On This Day in Pink History… 22nd January 2004, God is a DJ music video debuted

On This Day in Pink History… 22nd January 2004, God is a DJ music video debuted

The music video for this song features scenes of Pink and others (assumed to be her roommates) getting dressed, having fun on a subway, and going to a nightclub. Pink then continues to bribe the bouncer (dressed in eccentric drag clothing) to enter the nightclub ahead of the queue.

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On This Day in Pink History… 7th January 2006, Pink and Carey got married

On This Day in Pink History… 7th January 2006, Pink and Carey got married

On This Day in Pink History… 7th January 2006, Pink and Carey got married

Popping the question usually conjures up images of a starry-eyed groom on bended knee against some romantic backdrop. But rebellious pop star Pink’s proposal was fittingly unconventional: the bride-to-be flagged down her motocross champion beau Carey Hart during a bike race by holding up a board that said: “Will you marry me?”. As Carey revved up for a second lap, she held up a second one which simply read: “I’m serious!”.

So when the singer tied the knot last weekend at an intimate beachside ceremony in Costa Rica, the most surprising aspect, perhaps, was just how traditionally romantic the unconventional pair could be.

Having said she planned on “being a girl and wearing a dress” on her special day, the Lady Marmalade vocalist, whose real name is Alecia Moore, was transformed from punk princess to emotional bride for the sunset service, held on the shores of the Four Seasons Resort. “We just love the beach, so we wanted it here,” she told People magazine.

Radiant in a champagne halter-neck gown, complete with fairytale tiered skirt tied with a sash at the waist, the bride made sure she included some individual twists, too, from her barefoot stroll down the aisle to Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman, to her platinum blonde hairstyle with bright pink highlights.

More than 100 guests, including singer Lisa Marie Presley, witnessed the nuptials, in which the bride and groom, who began dating in 2001, read heartfelt vows they’d written themselves. According to one report, a teary-eyed Pink told her husband: “I love you because I let you hold my heart and you haven’t broken it.”

“I wanted to see how creative Carey could be, and he’s always so cute when he’s nervous,” the bride explained in the wedding programme. “No, the real reason [we wrote our own vows] is: I didn’t think anyone else’s words could ever have possibly described how far we’ve come or how much we love each other. And I always like to say it my way.”

Carey, meanwhile, had a somewhat cheekier explanation: “Because I didn’t think any vows had been written that would describe how hot her ass is. Just kidding (not really).

“To listen to Alecia express her love for me and us will be heaven to my ears. And, it isn’t everyday that I get to express how I feel about her in a surrounding with all of our closest family and friends,” he concluded.

The couple swapped rings which had been made by close friend Stephen Webster; Pink and Carey had asked him to come up with a “cool and different” design that was “our kind of beautiful”. The result? Rings that say “til death” in platinum and diamonds.

Known for his daredevil motorcycle stunts, the 30-year-old groom, who, like Pink, has a tattoo which reads “Tru Luv”, is no less adventurous when it comes to showing his marital devotion: “Once we get married, I’m going to tattoo her name down my ring finger,” he promised.

For now, the couple are reportedly heading off with their four dogs on a snowboarding honeymoon. But for Carey, at least, that’s just the icing on the cake. “I’m so excited to be married to her,” he said in the run up to the wedding, “I don’t even care about the honeymoon!”

Words by Hello! magazine published 19th January 2006

 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PINK AND CAREY!

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On This Day in Pink History, 31st December 2008, Pink performed at Wasted Space in Las Vegas [VIDEOS]

On This Day in Pink History, 31st December 2008, Pink performed at Wasted Space in Las Vegas

Setlist (from setlist.fm)

Funhouse

Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)

One Foot Wrong

Sober

Who Knew

Trouble

Crazy

Get The Party Started

So What

Counting down to New Year

Thanks to PinksMidori & Liz Cisneros for uploading the videos to YouTube

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On This Day in Pink History… 21st December 2006, Dear Mr President was released

On This Day in Pink History… 21st December 2006, Dear Mr President was released

Dear Mr President was recorded for Pink’s fourth album, I’m Not Dead. The song, featuring Indigo Girls, is an open letter to then President of the United States, George W. Bush, written by Pink and Billy Mann. The song criticizes several areas of Bush’s administration and terms in office, including the Iraq War, No Child Left Behind Act, disapproval of equal rights for homosexuals, lack of empathy for poor and middle class citizens, Bush’s strong religious beliefs, and Bush’s drinking and drug usage in college. Pink felt that it was one of the most important songs she had ever written.

The song received positive reviews by music critics. Bill Lamb noted that Pink has rarely made songs about social problems: “the searing anti-Bush “Dear Mr. President” (…) “a folkie singalong” (…) The Indigo Girls lend their sizable instrumental and background vocal punch” and he highlighted it.Robert Christgau noted that Pink thinks “Bush did coke and teens care about the homeless.” Entertainment Weekly described Dear Mr. President “with its incongruous folkie social concern and Bush-baiting applause lines.” Los Angeles Times said that Pink taps her inner Ani DiFranco on the confrontational “Dear Mr. President.” NY Times noted that the song is “well meaning” and “hectoring” and that it grows even more sententious. PopMatters praised the single with long overview: “Oh, and speaking of presidents, Pink’s musical letter to the Commander-in-Chief (“Dear Mr. President”) is just as topical. The Indigo Girls tag along for moral support and, with lyrics like “How can you say, ‘no child is left behind’ / we’re not dumb and we’re not blind” or “You’ve come a long way, from whiskey and cocaine”, you just know that if she’d made the song a few years earlier, it would have been featured in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911. You also get the impression that this is personal for Pink, that she’s not doing it to be trendy. On the lyric page for “Dear Mr. President”, there’s a picture of Pink in an oval frame. Red, white, and blue ribbons are tied to the frame and her father’s dog tags share the reddish page.” Rolling Stone told that Pink writes a scathing letter in “Dear Mr. President” (“You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine!”) and critic praised “cooing righteous folk harmonies with Indigo Girls.” Sal Cinquemani was mixed: “”Dear Mr. President,” which cleverly uses George W. Bush’s own words against him, pales next to Missundaztood’s “My Vietnam.”

Wikipedia

A music video was released with the single of a live performance of Dear Mr President, recorded in the UK on the I’m Not Dead tour.

Chart Peak Positions:

  • Australia – 5
  • German Singles Chart – 3
  • UK Singles Chart – 34

On This Day in Pink History, 17th December 2002, Family Portrait was released

On This Day in Pink History, 17th December 2002, Family Portrait was released

Family Portrait, written by Pink and Scott Storch, was released as the fourth and final single from Pink’s second album, Missundaztood.

Pink wrote the song to help her deal with her parents divorce when she was a child.

According to Pink’s father, James Moore Jr., during an E! Entertainment’s E! True Hollywood Story, this song has been unofficially named the national anthem for young kids who have been through the harsh effects of divorce of their parents: “I have got letters from parents thanking us from this song.” The song, which she wrote and composed in collaboration with Scott Storch, was still going strong as of late April 2012, with millions of hits on YouTube and millions of albums sold from Missundaztood. “It took me a while to listen to ‘Family Portrait’ without getting emotional,” Pink’s mother told E! True Hollywood Story. Although the song addresses how Pink struggled through her parents’s divorce, it is also addressed to kids, to encourage them to talk with their parents about how they feel about their divorce.

Wikipedia

Family Portrait is included in most set lists.

Family Portrait performed well in singles charts worldwide, reaching the top 20 in many countries

  • Australia – 11
  • Germany – 8
  • UK – 11
  • US Billboard Hot 100 – 18

On This Day in Pink History, 14th December 2010, Fuckin’ Perfect was released

On This Day in Pink History, 14th December 2010, Fuckin’ Perfect was released

Fuckin’ Perfect was released by LaFace Records and RCA Records as the second single from The Greatest Hits… So Far! The song was written by Pink with Max Martin and Shellback, and it was also recorded as a radio-friendly edit – ‘Perfect’.

The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, and it also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

In 2011, Fuckin’ Perfect was ranked at number-fourteen on the Top 40 Year-End Chart, behind her previous single Raise Your Glass, based on Mediabase.

Fuckin’ Perfect was included in the setlist for The Truth About Love tour, and was performed as the clean, acoustic version.

The music video for Fuckin’ Perfect was filmed towards the end of 2010, during Pink’s first few months of pregnancy. Dave Meyers, who has worked with Pink on many of her music videos before, directed the video. It focuses on the life of a woman who overcomes several struggles during her life. The lead role was played by Tina Majorino, as confirmed by Pink via Twitter and Facebook, describing her as “insanely talented”.

Pink used this music video to raise awareness for the struggles people go through, including self harm, bulling, suicide, depression and eating disorders. She posted a message on her official website about the video:

Cutting, and suicide, two very different symptoms of the same problem, are gaining on us. (the problem being; alienation and depression. the symptoms; cutting and suicide). I personally don’t know a single person who doesn’t know at least two of these victims personally.

Pink explains that, while the video may be considered shocking, it is intended to open people’s eyes to these problems. In addition, Pink believes the video is a message to everyone who needs help. Pink described the process of making the video as a “very emotional experience” and related the core theme of “Fuckin’ Perfect” to her yet-to-be-born baby, saying, “I have a life inside of me, and I want her or him to know that I will accept him or her with open and loving and welcoming arms. And though I will prepare this little munchkin for a sometimes cruel world, I will also equip this kid to see all the beauty in it as well.” She also noted that she expects the video to “ruffle some feathers”, meaning it would cause controversy.

The song did well in the charts worldwide.

  • Australia – 10
  • Canada – 2
  • France – 24
  • Germany – 7
  • Netherlands – 6
  • UK – 10
  • US Billboard Hot 100 – 2