One of Pink’s biggest chart-toppers was her 2001 hit “Get the Party Started”, but if things had gone according to plan the song would have been a hit for Madonna, not Pink.
That revelation comes directly from famed producer, songwriter and 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry, who divulged that was the original path in mind for her song.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Perry explained the origins of the the Pink hit, which was certified gold in the U.S. and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
“’Get the Party Started’ was just me figuring out what all this stuff does. I came up with that beat, laid it down, found all these weird chords and sounds and put the horns…I picked up a microphone and said, ‘I’m just going to say every clichéd line I can think of.’ And I came up with, ‘Get the party started on a Saturday night’ and wrote a bunch of stuff down. I called up my manager afterwards and said, ‘I just wrote a damn hit.’ It was too easy,” she said, recounting the stories behind the 15 most significant songs she’s written.
“I sent it to Madonna and she passed, but a week later, Alecia [a.k.a. Pink] called,” she continued. “She left me this really crazy message how she would come find me if I didn’t call her back. I saw what she looked like — she was a bling-bling girl — and I said, ‘I think you have the wrong Linda Perry.’ She’s like, ‘Is this the Linda Perry who sang ‘Dear Mister President’ in 4 Non Blondes?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ She’s like, ‘Well, I have the right person.’ I had just written ‘Get the Party Started’ and I go, ‘Well, I’ve got something I wrote last week,’ and sent it to her. I guess she sent it to [producer] LA Reid and they said, ‘OK, we have our first single.’”
According to Perry, Pink is “awesome. She’s so sassy. We were sitting one day and I said, ‘This album’s going to be huge.’ She laughed at me. But I was like, ‘It’s going to be a groundbreaking record and change things for you.’ She didn’t believe me. But we completely changed her format and it worked. And my life took a complete turn. That song put me on everybody’s Blackberry at the time. All the boy bands were reaching out.”
However, Perry “just was not interested” in going that route. “I’m an artist. I’m not a hit-maker,” she added. “My intention is never to go write a hit. I don’t even understand how to do that. I just can only stay as true as possible, and either one’s going to happen or it’s not. My main focus is always to write a great song. That’s what I do. I don’t write bad songs. I write great songs. Some of them are hits, some of them are not.”
“Get the Party Started”, she admitted, still holds a special place in her heart. “But with that song, it became clear to me that helping artists with their vision is kind of cool,” she said. “I got the bug. It’s not me and my drab emotions. I was putting on Alecia’s clothes every day as she came in. It was an escape from myself.”