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UNLIKE MANY OF POP’S ONE HIT
WONDERS, P!NK IS STILL AROUND
– AND SASSIER THAN EVER. SHE
VISITS AUSTRALIA THIS MONTH AND
SHARES HER THOUGHTS WITH LOTL
ON HER WORK.
Your new album I’m Not Dead is full of
attitude. Where did that come from?
I didn’t expect to be so emotionally
involved in this album because the last one
was definitely a draining experience but
... I guess I was just kind of at that place
where I felt like I kind of had something to
add to the world. I feel like there’s a hole
and I know how to fill it; people aren’t
talking trash anymore. I was just feeling
really creative and really emotionally
available again, and it came out great.
Every song is a winner. The album is
packed with power.
I did forty some songs. At the beginning
of the record I was like, “I don’t know if I
have anything to say, I don’t know if I can
do this.” Forty songs later they are like,
okay that’s good, you can stop there.
I’m Not Dead – what does the title
suggest to you.
I’m Not Dead definitely came from the
awakening – it felt good to feel again.
I turned twenty-five and I just kind of
woke up and realised I have so much to
learn, whereas before I thought I knew
everything. That’s definitely a huge part of
The song “Stupid Girls” has been
thought to be about young media-hungry
women like Paris Hilton; less than
desirable female role models. Can you tell
us about the background to that song?
“Stupid Girls” is about the epidemic; it’s
about everyone and no one. I live in L.A.
and it’s all around me, it’s everything we
see on television. I wrote it because I think
there should be a choice, and there’s not
a choice being given right now. It’s their
way or the highway, and I’m the highway.
It’s a fun song; it’s all in good fun.
The track “Leave me Alone, I’m Lonely”
would suggest you are a contrary kind of
I was feeling that way, I get really
cramped. Every girl needs her space, and
that’s just about that. It’s just a funny take
on “I love you”.
On the track “Dear Mr. President” you
invited The Indigo Girls to sing. Why?
I was in New York and it was Martin
Luther King Day and I was feeling very
political. I had been watching the news and
reading the New York Times every day. I
was just feeling exhausted by watching the
news and listening to people on both sides
of the fence argue and we wrote the song.
I think it’s one of the most important songs
I’ve ever written. I got the Indigo Girls
to sing backing vocals with me, and I’ve
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