On This Day in Pink History… 7th July 2006, Pink was on the NBC Today Show
On This Day in Pink History… 7th July 2006, Pink was on the NBC Today Show
On This Day in Pink History… 3rd July 2012, Blow Me (One Last Kiss) was released
In summer 2012, Pink was back with her new single, Blow Me (One Last Kiss), from her up-coming album, The Truth About Love. Written by Pink, Greg Kurstin, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy and Isaac Brock, and produced by Kurstin, the song was critically acclaimed and named as “classic Pink”.
Speaking to Billboard Magazine in August 2012, Greg Kurstin revealed that he and the singer had trouble coming up with a name for the track.The producer had been working with Pink on an intense nine-day songwriting session that yielded six songs. One particular track, an empowering breakup anthem in the vein of “So What,” seemed like it might be written and recorded within a day-it just needed a title. “She kept coming back to ‘Let’s throw in the towel,’ and it was one of those things where we had to say, ‘Is that line really the song?'” Kurstin recalled. “So then I came back with ‘Blow me … one last kiss’ and we got really excited. Most of the time with Pink she’s so strong writing lyrics I don’t really interfere. I let her do her thing. That could’ve been the only time I did that.”
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) first appeared on the Australian Singles Chart in mid July 2012, debuting at number 1. The song peaked at number 8 on the New Zealand Top 40 chart. It also debuted at number 13 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. In Ireland, the song debuted at number 23 on the Irish Singles Chart. In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 3 with sales over 70,000 in September 2012 behind Ne-Yo’s Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) and The Script’s Hall of Fame. Despite of not reaching No.1 in the Singles Chart it did reach No.1 In the UK iTunes Chart, it debuted at number one in Scotland.
In the United States, the song debuted at number 58 on the BillboardHot 100 and peaked at number 5. As of August 2013, Pink is placed joint-third with Lady Gaga (12) behind Rihanna (24) and Beyoncé (14) for most top ten hits for a female artist since 2000. The song also topped the German Airplay Chart, becoming Pink’s tenth consecutive single to do so and increasing her (previously broken) record for the most consecutive number 1 singles in Germany. The song also appeared on the South African Airplay Chart, reaching a peak position of number 2. On Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, it gave Pink her fourth number-one single on this chart. It has sold 2,164,000 copies in the US as of July 2013.
There are two versions of the music video for Blow Me (One Last Kiss). The original version is black & white with splashes of colour. The second version is the same, except that it is in colour. The video features opening titles in French and begins with Pink having a picnic with her love interest (Sebastian de la Forza). The two lean in for a kiss, which is interrupted by him taking a phone call. Pink splashes him with red wine, and walks away through the trees. She meets another man on his motorbike (Alexander Ercheverria) and goes home with him. He draws a portrait of her. Pink watches through the window as many female guests arrive for a party the man has organised. During the party, she dances with one of the women until she is interrupted by the man who brought her home. Pink wears a black suit with her hair pushed back and dances with the woman (Mosh). The man gets down on one knee and proposes. Pink accepts by giving him her hand but is disappointed to find out the proposal was meant for her dance partner. During their wedding ceremony, Pink is dressed completely in black, as if she is attending a funeral. A flying bike appears above the guests (Andreas-Holm Hansen), which is carrying a heart-shaped balloon. The balloon pops, and red liquid covers the guests as Pink sings and dances cheerfully. She joins the driver of the flying bike, and they fly away together at the end of this video clip across the countryside, into the sunset, under a bridge, over trees and up close to a big hill on the high flying bicycle with eagle wings.
MTV’s James Montgomery assured Pink’s fans that she hasn’t changed, while crediting the video for its angry and funny nature, saying “While your heroine might be saying she’s a changed woman, the ‘Blow Me’ video proves that she’s not. It’s just as angry as her previous clips, and nearly as funny too.”
The single also came with a b-side, The King is Dead but the Queen is Alive.
PinkHistory’s favourite performances of Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
On This Day in Pink History… 29th June 2002, Pink played at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on the Party Tour
Get the Party Started
Medley: I Love You / You’re All I Need to Get By
Janie’s Got a Gun
You Make Me Sick
Just like a Pill
Sweet Child o’ Mine
Janis Joplin Medley: Summertime/Piece of My Heart/Me and Bobby McGee
There You Go
Don’t Let Me Get Me
Thanks to CLD from pinkspage for uploading the video and providing the setlist
On This Day in Pink History… 24th June 2006 Pink performed at B96 Summer Bash in Chicago
Cuz I Can
On This Day in Pink History… 20th June 2012, Pink announced her new single, Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Pink announced her new single from her upcoming album in June 2012 with a short video message to fans.
On This Day in Pink History… 17th June 2001, Pink performed at Wango Tango
On This Day in Pink History… 15th June 2002, Pink performed at Wango Tango
On This Day in Pink History… 13th June 2010, Pink played at the Isle of Wight Festival on the Summer Carnival Tour
Just Like A Pill
Dear Mr President
Medley: My Generation/Basketcase (with Butch Walker)
Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
On This Day in Pink History… 11th June 2003, Pink attended the Songwriters Hall of Fame
On This Day in Pink History 10th June 2002, Just Like A Pill was released
Just Like A Pill was written and produced by Dallas Austin and Pink for her second studio album, Missundaztood. In June 2002, it was released as the third single from the album with great commercial success, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in America. Just Like A pill became her first number one single in the UK, and reached the top 10 in many countries including Ireland, France and Sweden. Although the song was only released as a radio only single in Australia (a physical release was never eventuated), it was a number 1 radio hit. In late June 2009, the song charted at number 97 on downloads, mostly likely due to Pink’s Funhouse Tour.
The song was generally well received by contemporary music critics. NME called it “the third best track off her killer last album”.Drowned In Sound’s Robert Luckett commented that it is “a fascinating record…this is a record with a edge, a kind of pot boiling over at any moment, ready to go off at any time vibe.” He also wrote “it obeys the pop industry’s well-dusted rules for a hit.”Stylus Magazine’s Todd Burns, in his review of the album, compared “Just Like a Pill” to the other singles from the album, “Don’t Let Me Get Me” and “Get the Party Started”, writing “The guitars… sound much more integrated into the work and the overall song works far better.”
The video for “Just Like a Pill” was directed by Francis Lawrence for LaFace Records. The video for the song is considerably different from Pink’s previous videos. “Get the Party Started” and “Don’t Let Me Get Me” were lighter in nature than the dark atmosphere which is reflected in the video for “Just like a Pill”, an example of which is the fact that Pink can be seen throughout the whole video wearing black outfits with naked arms and legs and wearing black hair. In the first scene, Pink lies on the floor. In the chorus she sings in front of her band. She is also featured in another scene with white rabbits around her in a room, and in another scene, she is seen with an elephant. There are also scenes with Pink singing in front of and amongst various people. In the latter half of the video, she runs in a hall whilst lip-synching the song, before disappearing into a bright doorway atop a staircase at the conclusion of the video.
In the video, Pink is seen sitting in front of an elephant. After the elephant had been on the set, she saw the abuse and captivity the animal was in. “Pink learned about the abuse of captive elephants when a trainer brought one onto the set of her ‘Just Like a Pill’ video. She could see that something was wrong and she called us to learn more about the issue. Now, Pink would like to see circuses pack their trunks”, according to PETA spokesman Dan Mathews.
In an interview with VH1, Pink said “This poor elephant…a huge elephant, it’s so cute, and I could see how painful it was for it to get down on its hands and knees, and I’m like, ‘Can we not do this anymore? I think we got the take, you know, it’s enough. The elephant has had enough.’ And the trainer’s like, ‘Oh, he loves it.’ And so I was like, ‘So when were you an elephant?’… I didn’t like it. I won’t do that again. … No more animals.” When talking about the different style of video, Pink said “This one’s very dark and artsy, and I have black hair, which is very fun. I loved it. It’s another part that I haven’t concentrated on before.”
The censored version of the song/video changes “Can’t stay on your morphine, it’s making me itch” to “Can’t stay on your life support, it’s making me itch”, and changes “bitch” to “witch”. Pink’s mouth is only blurred once in the censored version as she says “bitch” at about 2 minutes 45 seconds in the video.
The song is almost always included in setlists of performances and tours.