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Blender (US)
May 2004

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Q: What happened to the Tori Amos and Michael stipe collaboration "It Might Hurt a Bit," originally intended for the Don Juan DeMarco soundtrack? Was it ever released?
DAVID SCHAPPERT, WAYMART, PENNSYLVANIA

A: The recording, which was also supposed to feature Flea and Dave Navarro, remains unreleased to this day. The two singers made the song together for the unremarkable Johnny Depp movie in November 1994. But it was left off the soundtrack for being (as Amos told Carson Daly in 1998) "a little too left-of-center for what they wanted."

The track was also slated for the film Empire Records (staring Liv Tyler) and How to Make an American Quilt (with Winona Ryder), but by 1999 Amos considered the piece dead and appeared to have lost track of the master tapes. "I haven't talked to Michael about it in a while," she said at the time. "It's not something we bring up."

Could it be the R.E.M. frontman just thought the song sucked?


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