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Linda Perry in Los Angeles Times
A contradiction to the "GIRLFRIENDS" article. Only time will tell
Perry rocks in the background now
She gets in her licks as a songwriter and record producer
By Richard Cromelin
Los Angeles Times
Originally published September 2, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Linda Perry looks every bit the rock star she always
wanted to be, wearing leather pants and a denim shirt and striking a
haughty pose as she lays a guitar arpeggio into a majestic rock
But Perry isn't playing to a packed arena. Leaning against the
soundboard in a recording studio, she has an audience of half a
dozen or so, including the members of Lillix, a Canadian band whose
song "Tomorrow" Perry co-wrote and produced last year. Today she's
adding this guitar part and helping the four young women redo some
vocals for the track's release as a single.
This is how things figure to stay for Perry, who has pulled off one
of recent pop's most remarkable career transformations by going AWOL
from the front lines of the music wars. Abandoning the role of
performer to become a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer,
she's achieved a prominence she hasn't enjoyed since her first band,
4 Non Blondes, sold nearly 2 million copies of its 1992 debut album
in the United States, behind the hit "What's Up."
But Perry wasn't just a hit-maker. With her brash, open manner and
dedication to the rock-star mentality of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix
and other classic figures, she was an invaluably colorful presence
and an inspirational artist - one willing to risk leaving her
successful band in order to make the less commercial music that was
in her heart.
But suddenly she's no longer uncommercial. Perry has helped turn
Pink from a tentative dance-pop kitten into a pop-rock force,
writing and producing eight songs from the singer's breakthrough
2001 album Missundaztood, including the title song and the
ubiquitous "Get the Party Started."
Her four contributions to Christina Aguilera's Stripped included the
self-esteem power-ballad "Beautiful," a big hit that challenged the
star to tap undiscovered interpretive skills.
"I think every time she writes a song for someone's record it just
kind of takes it to another level," observes Lauren Christy, a
member of the writing-producing team The Matrix, which has also
worked with Aguilera and Lillix. "When she came out with "Beautiful"
it put the seal of approval on the whole [album] and made it this
credible record. That's what she brings to it. She's a real legit
The irony of her current status isn't lost on Perry, who wandered in
the desert of major-label hell and indie obscurity for some years.
"People come to me to write songs that will be successful for them,
and they allow me the freedom to do so," says Perry, 38. "So there's
something very comforting about where I sit right now.
"Today I'll work with Lillix, and tomorrow I'll work with Gwen
[Stefani], and I've worked with Angelique Kidjo, world music. I get
to switch gears all the time. ... You have to let go of the ego.
It's not about me. The creativity and inspiration are from the
By relinquishing that creative center, Perry has also overcome some
of the fears that once churned beneath her bravado.
"Six years ago I was going, 'Everything's great,' but I was
petrified. I was scared of failure, of being a one-hit wonder, never
being able to write another song again, never being able to sing
again. Maybe everything that I think I am and who I want to be never
"Today I'm not scared of anything. I've been through the ups, I've
been through the downs, I know what it's like. I'm just sitting here
doing my thing until I'm kicked out. And I will get kicked out, and
then I'll have to claw my way back. And I will survive because I
know how to do that."
The Perry brand will get a real workout in coming months, with the
releases of a new Pink album and Courtney Love's solo debut, on
which Perry co-wrote and played guitar. She also contributed songs
to the upcoming movie Prey for Rock 'n' Roll, starring Gina Gershon
as the leader of a girl band, and an album by the Atlanta R&B group
Blaque. Next spring comes a solo album from No Doubt's Stefani.
"I'm so much happier in this position than I think I could ever be
as an artist, under a label," Perry said. "I get to do all the
styles of music that I love. There's no boundaries, there's nobody
holding on to me saying I can't do that."
Sitting in the studio control room that she calls her comfort zone,
Perry has lost none of the old charisma. Mercurial and candid,
oozing attitude and self-deprecating humor, she still seems born to
be at center stage. But don't hold your breath.
"That life for me is over," she says, leaning back in a chair and
smoking a cigarette. "When I get the urge, I'll play a random show
sometime, but as far as recording anything for myself at this point
in my life, I'd have to say no. ... I don't feel the need to be in
the spotlight whatsoever. I love being right here where I am."
The Los Angeles Times is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.
I got this from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lindaperryrocks/
And there's a pic there I've never seen before
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