With this weeks release of the Mariah Carey memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey”, the superstar disclosed a fun fact about her past work with an “ … alternative album” she was involved with while recording her 1995 debut solo project Daydream on CBS Records.
In a recent tweet, the superstar disclosed her work on Chick’s 1995 album Someone’s Ugly Daughter. According to Carey’s representative, she wrote, produced, and sang background vocals on every song from the the project (except “Surrender,” which is a Cheap Trick cover). She’s also responsible for the album packaging’s art direction, as well as the video for “Malibu,” the rep confirms. Sadly, the project isn’t currently available on streaming services.
In an excerpt straight from her new, tell-all book, Carey said about that time: “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. I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery—but I also wanted to laugh. I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night.” Check out the tweet that gives a peek into Mariah Carey’s circa-1995 life.