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Heart-shaped music box? Mariah Carey reveals secret 90s grunge project | Mariah Carey

With her flawless, glamorous image, Mariah Carey is the last person you would expect to wear a plaid shirt, ripped denim and a fuss over electric guitars. But the R&B singer has revealed that in 1995 she channeled singers who were “angry, scared, and messy with old shoes” for a secret alt-rock project.

Carey worked with the band Chick on their album Someone’s Ugly Daughter and wrote, produced and sang backing vocals for each song. In an excerpt from her upcoming memoir, she writes:

I would bring my little alt rock song to the band and hum a silly guitar riff. They would pick it up and we would pick it up right away. It was disrespectful, raw, and urgent, and the band went for it. I actually started to love some of the songs. I would completely commit myself to my character. I played with the style of the airy, punk-bright white singers popular at the time. You know those who seemed so carefree with their feelings and image. They could be angry, scared, and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips, and unruly eyebrows while my every move was so calculated and well-groomed. I wanted to free myself, let go and express my misery – but I also wanted to laugh. I was really looking forward to doing my alter ego band sessions every night after Daydream.

Although it was released on the Sony subsidiary Epic Records, Someone’s Ugly Daughter was not a success. In the meantime, Carey’s solo album Daydream, which she was working on at the same time, became one of her greatest hits. It sold 20 million copies worldwide and contained hits like Fantasy and Always Be My Baby.

This week she not only publishes her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey, but also The Rarities, a double album with ambiguities from her 30-year career.

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