Did you approach your writing differently this time around?
“I guess what we really wanted to do differently on this recording was we really wanted to create an organic experience … there’s no overdubs, no manipulation, no anything. For example, if I was going to sing a song one day and I sang it once and it wasn’t working and it wasn’t clicking, there was no, “Try it again! Try it again!” It was immediately done. Move on and come back to it later, because we really wanted to capture the magic of the performer. And for the first time, we brought in outside musicians … three background singers, a keyboard player. So we were jamming. We really wanted to make a classic rock record. The whole point of rock-and-roll is it’s freedom. It’s freedom to be expressive, it’s the freedom to say, “Fuck it!”
When we first started out, I was a little young and stupid. I wore Xs on my nipples and corset dresses with stripper heels, and thought that was a good look. I’ll say this: It fit me at the time, whatever phase I was in or whatever that was. Everyone likes to stereotype things or write them off as not that serious or “this is just a phase,” especially when you’re that young. The music was never a phase, but the wardrobe was certainly a phase, so I think that may have overshadowed the music in the beginning, for sure. I was so outrageous.
I don’t know. I think that me now, I wouldn’t take a 16-year-old seriously in any capacity. “You’re a kid, why would I listen to you? You’re a child.” So looking back at it now, I’m like, of course! What was I thinking? I’m wearing stripper heels, flashing duct tape on my tits, and being a fucking nutcase. But I was 16 and living out whatever I was going through at the time. But I don’t look back on the records and go, “I wish I didn’t do that.” So the music was always the thing that has been in our world.