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New Musical Express (UK)
December 16, 1995
Tori Amos releases a new single Caught a Lite Sneeze on January 1. The
single is taken from her forthcoming album Boys For Pele, and additional tracks
include This Old Man, Hungarian Wedding Song, Toodles Mr. Jim, Samurai, and two
songs which are tributes to Chas 'N' Dave, London Girls and That's What I Like
Mick (The Sandwich Song).
The Album was recorded in Ireland and Louisiana and written during the end
of her Under the Pink tour. She said many of the songs were about the break-up
of her relationship, which lasted seven-and-a-half years.
She said: "My relationship finished during the
end of the tour. I was writing in the soundchecks, in the bathroom and in the
middle of the show. It's very strange when people break up because they don't
want to be together anymore. You break open the champagne and say see you
later. But it's different when you just can't be together. I think when you are
with a soulmate it's not just somebody who you are hanging out with to blow
time with. But you wake up one morning and you are making these gingerbread
muffins for breakfast and you are dropping razor blades in them to just see how
he reacts and you have to pull back and say hang on a minute. And that's really
where the record stems from; it's being a woman alone and not being able to
hide behind anybody else's personality. I steal fire from a lot of the men in
my life and that makes it fairly difficult and bloody. I didn't allow myself to
get angry and I needed to do that before I could kind of sit across the table
and say 'OK baby, I'll make a margarita without using a lethal alcohol.'"
Boys for Pele was also produced by Amos. "I
jumped off a lot of cliffs on this record as a writer, as a musician and as a
woman. Until now, I haven't allowed myself to explore the part of me that could
be so vicious and decadent," she said. "I'm
talking about blood-lusting, about living through them, whether they can get to
their dark side. Sometimes I think women need to be defecated on and yet you
are negotiating your contract. Nothing was ever enough, not enough records, not
enough fame, not enough men, not enough women.
"So I've begun to work with the extremes of my
own personality, not with any shrink. I walk down Oxford Street while people
are shopping. I just started observing the people and I started thinking about
their fantasies, their imaginations, their needs and you have to figure that a
lot of people don't experience that side.
"I think happiness is when you can let yourself
feel every emotion you want to at any time instead of just being a lying little
f---. People I see laughing all the time, check for razor blades in their
anal-force underwear, because it's just a little lie."
photo by Kevin Cummins
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