Mariah Carey reveals she once recorded an alternative album

Lawrence Kim
September 29, 2020

Here's a little of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey.

The 50-year-old singer took to social media to drop the bombshell that she actually recorded a secret alternative album at the same time she was working on Daydream.

According to Carey, she made the alternative album "just for laughs", but it helped her through "some dark days".

The result was Chick's 1995 album Someone's Ugly Daughter.

Carey isn't credited on the album's liner notes, though there are a few clues connecting her. Jay Healy and Dana Jo Chapelle are listed as the album's engineers - as Rolling Stone points out, the former filled the same roll on Daydreams and 1997 follow up Fantasy. "I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time", she writes.

The pop diva blessed social media on Sunday morning with a 41-second snippet of a previously unreleased track playing over a sneak preview of the September 29 release The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

Based on a short snippet Mariah provided, and shouting out a friend named "Clarissa", who Mariah said performed the lead vocals with Mariah "as a hidden layer", the internet deduced that she was talking to Clarissa's band Chick, a relatively obscure mid-90s band.

A representative for Mariah Carey confirmed to Pitchfork that Carey wrote, produced, and sang background vocals on every original song on the Chick record (the album also features a cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender"). As well, she directed one of the music videos and did the art direction for the album's packaging. "I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night". "I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery-but I also wanted to laugh". "Demented" and "Malibu" are from the album and have been on the video-sharing platform for almost a decade. The otherwise all-but-forgotten release isn't now available on streaming services, but when initially issued, it had major label support and spawned singles such as "Malibu" and "Demented".

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