A Short Biography Of Tori Amos
(b. Myra Ellen Amos, 22 August 1963, North
Why are so many web pages devoted to Tori? Why is she my
favorite musician? Well, for one she is a musical
genius... her career began at age 2 and a half, when she was old
enough to reach the piano keys. She was the youngest student ever
admitted to the Peabody Conservatory of Music at age 5. Her songs
range from heart-wrenching, emotional confessions like "Me
And A Gun" to the catchy, purely entertaining "Happy
Phanthom"... and that's only her first album. I am never
bored with Tori's music.
Her first recorded material was a song called "Baltimore" which she wrote
at 17 to commemorate the Oriole baseball team. She played in clubs and recorded
an album in the 80's with her band "Y Kant Tori Read", a big-hair, heavy-metal
band which is still unmistakably Tori. But she put away the hairspray in
1991, and things began to happen. With the release of "Little Earthquakes",
she became an instant star in England, where she now resides. Her next album,
"Under The Pink" is even better, and features the single "God" which was
her breakthrough hit in America. Her third album, "Boys For Pele" debuted
at number 2 on the US charts. After you have heard Tori's albums, I would
definitly suggest finding some of her single releases, such as Crucify, which
has excellent cover versions of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, "Angie"
by the Rolling Stones, and "Thank You" by Led Zepplin.
After suffering a miscarriage, Tori began writing the songs which appear
on her fourth album, "Songs From The Choirgirl Hotel." The album has less
piano and rock more. Her 5th release was a 2-CD set called "To Venus and
Back" and includes one disc of new songs with a lot of atmoshpere (they are
more dark and moody and less upbeat than those on Choirgirl), and one disk
of live tracks. Tori's latest album is titled "Strange Little Girls," which
is much more theoretical than her previous albums: it is basically an excercise
in gender fucking (messing with traditional notions of gender). Tori covers
songs written by men about women, and gives them new meanings. (My favorite song from this album is "Real Men" with the line "don't call me a faggot/ not unless you are a friend")
Tori is also the inspiration for the Sandman comic character Delirium, written by her friend Neil Gaiman.
If you like Tori, you might want to check out these other artists:
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