Another year ahead, hopefully one that P!nk fans will be able to celebrate. I wanted to do something special for my first post of 2015, and it just so happens that circumstances provided me with the perfect opportunity.
For the last two years I have had rare P!nk songs downloaded to my laptop/ phone/ music player. These songs are ‘b-sides’ or bonus tracks. Many of them accompanied singles or special editions of an album. There is the possibility that some of them were not released publicly and are available due to a ‘leak’ from the recording company.I’m not sure of their origins, I just know that I’ve got them.
For the last two years I have been waiting for the right time to listen to these songs. I wanted to keep them unheard for as long as possible, so that when I got around to listening to them, it would be extra sweet. While the December/ January holidays provide some people with much needed time off, I find that I get bored easily and frustrated with the lack of things to keep me occupied. I have been reflecting on the items mentioned on my long-term to-do list when I remembered that I had these songs to listen to. With much excitement I wondered how long it had been since I had collected them, estimating about two years. This blog post from January 2013 proves it a very accurate estimate.
So it was with much anticipation that I pressed play. I was not disappointed. As you will read from my past blog posts tagged ‘song catalogue’ you can find each of the listed songs on YouTube, or at least you could back in 2013. Please note that the date listed to each song title is based on the information I have and may not be 100% accurate. Here are my thoughts on each of the songs.
Bad Bad Day (2003)- What a fun song! You can tell that this was definitely from the Try This era as it fits in with the theme of that album. The song stands out for a number of reasons. It was recorded quite informally, with random bits of audio to contrast with the main song. The song starts with soft piano and singing to a slow rhythm. The voice in this section doesn’t actually sound like P!nk, but I’m not saying that it isn’t her. It is made to sound like she is performing for a live audience at a formal event. She starts out very formal and sweet before turning on the rock and roll. Stand out lyric is definitely “The only time I smile is when I brush my teeth. The sex last night sucked I woulda rather been asleep”. The song finishes up in a similar way to how it started, P!nk randomly talking, wonder where her audience has gone.
Can’t Help It (2008)- A typical song inspired by and written for Carey Hart. It describes the love hate relationship that they have. The chorus is very upbeat and great to dance to. Stand out lyrics are “I love you so much I wanna slash your tyres, To keep you from drivin’ drunk. Come over here I want you to taste my poison, To stop you from eating junk”. The part about slashing tyres is actually based on a true story. You can see P!nk talk about it in this interview (start watching at 5 mins). It is actually an outrageously raunchy and dangerous story, classically P!nk and told with plenty of humour.
Centrefold (2006)- The info that I has got says that the song was written in 2006 as part of I’m Not Dead, although when you listen to it, is sounds a lot more suited to Funhouse which was written during the time that P!nk and Carey were apart. It is a great fast paced song with plenty of energy.
Crash and Burn (2006)- This song has themes that relate it to Dear Mr President which was written around the same time. The song touches on idea of destruction of the natural environment, politics, propaganda and greed. The song also reminds me of the bonus track from Missundaztood titled Catch 22. There is reference to airplanes and flight such as “If you’re under pressure, There’s a mask above your head, Make sure yours is secure, Before you try to help your friend”. Essentially the song Crash and Burn explores the idea of being isolated from the world while flying around in a first class plane, escaping everyday life and the issues facing society. The best part of this song for me is that it features many examples of P!nk’s iconic unique laugh. The song has a very relaxed and exotic vibe.
Disconnected (2006)- Looking at the estimated time of writing and recording of this song, I would describe its themes as a combination of Stupid Girls and I’ve Got Money Now, both of which feature on the album I’m Not Dead which was released in 2006. It discusses some of the shallow aspects of society such as commercialism and the celebrity gossip industry which ties it to Stupid Girls, but also discusses her isolation and inability to connect with other people which ties it to I’ve Got Money Now. The song features sound effects similar to what is heard on a telephone.
Heartbreaker (2006)- Off all the songs that I have listed in this post, this is one of two that I found the most powerful. The lyrics are incredibly raw, in honest P!nk fashion, but it is the way it is predicts what happens in the following few years that makes it so significant. At this point (2006) she has only just gotten married, yet she is already predicting a break-up. The whole song has standout lyrics, but if I had to pick a line it would be this “There’s a ring around my finger, But will you change your mind? And you tell me that I’m beautiful, But that could be a lie”. The chorus also rips my heart out, lyrics include “What if I’m fallin’ for a heartbreaker? And everything is just a lie, I won’t be leavin’ here alive, I won’t be leavin’ here alive, no”. To top off the powerful lyrics the song has a very powerful and strong musical beat. It is very much rock and roll P!nk, but also beautiful, vulnerable and delicate in a way that only P!nk can balance.
Leaving For The Last Time (2000)- Written during the R&B Can’t Take Me Home album era, this song is similar to many others that featured on the album. A generic love song, a message to a guy. This song doesn’t have signature P!nk flare as she was yet to enter that stage of her career.
Living In My World (2000)- Another R&B track written in 2000. Again, this is similar to many others that feature on the album Can’t Take Me Home.
To Love Me Now (2010)- I have this song marked as 2010, but I’m not really sure about that. It may have been recorded as an extra track for her Greatest Hits So Far album, but the theme doesn’t fit with the time of her life. Although P!nk occasionally writes songs that are clearly outside the perspective with her relationship with Carey Hart (Um, did anyone notice the lyrics in the 2012 song ‘Where Did The Beat Go?’!!) it isn’t her usual style. This song seems to talk about an affair, without long term commitments. It has a funky beat that actually reminds me of a couple of song P!nk sang as part of the Happy Feet Two movie soundtrack.
When We’re Through (2008)- This song matches Heartbreaker for its breathtaking honesty. It is kinda like the other half of the song. The part that tells what happens afterward. Just like in Heartbreaker, there are many mentionable lyrics. The whole song is exceptionally written. Here are some of the bits that really hit me “I woke up one early evening and I knew I was alone, Did the sun come up or did it rain again, I’ll never know” “There was a message from my mother, From about 7a.m. said I’ve forgotten what you sound like, And I’m wondering how you’ve been, I cried myself to asleep back on the floor, Unconscious in denial.” “Life is just a little part of what the world will do, To get it’s point across it beats you ‘til you’re black & blue” “There’s a cafe around the corner from a home I call a house, I sit and play sudoku ‘til I figure some shit out” “And my friends have asked the question, Baby, will you be okay?, I wanna tell them yes, ‘cause I know that’s what I should say.” There is also a reference to Janis Joplin, who P!nk has always listed as a great inspiration “Janis sings to me just like she’s sitting by my side, And I wonder just how many times she sat like me and cried, I’ve made it past the age of twenty-seven, so there’s no use in dying”.
Words (2006)- A thoughtful P!nk song that asks questions about the power of language. The song can be summed up by its chorus “Words are just words, They get in my way, I can never say what I wanna say, Who will understand it anyway?”. The song talks about the way P!nk sometimes struggles to express herself through spoken language. The verses use clever wordplay to create lyrics.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my thoughts on each of these P!nk songs. If you haven’t heard these songs you should be able to find them on YouTube. I highly recommend at least a quick listen. If you have heard them before, feel free to let me know what you think of my thoughts by leaving a comment. I know that this is much longer than my average post, but I thought it important to share the experience with you and mark my first post of 2015 with something special. Hopefully there will be plenty more fabulous P!nk posts as the year continues.