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Q (UK)
July 1997

Where Are You Now?
Tori Amos
In which Stories "catches up with" a slippery rock'n'roll personage...

Q: Why are you in London?

Tori: I'm recording a song for a film adaptation of Great Expectations, starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Q: Started work on your next album yet?

Tori: I'm writing the whole record in the tropics. It's great to watch the lizards and drink margaritas while you're writing. The humidity influences the whole rhythm of the songs -- your hip sways differently and my left hand is not the same as it was before. It's so humid, as soon as you take a shower you regret it. I love the heat, although it's absolutely necessary to ship in a lot of French perfume.

Q: What's RAINN?

Tori: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. It's the only 24-hour rape hotline in America. I helped to set it up after a girl came backstage on the 1994 Under the Pink tour sobbing hysterically and obviously in pain. We were about to leave when she said, Please let me come with you. My stepfather raped me last night and he'll do the same tonight. She was only 14. I wanted to take her with us but lawyers were straight on the phone, saying I'd be arrested for kidnapping if we crossed the state line. All I could do was give her a hug, a blanket and some spaghetti.

Q: "Silent All These Years" was recently a hit in America six years after release...

Tori: It was on a series of American TV adverts we made with Calvin Klein for RAINN. They felt my song "Me and a Gun" was a bit heavy for the ads so we went with "Silent All These Years" which is about finding your own voice.

Q: Has the success of Armand Van Helden's "Professional Widow" remix enticed you into a club yet?

Tori: No, I have my own parties. They involve being barefoot with a piece of fried chicken and margarita in each hand. "Professional Widow" was a laugh, wasn't it? I did a dance track with Brian Transeau, "Blue Skies." We grew up in Maryland at the same time. We went to rival high schools but we didn't know each other.


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