You guys know by now that here at Philly Mixtape, we take pride in serving up nothing but good, wholesome honest music truth. So, with that music scouts honor being said, I have a little personal music truth to serve up of my very own-the first time I heard the R&Bedroom laced, “There You Go,” the debut single by P!nk, I pegged her off as a one hit wonder. I don’t know, maybe it was her L.A. Reid style gangsta lean, that suburbs-girl-gone-bad swagger…THAT bright as the exploding sun pink hair…I just wasn’t feeling her…at first. Perhaps most of all, it was because that when P!nk did arrive on the music scene in early 2000, she musically fell amidst all those other young teen acts (you know the ones) who bulldozed their way through TRL and the Billboard charts. However, much to my music surprise, the hot fuscia hued chanteuse was on her way, as follow up singles, “Most Girls’ and ‘You Make Me Sick,” put the Bucks County raised songstress on the music map. We also can’t leave out that it was Pink’s debut set, ‘Can’t Take Me Home,’ that would lead her to that little “Lady Marmalade” collaboration she did with those OTHER music gals. Last week, Pink’s romping debut turned 15, so Philly Mixtape opened up the music vault and got lost in the album that turned P!nk into ‘Pink’…all with a little music shade thrown at L.A. Reid along the way….
Released on April 4, 2000 on LaFace Records, “Home” was a set that was stuffed with a contemporary R&B/pop sound, with a seasoning of white- girl -thug music vibes, which were provided so effortlessly by our talented diva. With a top-notch production team on the album that included Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, Babyface, Daryl Simmons, and Tricky, the record became a sleeper hit, and while it only peaked on the album charts at #26, it still went on to sell two million copies domestically. Ms. Alicia Moore (her real name), also shared co-writing credit on seven of the album’s tracks, only further proving just how talented she is.
Three singles were released from the album, the first, of course was “There You Go,” a dirrty R&B ditty that was full of attitude and a lot of groove. The video for the track became a ‘TRL’ staple, only taking the song further into the top 10 of the singles charts, where it peaked at #7. But, it was follow-up single, “Most Girls” that became the biggest hit from the album, with its sexy video and P!nk showing us what she was made of, which included werking it out with some one-armed push ups and dancing…for her life. The song skyrocketed to the top 5 of the charts, peaking at #4, following with third and final single, “You Make Me Sick.” (Tell me the phrase “Got me lit like a candlestick.” didn’t just pop into your head right now….or maybe you put on ‘Save the Last Dance’….) Once the music dust settled down from ‘CTMH,’ P!nk was enough of a force to be reckoned with team up with the ladies of “Marmalade,” where she would go on to score her first #1 single and first Grammy award.
While these days, it’s hard to imagine what P!nk’s career might be like had she still been lost in the R&B groove, but you have to give the diva credit for being a soldier and sticking it out for her debut set. Any fellow artist can agree that when you’re held back from your self expression, it gets to be pretty frustrating. That’s why when P!nk stood right up to Mr. L.A. Reid and demanded that he let her be who she wanted to be, she only made all of us further realize that she was becoming the music bitch that she is today. Yes, watching these ‘CTMH’ videos all these years later is kind of crazy to see P!nk acting all musically ratchet, but if it wasn’t for this album, our headphones wouldn’t have been blessed have blessed with rockin’ Pink classics, “Get The Party Started,” “Just Like a Pill,” “So What” “Raise Your Glass” and “Blow Me(One Last Kiss).”
There’s a lyric in P!nk’s second “Mizzundastood’ single, “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” that says, “L.A. told me/you’ll be a pop star/all you have to change/is everything you are,’ Ms Moore certainly did when it came to this album, and in the end, it was a music risk that paid off in the brightest shade of P!nk possible.