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Naked City (UK, TV)
June 22, 1994

Tori Amos interview


This flame-haired hippie chick has set up semi-residence here. Part-Virginian, part-Mother Earth, Tori Amos is totally bonkers.

Interviewer: A lot of people don't understand you at all. They say you're mad. Do you think you're mad?

Tori: No, no, no. I mean, I know that I'm a really loud red-head. I'm not interested in if other people think I'm mad or not. I do think that if the world was ending and we were all in a boat, that I would probably have some good marshmallows or something in my bag, and you'd probably want some.

Some of Tori's fans would certainly like to get their hands on her marshmallows. She's had her fair share of close shaves with sicko obsessives.

Interviewer: What are your fans like?

Tori: Um, I got a letter from some guy in America that I, I get a few of these, and he is convinced that we need to get married. And he's gonna read the Bible to me eighteen hours a day. And he said, "There are some leather thongs that I'll have right by the chair in case you get too impatient with the readings and I'll take good care of you so that you can be safe and secure in your chair." That's just a bit scary, and sometimes you can see it in their eyes, that there's just this... there's this thing, and you go, "God, why couldn't they have joined Guns 'n' Roses because that's what they really wanted."

Interviewer: How do you cope with people like that?

Tori: Makes me feel like having a cup of tea with the Devil. It's not such a scary thing at all.

Tori: One time I was in some country and they were screaming at me to get off the stage... And I said to them, "If you want me off the stage, you're gonna have to shoot me." Now, I wouldn't say that in America, because somebody would. And I'm very aware that I could get my brains blown out and I really don't want that to happen. But, sometimes I do things that are a little stupid because I don't take into account how crazy people are.

[transcribed by jason/yessaid]

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