While chatting recently with Faster Louder, indie musician/fractious chatterbox Ariel Pink revealed a proposed link-up between himself and Madonna on her next album. Being the follow-up to Madonna’s well-selling (but lesser-regarded) EDM-focused album of 2012, MDNA, Pink believes he was enlisted to help prep the legendary pop singer for a new direction to pursue.
“Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna’s record,” Pink had to say in the interview.“They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old. They actually need songs. I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing.”
Where Pink truly twisted the screwdriver into Madonna’s heart was when asked what sort of song he’d write for her. He claims it’d be a “throwback” track since she’s released nothing of value (in his eyes) beyond her debut album, Madonna, in 1983. Everything afterward has been a steady “downward slide,” specifically stating that “Ray of Light is not cool,” and that this repetition of poor releases “really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something.”
With so much negativity toward her career, it’s a worthy illation to question why Pink would have much interest in working with The Queen of Pop. His view – primarily off her last album – stems from the belief that EDM producers Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi didn’t do her any favors. “It’s not because of her age,” he offered. “It’s because of the things that she thinks she needs to do to stay in her narcissistic domination of the world. Which is totally hers to have. But it’s about not just being a yes person. I’m sure Interscope signed her like, ‘Okay, the last record didn’t do so well. We gotta do something about this. We’re gonna get all new songwriters together and we’re gonna try to come up with this thing. ’Cause she needs help with this.’ And she’s happy to let them do that for her.”
Pink’s remarks were received with no shortage of criticism. Without much delay, Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary took to Twitter with his own comeuppance:
Electro-pop aficionado Grimes also weighed in on what Pink had said with further disdain.
From the moment of the interview’s publication, Pink has been faced with the fact that one can’t have their cake and eat it. too. He took to Twitter, responding little to his dissenters, but instead publicizing the result of his most recent outward lashing.
For more Ariel Pink-Madonna tie-ins, here’s a free download to Pink’s 2007 cover of “Everybody” (previously off Madonna’s debut album).