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.
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]