Mariah Carey plans to release a new version of her alternative rock album.
The “Fantasy” singer secretly recorded “Someone’s Ugly Daughter” as Chick in the late 1990s, but her record label had reservations and eventually released a re-recorded version with collaborator Clarissa Dane on lead vocals.
However, Mariah has tracked down the original version of the record and plans to let fans hear it in some form.
She says: “[It] will become something we should hear, but also, I’m working on a version where there will be another artist working with me…. Maybe something built around the album…
“It was my outlet and nobody knew. I was just writing these things. I was like, ‘Can you play [sings guitar part] to the guitarist who was there while we were working on records like “Always Be My Baby” and “One Sweet Day” and eventually “Fantasy” and everything from that era.
“It was like, ‘Just let me do this.’ Because after the session, why not? There’s energy. And we were working for whatever, 15, 16 hours looking at stuff.
“And then we just made this record at the same time. I was writing the lyrics, I was going to sing it. There was a fear [from the record company] because some of the lyrical content was not what people were [expecting]. Honestly, I wanted to release the record at the time under the same alias and let them know it was me, but that idea was kind of trampled on and crushed. So Clarissa came in.
“And yes, there were a lot of big records that belonged to that genre, that grunge moment…And of course there was the Courtney Love era of Hole and everything that was going on at the time. I even did the artwork! The artwork for the album was like the dead cockroach and lipstick.
At the time, the 53-year-old singer was in an unhappy marriage to record label boss Tommy Mottola and working on the album gave her a certain “freedom”.
Speaking on the ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ podcast, she said: “I had no freedom at that time. It was my freedom. I was driving with my assistant with the top down in upstate from New York and I was shouting the lyrics to these songs that nobody else knew. It was my release and it was just fun. And I started like, ‘Oh, it’s just for laughs, whatever ‘, like we were having fun. But then I was like, ‘No, that’s me screaming’. That’s literally what I’m going through.