Under the Pink

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Under the Pink
Studio album by Tori Amos
Released January 31, 1994
Recorded The Fishhouse, New Mexico and Westlake Studios, LA (January - May 1993)
Genre Alternative rock, baroque pop, alternative pop, piano rock
Length 56:40
Label Atlantic (US), East West (Europe)
Producer Tori Amos, Eric Rosse
Tori Amos chronology
Little Earthquakes
(1992)
Under the Pink
(1994)
Boys for Pele
(1996)
Singles from Under the Pink
  1. "God"
    Released: February 3, 1994 (US)
    October 1994 (UK)
  2. "Pretty Good Year"
    Released: March 7, 1994 (UK)
  3. "Cornflake Girl"
    Released: May 5, 1994 (US)
    January 10, 1994 (UK)
  4. "Past the Mission"
    Released: May 1994 (US and UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly B [3]
Paul Roland 4/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [5]
Spin (8/10) [6]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars [7]

Under the Pink is the second solo album by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. Upon its release in January 1994, the album peaked at US #12 and on the back of the hit single "Cornflake Girl", the album debuted at UK #1, her highest-charting UK album debut to date. It had sold around 220,000 copies in the UK by the end of 1994, finishing that year as the UK's 61st best-selling album. This album was included in Blender magazine's list of 500 CDs You Must Own.[8] A special double-disc edition was released exclusively in Australia and New Zealand, titled More Pink: The B-Sides.

Overview[edit]

While several soft-loud-soft tunes betray a clear debt to Nirvana-style grunge, overall this album represents a more acoustic piano-based sound, and most of the final third of the album is devoted to a classical-inspired suite of piano songs, including the sweeping nine-and-a-half minute epic "Yes, Anastasia". Amos used a prepared upright piano for the studio recording of "Bells for Her", which was also played on a prepared piano for the second half of the tour. It was voted among the greatest albums of the 1990s by Rolling Stone magazine some years later.[9]

Amos has described the meaning of the song "Yes, Anastasia" to the media. The song is about the life of Anastasia Romanova, a grand duchess of Russia who was the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. Amos explained that she had once become sick from eating bad crabs in Maryland.[10] She explained that while performing a sound check, she was influenced by Romanov's presence. "Needless to say, when you are very, very ill, it is easier to communicate with your source... you are fragile and vulnerable... Now I have only heard of her story, I've got no point to make. She comes and goes 'You've got to write my tune.' I go 'Ohhh, now's not a really good time.' She says 'No, you've got to understand something from this, there's something here that you've got to come to terms with.' And that night came." Amos said that the lyrics "We'll see how brave you are" means so many different things to her; it is a part of her self saying "If you really want a challenge, just deal with yourself."[11]

Amos performed the Under the Pink tour from February through November 1994, encompassing many of the same stops as on the previous world tour. A limited edition release of the album commemorating the Australian tour included a second disc entitled More Pink, a collection of rare B-sides like "Little Drummer Boy" and a cover version of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You", was issued in November 1994. During this period, she also contributed the song "Butterfly" to the soundtrack for the 1994 movie Higher Learning, as well as a cover of the R.E.M. song "Losing My Religion".

The album was recorded in Taos, New Mexico in a hacienda. The album artwork features several Native American and New Mexican references in the photography. The album is also notable as the last Amos album to feature the production of Eric Rosse as they split that year. To date, Under the Pink remains her highest-charting album in the UK and has sold more than two million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tori Amos. 

No. Title Length
1. "Pretty Good Year"   3:25
2. "God"   3:58
3. "Bells for Her"   5:20
4. "Past the Mission"   4:05
5. "Baker Baker"   3:20
6. "The Wrong Band"   3:03
7. "The Waitress"   3:09
8. "Cornflake Girl"   5:06
9. "Icicle"   5:47
10. "Cloud on My Tongue"   4:44
11. "Space Dog"   5:10
12. "Yes, Anastasia"   9:33

The original track listing included the B-side "Honey", which was kicked off the record at the last minute. Amos has since voiced great regret for leaving the song off the album.

"There were certain songs that were supposed to be on the record that got kicked off. 'Honey' was supposed to be on the record and, in retrospect, I wish it had been. I kicked it off for 'The Wrong Band'. Under the Pink wept when 'Honey' wasn't on, and she still is angry with me about it."[12]

Amos made a similar reference to the song "Here. In My Head" which was originally featured as a B-side to the UK single of "Crucify".[13]

Singles and B-sides[edit]

Singles[edit]

Under the Pink produced four singles. "God" was the first U.S. single in January 1994, and reached #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart;[14] an October release in the UK saw a peak of #44.[15] "Cornflake Girl" became Amos' biggest international hit of the time, reaching UK #4,[16] while "Pretty Good Year" followed it to UK #7.[17] "Past the Mission", which featured the vocal contribution of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, just missed the UK Top 30 that summer.[18] In February 2007, the album was certified UK Platinum by the BPI.[citation needed]

B-sides[edit]

As with most of Tori Amos' albums, Under the Pink is also known for its various B-sides. Amos recorded a host of songs that did not make the album, but were released as B-sides to various singles or performed live in concerts. The song "Peeping Tommi" was recorded during Under the Pink album sessions and remained unreleased 12 years until its inclusion on the five-disc box set A Piano: The Collection, in 2006.

Title Release
"Home on the Range (Cherokee Edition/with Cherokee addition)" "God" (US 1994)/ "Pretty Good Year" (UK Ltd 1994)
"All the Girls Hate Her/Over It (Piano Suite)" "God" (US 1994)/ "Cornflake Girl" (UK 1994)
"Sister Janet" "God" (US Cass 1994)/"Cornflake Girl" (US/UK 1994)
"Daisy Dead Petals" "Cornflake Girl" (US 1994)/ "Pretty God Year" (UK Ltd 1994)
"Honey" "Cornflake Girl" (US 1994)/ "Pretty Good Year" (UK 1994)
"Black Swan" "Pretty Good Year" (UK 1994)/ "Past the Mission" (US Cass 1994)
"A Case of You" "Cornflake Girl" (UK Ltd 1994)
"Strange Fruit" "Cornflake Girl" (UK Ltd 1994)
"If 6 Was 9" "Cornflake Girl" (UK Ltd 1994)
"Little Drummer Boy" More Pink: The B-Sides (Aus 1994)
"Butterfly" Higher Learning Soundtrack (1994)
"Losing My Religion" Higher Learning Soundtrack (1994)
"Down By The Seaside" Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
"Famous Blue Raincoat" Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

More Pink: The B-Sides[edit]

The double-disc version of Under the Pink was released on November 14, 1994 by East West to coincide with Amos' tour of Australia and New Zealand. The second disc, titled More Pink: The B-Sides was never released separately, and is a rarity amongst Tori Amos collectibles. Amos would not release another collection of B-sides until 2006's A Piano: The Collection.

The packaging simply inserted the normal Australian release of Under the Pink in a double jewel case, and altered the back insert artwork so that instead of being blank it featured the track listing of the second disc as well as production information for the songs. The title More Pink may be misleading, as many of the B-sides on the disc did not come from Under the Pink singles but in fact from the 1992 album Little Earthquakes, and in one case, from a Christmas compilation. The length of this disc is 48:49.

The double-disc set entered the Australian ARIA Charts Top 100 Albums chart on the week ending 11 December 1994, peaking at #44 and spending 6 weeks on the chart.[citation needed] However, it was listed on the chart as a re-entry of Under the Pink, with its weeks spent charting added to the 21-week tally achieved earlier by the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tori Amos except track 1 (Joni Mitchell) and track 11 (traditional). 

No. Title Length
1. "A Case of You" (orig. on "Cornflake Girl" UK limited edition CD single) 4:38
2. "Honey" (orig. on 2nd "Pretty Good Year" UK CD single) 3:47
3. "Daisy Dead Petals" (orig. on "Pretty Good Year" UK limited edition CD single) 3:02
4. "Sister Janet" (orig. on 1st "Cornflake Girl" UK single) 4:02
5. "Sugar" (orig. on "China" UK single) 4:27
6. "Take to the Sky" (orig. on "Winter" single) 4:20
7. "Upside Down" (orig. on "Me and a Gun" UK single) 4:22
8. "Flying Dutchman" (orig. on "China" single) 6:31
9. "Here. In My Head (Live)" (orig. on "Past the Mission" UK CD single) 6:05
10. "Black Swan" (orig. on "Pretty Good Year" UK CD single) 4:04
11. "Little Drummer Boy (Live)" (orig. on Kevin & Bean: We've Got Your Yule Logs Hangin) 3:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Allen Harrison – violin
  • Tori Amos – piano, vocals, producer
  • John Acevedo – viola
  • Steve Caton – guitar
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
  • Ross Cullum – mixing
  • Shaun DeFeo – assistant engineer
  • Melissa "Missy" Hasin – cello
  • John Beverly Jones – engineer
  • Kevin Killen – mixing
  • Ezra Killinger – violin
  • Dane Little – cello
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Paul McKenna – producer, engineer
  • Cynthia Morrow – viola
  • Carlo Nuccio – drums
  • George Porter, Jr. – bass
  • Chris Reutinger – violin
  • Trent Reznor – backing vocals
  • Jimbo Ross – viola
  • Nancy Stein-Ross – cello
  • Eric Rosse – producer, engineer
  • John Philip Shenale – strings, organ (Hammond)
  • Francine Walsh – violin
  • John Wittenberg – violin
  • Nancy Roth – violin
  • Cindy Palmano – art direction, photography
  • Julie Larson – production coordination
  • John Fundi – assistant engineer
  • Alan Reinl – design
  • Avril McIntosh – mixing assistant

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1994 Billboard 200 (U.S.) 12
1994 Official UK Albums Chart (UK) 1
1994 Australian ARIA Albums Chart (Australia) 5
1994 Austrian Albums Chart (Austria) 6
1994 Dutch Albums Chart (The Netherlands) 10
1994 NZ Albums Chart (New Zealand) 15
1994 Swedish Albums Chart (Sweden) 15
1994 Swiss Albums Chart (Switzerland) 11

Singles[edit]

Title Chart Position
"God" (1994) US Modern Rock Tracks 01
"God" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 28
"God" (1994) UK Singles Chart 44
"God" (1994) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay (U.S.) 64
"God" (1994) Australian Singles Chart 65
"God" (1994) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 72
"God" (1994) Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales (U.S.) 73
"God" (1994) Canadian Hot 100 87
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) UK Singles Chart 04
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 06
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) Irish Singles Chart 09
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) US Modern Rock Tracks 12
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) Australian Singles Chart 19
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) Dutch Top 40 26
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) Canadian Hot 100 30
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) Canadian Airplay 32
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) New Zealand Singles Chart 41
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) German Singles Chart 73
"Cornflake Girl" (1994) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 107
"Pretty Good Year" (1994) UK Singles Chart 07
"Pretty Good Year" (1994) Irish Singles Chart 26
"Pretty Good Year" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 53
"Pretty Good Year" (1994) Australian Singles Chart 85
"Past the Mission" (1994) Irish Singles Chart 25
"Past the Mission" (1994) UK Singles Chart 31
"Past the Mission" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 73

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Under the Pink at AllMusic
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Spin Magazine review
  7. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  8. ^ Alternative Rock: 500 CDs You Must Own
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ UCLA Interview, UCLA Interview.
  11. ^ Under the Pink: Song Book, Under the Pink: Song Book.
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ allmusic ((( Under the Pink > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  15. ^ [6]
  16. ^ [7]
  17. ^ [8]
  18. ^ [9]
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Tori Amos – Under the Pink". Music Canada. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Tori Amos – Under the Pink". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Under the Pink in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Tori Amos – Under The Pink". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Tease Me by Chaka Demus and Pliers
UK number one album
February 12, 1994 – February 18, 1994
Succeeded by
The Cross of Changes by Enigma