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Taratata (France, TV)
March 18, 1994
Tori Amos interview and live performance
transcript by Andria Lishka
We sit through several smarmy french singers, and then they announce Tori
as 'Un soul voix, accomapanee par piano' (a lone voice acompanied by piano)
and then they focused on Tori, and she sang something about a Mission
(does that sound right? 'Pass the misson' figured heavily in the corus)
then they interviewed her(I'll translate the French [roughly] of the
Int: (Starts out by complementing her style of piano playing, she says
Int: So what does the title of your latest album _Under the Pink_ mean?
Under the skin? Behind the girl?
Tori: You got it. You said it.
Tori: It's sort of the whole concept of woman.
Int: Your words [me: he means lyrics] are very strong, where do you get
Int: (sort of cutting her off- he's been translating between the english of
his questions and french for the audience) You seem to have a lot of
trouble with religion-
Tori: Yeah, well a lot of the lyrics are about religion and sex- I got a
letter recently, from a guy who wanted to marry me-
Int: (interupts and translats for the audience, then askes her to go on)
Tori: the guy wanted to marry me, and tie me to a chair and read me the Lord's
word to me, 18 hours a day, until I understood God.
Int: (tries and fails to understand all of this, and gets someone else, to
try to tell her answer in French, and this person got most of it, except
the part about it being God's word the guy wanted to read to her, then they
invite viewers to call in if they understood it differently)
Int: So your father is a priest?
Tori: Yes, a pastor.
Int: Does he agree with your words [lyrics]
Tori: OH no. Not at all.
Int: Does that cause problems for your family? Do you hate your father?
Tori: No, we're still friends, but when we're together there are certain
subjects we don't talk about...
Int: What's your big problem with religion, and your dad, what was it that
Tori: Well, when I was little, we were taught to be like Mary, the virgin, and
I always said, but what about the Magdelin? We know she was a single
mother and liked to have fun. I always wanted to be like her, not Mary the
~ ~ ~
At this point, they wrapped it up, saying two of the other singers that had
been on the show really liked her singing, and they brought out those two,
and Tori played piano, and they (all three of them) sang an abridged
version of 'China,' which sounded really good, actually, then her spot was
They had her on for maybe ten or fifteen minutes total. Incidentaly, this
edition of this particular show, Taratata, happened to feature only women
artists (usually there's guy artists too, and mainly only French artists).
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