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On This Day in Pink History… 4th November 2008, Pink performed at Cafe de Paris in London, UK

On This Day in Pink History… 4th November 2008, Pink performed at Cafe de Paris in London, UK

Setlist:

  1. Funhouse
  2. Who Knew
  3. One Foot Wrong
  4. Killing Me Softly
  5. Please Don’t Leave Me
  6. I Don’t Believe You
  7. Dear Mr President
  8. Crazy
  9. Sober
  10. So What

Note: Setlist from setlist.fm – order may be incorrect

On This Day in Pink History… 27th October 2008, Funhouse album was released

On This Day in Pink History… 27th October 2008, Funhouse album was released

Funhouse is Pink’s fifth studio album, released in 2008 by LaFace Records. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 180,000 copies in its first week. It reached number one in the album charts in six countries; Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and UK. Funhouse has sold six million copies worldwide.

Pink wrote and recorded approximately 30 to 35 songs for Funhouse. “It’s like getting rid of your children: ‘I like that one too, but I’m going to let that one die,'” she said of choosing the album’s tracks. “The good thing now is that different countries want extra songs and B-sides, so there’s always a home for the other kids.” Pink traveled internationally to write and record the album, working with Eg White in London and with Max Martin in Stockholm. “It was really good to get out of my house and get away from my life. No distractions. No phones”, Pink said of her sessions outside the U.S.

Pink has stated that this album is her most vulnerable to date. Much of the album’s subject matter alludes to the fact that Moore had recently separated from her husband, Carey Hart. The first single, So What, opens with: “I guess I just lost my husband/I don’t know where he went”. Please Don’t Leave Me also addresses the split. The artist sums up its theme thus: “Okay, I’m an asshole, but love me anyway.” In Mean, she sings, “It was good in the beginning/but how did we get so mean?” The song that Moore is the most proud of is Crystal Ball. She said about the track: “I recorded it in one take and we didn’t mix it. It just went straight to master. It was all about a vibe and not about perfection or being polished. I just love that song and I loved recording it.” She wrote the song with Billy Mann, who also aided her with the songs Stupid Girls, Dear Mr. President and I’m Not Dead (all 2006), among others.

In It’s All Your Fault, Pink blames her lover for giving her hopes of a love relationship, then simply giving up on her. She proclaims in the lyrics “I conjure up the thought of being gone, but I’d probably even do that wrong.” In Glitter in the Air, Pink asks many questions such as, “Have you ever looked fear in the face and said I just don’t care?”, and “Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?” Pink admits, “I still don’t have some of the answers to the questions I pose on this record. I’m still figuring it all out.”

The track Sober, which is the album’s second single, was written by Pink at a party hosted at her home, where everyone was drunk or drinking except for her, and she wanted them all to leave. She went to the beach and had a line in her head saying “How do I feel so good sober?”. Eventually it had nothing to do with alcohol but with identities. “How do I feel so good with just me, without anyone to lean on?”, Pink said in an interview.

Ave Mary A deals with world issues and problems. “One Foot Wrong” talks about an acidtrip that went wrong, but also has an underlying theme. “That song is also about losing control and how easy it is to lose the plot in life and teeter on the edge.”

Originally, Pink wanted to call her album Heartbreak Is a Motherfucker, but her record label declined because of a fear that offensive language would affect sales. She also said that she did not want the album to look like a break-up album; “There is a lot of that [break-up], but there is fun happening too and that’s why I named it Funhouse in the end.” Pink has also stated that she sees life as a carnival: “Clowns are supposed to be happy, but they are really scary. Carnivals are supposed to be fun, but really they are kind of creepy.” […] “and that’s like life to me, and love. Love is supposed to be fun, but it can sometimes be really scary. And the funhouse mirrors that make you look so distorted that you don’t recognize yourself and you ask yourself, ‘How did I get here? How do I get out of here?’ But, you think that you want to do it again. That is the same as love and life. It’s a metaphor for being in love and for life.” This also shows in the title track “Funhouse” where she tells that it used to be fun. “It’s about when the box you’re in doesn’t fit anymore, burn that fucker down and start a new one.”

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Singles:

  • So What
  • Sober
  • Please Don’t Leave Me
  • Bad Influence
  • Funhouse
  • I Don’t Believe You
  • Glitter in the Air

Tracklist:

  1. So What
  2. Sober
  3. I Don’t Believe you
  4. One Foot Wrong
  5. Please Don’t Leave Me
  6. Bad Influence
  7. Funhouse
  8. Crystal Ball
  9. Mean
  10. It’s All Your Fault
  11. Ave Mary A
  12. Glitter In The Air
  13. This Is How It Goes Down
  14. Boring
  15. Why Did I Ever Like You?

On This Day in Pink History… 5th October 2009, I Don’t Believe You was released

On This Day in Pink History… 5th October 2009, I Don’t Believe You was released

I Don’t Believe You was released as the sixth single from Pink’s fifth album, Funhouse.

I Don’t Believe You is Pink’s single with the lowest peak in the United Kingdom. It failed to reach the top forty due to physical single was cancelled. In the U.S. & Canada, the track has sold around 115,000+ in digital downloads, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, making I Don’t Believe You her only single from Funhouse not to have higher charting. In Australia, the song reached number twenty-three on the sales chart and was the number-one most added track to the radio on its debut week of release. In the Europe, I Don’t Believe You reached top forty in most countries with its highest peak in Portugal, where the song reached number one.

The music video was directed by Sophie Muller and was shot in California in September 2009. The video is show in black and white and features Pink in the wedding dress she wore to her actual wedding to Carey Hart in 2006.

Scenes include her lying down in the dress, rollerblading around what appears to be the inside of a church (The Los Angeles Theater), singing to an empty wedding dining room, crying over an empty wedding album and singing to herself in front of the mirror.

On This Day in Pink History… 22nd August 2008, So What music video was released

On This Day in Pink History… 22nd August 2008, So What music video was released

In 2008, Pink teamed up with Dave Meyers (who she also worked with for previous music videos such as There You Go, Most Girls, You Make Me Sick, Get The Party Started & Don’t Let Me Get Me), to shoot the new video for the debut single from her fifth studio album, Funhouse.

The video begins in a tattoo parlour, Pink is getting a tattoo of a red void mark on her arm across an existing tattoo before the scene cuts to Pink riding down Sunset Boulevard on a lawnmower and drinking alcohol. Pink is then shown entering Guitar Center browsing guitars. She pretends to play before attempting to smash it into the ground, but she is restrained by a store clerk which leads to them engaging in a fight. Pink is shown cutting down a tree engraved with her real name and her estranged husband’s names with a chainsaw. She cries on the chainsaw, while telling herself that she is all right, right before the tree falls and nearly crushes her neighbor. After this, Pink is sitting in a bar after losing her table to Jessica Simpson, accompanied by a man who is playing the drums out of glasses. The next scene goes to Pink on a motorbike, while a newly wedded couple in a car pull up beside her and wave and smile at her. Jealous and outraged at the happy newlyweds, Pink is shown throwing objects at the car and popping the blown up condoms used to decorate the vehicle, before climbing onto it and playfully (albeit violently) attacking the vehicle. Pink is then shown stripping on the red carpet, surrounded by photographers, she takes off her jacket to reveal her (blurred) nude body. The paparazzi all snap photos of her as she does choreography from Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller” naked, but more akin to Austin Powers 2. Then while getting her hair done, her stylist applies hairspray, as Pink turns on her cigarette lighter, accidentally setting her hair on fire. Also shown are two men urinating in beer bottles, which they give to Pink, however Pink passes them to two guys walking past her. They drink it and then realizing what it is, spit it out in disgust. Finally, Pink is shown surrounded by men and women in their underwear engaging in a pillow fight. The video then cuts between all the scenes shown in the video before ending with Pink poking her tongue at the camera with her husband. Pink is also shown performing the song in concert near the end. Pink’s husband Carey Hart makes cameos throughout the video, such as a scene where they are talking as newspaper headlines flash behind them. Producer Butch Walker also makes a cameo. Pink has stated that Hart had not heard the song prior to arriving for the video shoot. The video was ranked on VH1 as the 3rd best music video of 2008 on the Top 40 Videos of 2008. On Facebook it was the second favorite video of 2008. The scene from the video where Pink’s hair is set on fire is censored on MTV UK and its sister channels. That scene is replaced with other short clips from the video

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On This Day in Pink History… 3rd August 2009, Funhouse single was released

On This Day in Pink History… 3rd August 2009, Funhouse single was released

Funhouse is the fifth single from Pink’s fifth studio album of the same name. The track was written by P!nk, Jimmy Harry and Tony Kanal who also produced the song. It holds the title of the album and, just like most of the album’s tracks, the song speaks about P!nk’s split with motocrossrider Carey Hart.

Funhouse received acclaim from critics, being regarded as one of the musical and lyrical highlights of the album. There’s More Where That Came From’ gave the song an A- stating, “‘Funhouse’ has the energy of ‘So What’ but surpasses it half-way through, when the song breaks into true rocker mode. Something we haven’t seen from Pink since ‘Trouble’ back in 2003!” Billboard also gave the song a very positive review, saying “Pink again displays her versatility on this complex number, which calls for blues, funk and rock vocal stylings that few other pop stars could pull off. The singer delivers with full force, colliding with lively guitar licks and hints of synth” and giving it an 81% approval.

Funhouse became Pink’s 16th Top 10 single in Australia, climbing to a chart peak of number six. The song also became Pink’s 5th consecutive #1 single on the Australian Airplay Chart, with all 4 previous singles from Funhouse peaking at #1 too. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 18, becoming Pink’s fifth consecutive top twenty hit from the Funhouse album. It has since peaked at number 15. It also made its chart debut on the Turkey Top 20 Chart at number twenty-five. Funhouse first appeared on the UK Singles Chart in July, 2009 at number 155. It climbed 30 spots to 125 a week later. It currently peaks at twenty-nine. Also in the UK, the song has been added to the B List of the Radio 1 Playlist. It is expected to climb in the following weeks due to the physical release of the single. In August 2009, Funhouse debuted at the Dutch Top 40 at number 31, making this her 19th entry on the chart. Funhouse debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at #80 and has risen to a peak of #21. The song was released in later August, 2009 in the U.S., and in October, the song debuted at number 23 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. The following week, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97 and peaked at #44.

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers and premiered in June, 2009 in the United Kingdom on 4music. Tony Kanal of No Doubt, also the co-writer and the producer of the song, appears in a cameo, playing a piano. The video takes place in a barren lot that is later shown to be what’s left of a house that is still burning. There are ‘evil clowns’ throughout the area who are picking though the rubble and playing the instruments as the band. The video begins as it pans low to the ground showing an “Elvis” grave briefly. Pink emerges from an old empty pool and begins to sing the first verse. She proceeds to kick over a toilet and picks up a framed photo. She throws it behind her. She passes a toaster and now it shows that she is in a burning fun house. She dances past a few ‘evil clowns’. It shows more of the burning remains of the building. She picks up a stick and throws it down. Then an ‘evil clown’ turns around and the camera has a close up of its face. She counts down from 9. (She quickly shows her middle finger on ‘5’ but on most versions of the video that is blurred out.) She moves to a table and takes a sip of some red liquid but becomes disgusted and throws it down. She jumps onto a mattress attached to a chain which two ‘evil clowns’ are pulling. She gets off the mattress and climbs onto the burning fun house. It shows four ‘evil clowns’ (Two are miming with each other, one is playing the guitar and the last is just standing on its own.) She goes over to the guitar playing clown and dances with it. She proceeds to count down from 9 again. She climbs through a doggie door to find Tony Kanal playing the piano. Pink moves to a motorcycle and puts on sunglasses and a leather jacket. In the background a voice is counting down from 9. At one she rides away on the motorcycle as the house explodes. It then shows her riding her motorcycle on a road as the song ends.

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On This Day in Pink History… 2nd August 2009, Pink broke records in Australia

On This Day in Pink History… 2nd August 2009, Pink played at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and broke the record for the most shows played at the venue by one artist on one tour

In 2009, Pink was on the road with the Funhouse tour and the tour hit Australia from May to August 2009. During that time, Pink performed at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on seventeen nights with ticket sales topping $17.2 million ($21.7 Australian). The combined attendance for all shows at the Melbourne venue was 214,956.

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On This Day in Pink History… 13th June 2010, Pink played at the Isle of Wight Festival on the Summer Carnival Tour

On This Day in Pink History… 13th June 2010, Pink played at the Isle of Wight Festival on the Summer Carnival Tour

Funhouse

Who Knew

Just Like A Pill

Dear Mr President

Medley: My Generation/Basketcase (with Butch Walker)

Roxanne

Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)

So What