5 Things You May Not Have Known About Tori Amos
Today we celebrate the birthday of Tori Amos, and to do so, weâre offering up a list of five things which you may or may not have known about the piano-playing singer-songwriter. And, yes, you may recall that we offered up five such things a couple of years ago, but you may rest assured that it wasnât nearly as hard to find five more things as youâd think.
1. Sheâs not a natural redhead.
As if that really matters when it comes to her music, right? But given how front and center her red mane has been to her image since she was still fronting Y Kant Tori Read, itâs still at least a little bit surprising to learn that sheâs actually a brunette by birth.
2. When she was in high school, she was the homecoming queen.
Based on the interview she did for Seventeen, however, she still seems to be less than thrilled about having that accolade in her history at Richard Montgomery High School. Before admitting it, she said, âPlease donât hate me for this,â and afterwards she explained, âIâve always said all the nerds voted for me.â
3. She really was a cornflake girl.
One of the most frequently offered excuses by artists when confronted with ridiculous things they did early in their career is âI was young, I needed the money,â and while weâve never actually read or seen an interview where Tori talked about doing this commercial for Kelloggâs Just Right cereal, weâd expect her explanation to fall right in line with that standard explanation.
4. When she asked Trent Reznor to sing on âPast the Mission,â she did so at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles.
If the address doesnât ring a bell, thatâs probably for the best, because it means youâre not very well versed in the Manson family murders. If you are, however, then youâll recognize that address as the location of the house where Sharon Tate and her unfortunate circle of friends became part of the so-called âHelter Skelterâ saga. Knowing its history, Tori later admitted that it gave her a weird feeling being there, one caused ânot in the way it looks, but just because you know what it is.â
5. She was going to be involved in the film Natural Born Killers in some capacity.
In a 1994 interview with Melody Maker, Tori revealed that Stone had heard LITTLE EARTHQUAKES and wanted to use a few songs from the album in the movie, and since she was a Stone fan, she agreed to meet him for dinner. Although she was additionally tempted by the fact that Patti Smith was supposed to be in the film, a plan which failed to materialize, Tori ultimately rejected the request because âthere are layers to my songs (and) I didn't know if there were any layers to his film." There is also a recurring claim that Stone wanted Tori to play Mallory, the role which eventually went to Juliette Lewis, but that Stone wanted âMe and a Gunâ to be playing whenever Mallory killed someone and, being as Tori wrote the song about her own rape, she reportedly slapped him. Weâve never actually seen an interview where Tori confirms this, however, so weâre chalking it up to urban legend.
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