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Honey

Monday 8 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

written by Tori Amos

"Honey" was supposed to be on Under the Pink instead of "The Wrong Band", which Tori considered as a B-Side. She changed her mind at the last minute during the mastering process because someone from the label had made a comment about how "The Wrong Band" was better. Tori always regretted that choice and performed "The Wrong Band" only a few times since 1994 because of that.

“That was going to be on the album, but I knocked it off. But ’Honey’ was OK with it. She was OK, she really was. We had a long talk about it. Because believe it or not, she’s getting great status as a b-side. People love her. So she’s getting all this praise because she’s a bit of an underground song. She’s a bit of a cult song, so she kind of loves this attention. She’s getting more attention than she would if she were on the album. I think everything has its place. The only regret I ever have is that ’Upside Down’ wasn’t on Little Earthquakes.” (Beat Magazine, July 1994)

“In the end, on Under the Pink, certain choices were made. ‘Honey’ was knocked off in the final hour. That is something that I regret to this day. So I’ve included it with the A sides here because that is what it was meant to be. Instead I allowed a B-side to step up because somebody in the mix room made a comment. Something about how ‘Honey’ wasn’t as strong as one of the B-sides, a song which will remain nameless. This again, is where I’ve learned as a producer over the years.

It’s not that I’m always right. I get things wrong, as you can see. But when you’re in that 11th hour you’d better have worked out your theory. You need to know what the story is. It’s funny, Neil Gaiman and I have talked about this. You can’t start rewriting the book when you’re sending out the galleys. You’ve written the book. You’ve already made your edits. You’ve already asked yourself some pretty tough questions. This is where I learned another great lesson on Under the Pink, which was: You don’t just go half-cocked on a decision. You can’t control comments that people will make. Whether it’s a record company person who shouldn’t be allowed in the room at that moment because they don’t know when to speak or not, or an assistant engineer, or even the pizza delivery boy, your core team has already made their comments, and you’ve had time to walk away and decide.

But as you’re making your final, final, final decisions, that’s not when you change your entire strategy. You have a blueprint for a record and you’ve worked with it for many, many months. There has been time to think things through and to make your changes - remake the wheel if need be. But you can make changes forever. That’s why some people can’t finish a record, because they’re always making changes. They’ve made so many changes that by the time they get back to it they’ve lost the soul of it. But you must discipline your mind and you must not let mental fatigue set in.” (A Piano booklet)