Mariah Carey’s secret indie rock album she made 25 years ago was done ‘for laughs’ and she even filmed a music video.
The singer wanted to have a crack at that type of music because it was ‘popular at the time’.
She and the band she was working with decided to hop in the studio where she recorded ‘nonsense’ to see what it would sound like.
And the Honey singer even filmed a music video to go with it.
Speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Mariah explained: ‘I did it for laughs. [It] was such a popular genre at the time. I was like, “Well, I have a full band here. Let’s just do something, and I’ll just make up some nonsense and sing it”.’
While she tried to get the finished album released, her label apparently wasn’t keen on the idea and it was scrapped (boo).
‘I did a video, and I want it to be released so bad. My plan was I was going to dress up in a costume and make a video and be unrecognisable and just release it and see what happened’, she went on.
‘But that got stifled by certain people at the label so I kind of had to abandon the project, but I’m kind of happy that at this moment that the fans are actually hearing it.’
The star revealed the secret music project, released as the band Chick for their 1995 album Someone’s Ugly Daughter, in her new book The Meaning Of Mariah.
She explains: ‘I’d bring my little alt-rock song to the band and hum a silly guitar riff. They would pick it up and we would record it immediately. It was irreverent, raw, and urgent, and the band got into it. I actually started to love some of the songs. I would fully commit to my character.
‘I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time. You know the ones who seemed to be so carefree with their feelings and their image. They could be angry, angsty, and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips, and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and manicured.’
On Twitter she elaborated further saying it got her through some dark days.
‘S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ me as a hidden layer #Chick#TMOMC,’ she added.
A representative for the star told Pitchfork that Carey ‘wrote, produced, and sang background vocals on every song from Chick’s album.’
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