Mariah Carey plans to give her fans a full ’90s grunge album.
The musical sensation, 53, previously revealed in her 2020 memoir, The Importance of Mariah Carey, that she made an alternative rock album in 1995, released under the band name Chick, which featured vocals from her friend and former roommate Clarissa Dane.
The superstar has now unearthed a version of the album entitled Someone’s Ugly Daughter featuring her vocals and revealed that she plans to release it as it comes out on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast on Friday, adding, “I’m just full of surprises.”
“I think this unearthed version is going to be something that we should hear,” she said, before hinting at a collaboration. “But I’m also working on a version of something that another artist will be collaborating with me on.”
After previously tweeting that she was “looking for the version of this album that has my lead vocals and won’t stop until we find her,” Mariah told Rolling Stone that the mission was accomplished.
“The search for this version is going great. We actually have it,” she said of the lost vocal files, adding, “That was my outlet, and no one knew about it. I’d rather most people didn’t know about it until we’ve decided exactly what’s going to become of this quest for those vocals.’
The music was recorded while the We Belong Together hitmaker was working on it her blockbuster album Daydream to let off steam for her and the band.
Carey wanted to release the album with her vocals at the time, but said the idea was “pounded and crushed.”
Clarissa then re-recorded Mariah’s lead vocals while Mariah sang uncredited backups in the version that was eventually released under the band name Chick.
Speaking about the production of Someone’s Ugly Daughter, she said, “I would just write these things and say, ‘Can you act? [vocalizing]?” to the guitarist who happened to be there while we were working on records like “Always Be My Baby” and “One Sweet Day”, then “Fantasy” and whatever else from that period,” she revealed.
‘It’s not like I was like, ‘Oh, I can do that.’ But it was also like that, it was like an outlet. It was like, “just let me do this,” because after the session, why not? There’s energy and we’ve been working on whatever – 15, 16 hours checking things and then we just all made this record at the same time.
During this time, Mariah was living in New York with her ex-husband, music executive Tommy Mottola, 74, and felt stuck in the R&B-pop ballad genre.
“I had no freedom at that time. That was my freedom. I’d drive around upstate New York with my assistant with the top down, and we’d scream the lyrics to these songs that nobody else knew,” she said.
“It was my salvation and it was just fun. Literally, I started, “Oh, that’s just for a laugh. We’re having fun,” but then I said, “No, that’s me yelling. That’s literally what I’m going through.”
In her memoir she also explained: “I played with the style of the then popular white female singers with airy grunge and punk lights. You know the ones who seemed so carefree with their feelings and their image. They could be angry, scared, and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled panties, and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and manicured.
She added: “I wanted to break free, let go and express my misery – but I also wanted to laugh. I was really looking forward to doing my alter ego band sessions every night after Daydream.”
Two Chick songs, Demented and Malibu, are available to stream on YouTube after being uploaded in 2009.