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February 5, 1996
Talking with . . . Tori Amos
"My Dinner with Clunky"
How offbeat is singer-songwriter Tori Amos? Well, her childhood imaginary
pal Clunky, a purple monkey, is alive and well and in a song on her third
full-length solo CD, BOYS FOR PELE (Atlantic).
"I've been aware of him for years," says
Amos, 32, an American who's single and lives in London, "I've had many a dinner with him. He's always sitting on my shoulder."
WHERE DO YOU WRITE YOUR SONGS?
I like writing in bathrooms. The acoustics can
be great. You can turn on the water, sing, and nobody can hear you.
LIKE TERI HATCHER, YOU HAVE A BIG FOLLOWING ON THE INTERNET? DO YOU READ THE
MESSAGES YOUR FANS SEND TO YOU?
I don't own a computer. I have a nine-foot piano
in my home to compose my messages. Why would I want a one-foot computer to do
the same thing? I'm fascinated by my road crew's fascination with computers,
but I don't have any desire to use that keyboard. I want to go back to my own.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PERFORMING LIVE?
When I play live, I walk in feeling that we
could go anywhere, reach any star system. Once I'm out there it's almost like I'm
in a trance. I can get very physical, too. Hopefully, when I go back on tour,
it'll tone my body.
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