The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Pink Gets Treated Like A Prince

Dec 6th, 2006 // 1 Comment

Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we blow the dust off of a forgotten favorite and give its lack of chart success a once-over.

Artist: Pink
Song: “Catch Me While I’m Sleeping,” 2003
What happened: At the height of her demo-skewing bad-girl infamy, Pink teamed up with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, Peaches and Linda Perry for an album called Try This. And no one did.
Why it should have been a hit: Whispered asides, big keyboard swells, and even a Melotron–you don’t have to live in Paisley Park to know that Pink was trying to re-create Purple Rain-levels of over-the-top pop-soul balladry on this track. And while it runs a bit long, “Sleeping” has always been our favorite moment on an album that was pretty much eviscerated upon its release (her new album, though, was rightly treated as a turd sanctuary).

Pink – Catch Me While I’m Sleeping [MP3, link expired]

  1. Chris Molanphy

    Didn’t Pink do an interview around ’03 in which she disavowed any interest in Prince and said something to the effect of, “People always say I should love Prince, and he does nothing for me”?

    Maybe this track was her attempt to make amends. She veers awfully close to “Do Me, Baby” territory just before the chorus.

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