go, and i really was happy for he. And i had to concentrate on that.'
Although La says he only had a few reservations when he heard the new songs pink has always claimed that she had to fight hard for this new direction. 'He thought i was abandoing my fans, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it,' She could understand why it would be wrong for a r n b star to suddently rock out because it was fashionable, she argued, 'But what i'm doing is natural. I haven't chanegd who i am, haven;t changed my beliefs, I haven;t changed anything other than producers. So this is what i'm going to do and if you guys don't tlike it then i'd like to go back to work in mcdonalds. because i will not make another album that is producer driven, and that is a fact. i won't do it.'
She had the advantage, she says because La knew she meant itSh'ed rather go home and start a band to paly her own songs than be shipped round this years hip urban producers. 'I'm fearles when it comes to that kind of shit. If you don't take chances, you'll never win.'
Missundaztood has now sold nrealy 5 million copies worldwide, but for pink, thats not what is most imporatnt. 'I'm really happy that i even got th chance to do this. It was so raw, and it was finally- for one little loment, my anticipation did meet my reality. and i was content. What ever happens, I've had my fun you know?'
Another day another dressing room. i talk to pink again 10 days later, on th ephone in NY, while she prepares for the face's photo session. There was no big crisi that made her leave europe she confirms she just wamnted to go home. She saw her dad, she wandered round ehr apartment, she went to he grocery store then cooked herslef ground turkey and pasta, had a beer and watched my cousin viine on video, We talk abotu her tattoos: 12 of thm at last count. 'I just get the itch every once in a while. I'm addicted. I love them.' She got the first one when she was 12. its on her ankle, the japanese symbol for goodluck and happiness ' Becasue i really wnated good luck and happiness when i was 12.' She usually has a new one done when she's bored, or when she sees something with real meanign toher. The barcode on the back of her neck is from m,issundaztood because she's proud of the album.
in an interview a while back, her bf asaid he and pink have 'tru love' tattooed on their wrists, but when we met in london she told me she could never write a love song, 'Because i've nver been in love. I've never sen my parents be in love. So i don't know anything about that.'
'I love Carey,' she says carefully, when i ask her aboutthis again. 'He's great. H'e a good guy. I love him, but not in the way that you possess something? he's one of the few that don't think in a certain mind frame frame: the cehating and the i have to ahve this and its all about money and looks and 10 girls at once and all that dumb stuff.']
Theres a point in most pink interviwes where she's aked if she's ever kissed a girl. She usually says yes- in clubs, for a bet. And on her 22nd borthday, during a game of spin the bottle, she famously kissed xtina aguilera. What thy're really askin this tough girl is something different of course, so it seems righ to ask it straight. Have you had sex with a girl? 'No, i haven't' she says calmly.
Why do u think u appeal to gay girls?' L:et me ask a couple' she says, shouting out to her friend and assistant Laura Wilson ' Whats my appeal to gay girls?' Laughign , she relays the answer down the phone. 'Becasue i'm storng, assertive, cool, hot. And laura likes my nipples.'
When i ask pink what she sess herself doing in 10 yrs time, she says ' Making music for other people, making babies, making love, making artwork, wahtver. Just trying to be alive and healthy.' She's stering clear of any grand plans and recently put a 6 figure publishing deal for her autobiography on hold ' becasue i don't think i've lived long enough.'
Soon she'll start work on a new album, adn the only thing that anyone seems certain of is that it won't be more fo the same. 'don't assume youi know what her next step will be,' says linda, ' becuase she will knowck you out of the water with her next record, i know she will.' 'I dont know where its going to go,' agres LA Reid. 'You know, I'm as curious as you are.'
PInk herself says she has a few vague ieas, but no firm plans. Sh;es waiting for somethign to click, like ti did when she saw linda paerrys number. 'I always make a joke abotu death metal opera,' she muses ' But i stil think it would be hot'
Kerle - jetzt gibt's was auf die Ohren!
P!NK, 22, US-Sängerin, hat rosa Haare und Riesenerfolg. Nur die Männer haben nichts zu lachen!
P!nk sitzt in dem Sessel ihres Frankfurter Hotelzimmers und steckt sich eine Zigarette an. "Ich werde mein ganzes Leben missverstanden", erzählt sie mit rauchiger Stimme. Deshalb nannte sie ihre aktuelle CD "M!ssundaztood". P!nk macht übrigens aus jedem "i" ein "!". Der Grund: "Ich bin wie ein großes pinkes Ausrufezeichen." Ein wildes Mädchen also. Als Kind riss P!nk fast täglich von zu Hause aus, um den Streitereien ihrer Eltern zu entfliehen. Das brachte sie sogar hinter Gitter: "Ich wurde in eine Zelle gesperrt, bis mein Vater mich abgeholt hatte. Ich war eine echte jugendliche Straftäterin." Mit fünzehn flog sie von der Schule, zog zu Hause aus und jobbte bei McDonald's. Nebenbei schrieb sie ihre ersten Lieder, trat bei Talentshows auf und wurde so entdeckt. Mit sechzehn hatte sie ihren ersten Plattenvertrag in der Tasche: "Die Leute in meiner Plattenfirma haben mich gehasst. Ein Wunder, dass ich nicht gefeuert wurde." P!nk feierte die Nächte durch und verschlief die Tage. Platzte in die Meetings ihrer Plattenbosse, sprang auf den Tisch und sang ihre neuesten Lieder. Schikanierte ihre Betreuer.
Sexy und frech gab sich P!NK im Sommer 2001 als Viertel der "Lady-Marmalade" - Hit-Girls. Solo geht sie jetzt back to the roots: wild, hart & kampfbereit!
Yam: Dein neues Album heißt "M!ssundaztood". Fühlst du dich wirklich oft missverstanden?
Yam!: Du kamst ja schon sehr früh zur Musik...
Yam!: Deine Songs wirken meist sehr persönlich...
Yam!: Richtig Ärger, oder nur mal Stress mit den Eltern?
Yam!: Erzähl wenigstens, wie es bei dir in der Schule lief...
Die Party kann beginnen, denn jetzt komme ich! Die ganze Straße rastet aus, weil ich Gummi schmoren lasse - und ihr könnt mir alle mal den Arsch küssen...tönt Alicia Moore (22) alias P!NK auf "Get the party started", ihrem ersten Solo-Top-Ten-Hit. Die Blondine aus Doylestown/Pennsylvania ist die Härteste unter Amerikas "Nu Divas" - schrill, laut, ungezogen. Beim Videodreh zum lgendären "Schlampen-Hit" "Lady Marmalade" legte sie sich prompt mit Partnerin Christina Aguilera an, als sie sich die größte Garderobe schnappte und sich dann noch demonstrativ auf dem mit Christinas Namen beschrifteten Stuhl niederließ. "Die hat mich vielleicht angegiftet!", erinnert sich P!NK amüsiert. "Doch inzwischen respektieren wir uns. Ich habe mich entschuldigt." P!NK hat sich jetzt auf Britney eingeschossen. "Die verdammte Britney Spears", flucht sie unverblümt in "Don't let me get me" über ihre Konkurrentin. "Ich will nicht mir ihr verglichen werden. Sie ist so hübsch, das werde ich nie sein!", giftet sie neidisch in der Nummer auf ihrer gerade erschienen CD "M!ssundaztood". Angeblich ist P!NK scharf auf Justin, der sie aber abblitzen ließ. "Ich rede zu erst und denke dann nach. Deshalb verletze ich Leute, ohne es zu wollen", gesteht P!NK selbstkritisch - "mein größter Fehler!" Ihren Spitznamen bekam Alicia im Kindergarten verpasst, weil sie bei jeder Gelegenheit rot wurde. "Ich hatte eine Scheißjugend - ohne Liebe", erzählt sie. "Die Musik von Janis Joplin, 2Pac und Guns N'Roses half mir zu überleben!" Ihre ersten Auftritte hatte P!NK im "Fever", einem Club in Philadelphia. Dort wurde sie vom R'n'B-Papst Antonia "L.A." Reid entdeckt und landetet mit "There u go" ihren ersten Hit.
Popcorn Artikel 2002
"Ich will provozieren!"
Stimmt es, dass du die uneheliche Tochter von Madonna bist und adoptiert wurdest?
Was ist da in London passiert, warum bist du so ausgerastet?
Dein Aktuelle Album heißt "M!ssundaztood". Fühlst du dich oft missverstanden?
So harmlos kannst du ja nicht sein. Immerhin bist du ein paar Tage in den Knast gewandert...
Mit den Leuten, die auf deinem Album mitspielen, hast du dich aber verstanden?
Und - hat's wehgetan?
Lebst du noch in Philadelphia?
Du fährst inzwischen Auto? Du hattest doch nach vielen Motorradunfällen Fahrverbot?
Du bist ein ganz schön wildes Girl. Hast du deshalb bei "Lady Marmalade" mitgemacht?
Wie würdest du deinen Style beschreiben?
Deinem Namen bist du jetzt untreu geworden. Deine Haare sind im Moment blond...