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UP WITH CHUM NIC
VAN DYKE BEFORE HER
We know you as Pink but
your real name is Alecia.
Who calls you this? A lot
of people do now, nobody
used to, but pretty much
everybody I’ve met since m
albums started coming out
went back to using Alecia.
But I have other nicknames
now, ‘cause I’ve never like
Can you share them?
Cheech, Cheechi Marie, Fat Mamma.
I’m Not Dead is the first in a couple
of albums where you haven’t worked
with Linda Perry (Four Non Blondes).
What happened? We’re not friends
anymore [laughs]. No, I always like to
make it sound worse than it is [laughs].
We just went our separate ways. She’s
gone on and has a label now and is doing
fantastic, and I’m going a different way.
How did the Indigo Girls collaboration
on the album come about? I wrote
‘Dear Mr President’ with a guy named
Billy Man, and it was finished, but I still
thought it didn’t seem complete, and
I’ve always loved the Indigo girls, so I
use what I think are good songs as an
opportunity to meet the people I love. I
called them and they said yes. I flew to
Atlanta and spent a day with them.
Did you call them direct or do your
people call their people? I try to always
call them direct, ‘cause otherwise it starts
out gross: “Our management talked, now
we should meet…”
And they were receptive? Very – they’re
Tell me about your dogs? I have four
dogs, two rescue mutts and two English
bulldogs. One of my rescue mutts,
Bailey, likes to sit on floats in the pool. I
come home and he doesn’t even greet me
anymore; he doesn’t even get out of
Do you miss them when you are away?
God yes, but I have some great photos
of them on my computer. Bailey has
the cutest big bottom lip that sometimes
get chaffed so I put lip balm on my lips
then rub them into his. I have a photo of
his bottom lip which is my favourite to
remind me of him.
You made a cameo in Charlie’s Angels.
Do you have any more film work on
the horizon? I have enjoyed the learning
process of it all; it’s a completely
different way of being vulnerable. I
know I can sing, that’s what I know,
but I do like the different feeling [of
acting]. I don’t think that just because
you’re established in music you should
automatically be established in film. So
I would like to work from the ground
up, just like I did in music. Smart parts,
independent films, quirky – anything that
must have turned
n some roles then?
h, well, all the roles
y send me are the
nvict, the runaway, the
stitute, the junkie, or
there was one thing
u could fix in the
orld right now, what
ould that be? I would
x the way that we use
l and electricity and
ower. I would deem it
bsolutely illegal not to
ave a hybrid car and
ot to find other energy
ources. Then I’d make
nimal cruelty illegal.
Do you have any new tattoos? I
was going to get one while I was in
Melbourne because that’s where I get a
lot of my tatts, but I ran out of ideas. My
old tour manager was really good friends
with this guy Giovanni (in Melbourne)
and when I met him we became best
friends. I took my band down and got
them all tattoos so he now does me and
my band, and it’s all just a big tattoo
fest. I would love to get him a guest spot
at my husband’s tattoo shop. He has a
shop in the Palms Casino and a TV show
about it named Ink’d.
Tell me about your house? I think it’s
very homely and cosy, very down to
earth. My game room is the best room
in the house. I have a pool table and it’s
done like a circus: it’s a stripy burgundy
and gold canvas tent. I have all the bar
games, arcades, Miss Pacman...
Who keeps you grounded? My dogs, all
my friends, my dad. I just wasn’t raised
to be any other way. I guess I have other
goals than just being rich and famous.
by Nic Van Dyke
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