Mariah Carey revealed in her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, that she made an alternative rock album in the '90s, but she kept it hidden until two years ago. The 1995 album Someone's Ugly Daughter by the band 'Chick' was her 'lost grunge' album, and Carey's lead vocals were recorded over by a musician named Clarissa Dane. In a 2004 interview with Dane, the Chick singer explained that she was Carey's roommate at the time of the recording sessions. While the Chick album isn't currently available to stream, upon its initial release it had major label support and spawned singles such as "Malibu" and "Demented."
Back in 2020, Mariah tweeted - "Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making [my 1995 album] Daydream ..my friend Clarissa … performs the lead, [with] me as a hidden layer." Carey said at the time she recorded it "just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days."
Now according to a new interview with Carey on Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone Now podcast, a version with Carey's original vocals has evidently been recovered by the star, and she plans to release it. Carey discovered the buried version of her secret alt-rock album with her own lead vocals intact. Carey said she is planning to release those versions, and is also planning something 'mysterious' related to the project with 'another artist.' It is currently unknown who the other mystery artist is.
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