Second post on Tori Amos, albeit the first was back in November. This Sunday, it’s back to 1993 and the single “God”, which was remixed by Detroit legend Carl Craig and the UK’s The Joy.

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly ’70s musical approach, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition, she revived the singer/songwriter traditions of the ’70s while reestablishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album Little Earthquakes, Amos built a dedicated following that expanded with her second album, Under the Pink, before giving way to a decade-spanning legacy.

The daughter of a Methodist preacher, Amos was born in North Carolina but raised in Maryland. She began singing and playing piano in the church choir at the age of four, and songwriting followed shortly afterward. Amos proved to be a quick learner, and her instrumental prowess earned her a scholarship to the preparatory school at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory. While studying at Peabody, she became infatuated with rock & roll, particularly the music of Led Zeppelin. She lost her scholarship at the age of 11 — quite possibly due to her interest in popular music — but continuing writing songs nevertheless, eventually moving to Los Angeles in her late teens to become a pop singer. Atlantic Records signed her in 1987, and Amos recorded an uninspired pop-metal album called Y Kant Tori Read the following year. The record was a complete failure, attracting no attention from radio or press and selling very few copies; nevertheless, she didn’t lose her record contract. By 1990, Amos had adopted a new approach, singing spare, haunting, semiconfessional piano ballads that were arranged like Kate Bush but had the melodies and lyrical approach of Joni Mitchell. Atlantic sponsored a trip to England in 1991, where she played a series of concerts in support of an EP, Me and a Gun.

The harrowing “Me and a Gun” was an autobiographical song, telling the tale of Amos’ own experience with rape. It gained positive reviews throughout the media, and both the EP and the supporting concerts sold well. Little Earthquakes, Amos’ first album as a singer/songwriter, was released in 1992 and fared well in both the U.S. and the U.K. The same year, she released the Crucify EP, which featured cover songs like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You.” Delivered in early 1994, Under the Pink, the proper follow-up to Little Earthquakes, was an even bigger hit, selling over a million copies and launching the minor hit singles “God” and “Cornflake Girl.” Two years later, Amos delivered her third album, Boys for Pele, her most ambitious and difficult record to date. The album debuted at number two and quickly went platinum.

As she toured in support of the album American Doll Posse, Amos released live digital recordings of each concert as part of the Legs and Boots concert series, which grew to encompass 27 albums. Although each release was made available via /iTunes and other online vendors, Amos also released a “best-of” Legs and Boots compilation in March 2009, having created its track list from various recordings during the tour. Meanwhile, she also focused on new material that had been written during the tour, which she soon compiled into her tenth studio album. Entitled Abnormally Attracted to Sin, the album was released in May 2009 by Universal Republic, Amos’ new record label. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Tori Amos – God (The Rainforest Resort Mix) Carl Craig

Tori Amos – God (The Dharma Kayã Mix) The Joy

Tori Amos – God (The Thinking Mix 2) Carl Craig

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~ by acidted on February 7, 2010.


  1. […] I didn’t think I’d posted this mix before. But it turns out I have (see here). Never mind. Enjoy a rather slow mix by Carl and the contrast of the restrained beats with […]

  2. […] 1993 single ‘God’. I didn’t think I’d posted this mix before. But it turns out I have (see here). Never mind. Enjoy a rather slow mix by Carl and the contrast of the restrained beats with […]

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