Ex-teen icon Tiffany tells all about her divorce-inspired new studio album Shadows and her love of trashy sci-fi flicks… By Will Simpson
“Children be-haaave”. That’s what usually first involves thoughts after we hear the identify Tiffany. That and shopping center concert events and blue denim. In 2022, Tiffany Darwish is a twice-divorced mum who’s lived.
She’s launched at least 11 albums, had a side-career performing in motion pictures together with Mega Piranha and Mega Python vs Gatoroid, posed nude for Playboy and carried out her justifiable share of actuality TV.
However music has all the time been her old flame and, as she tells Traditional Pop, her newest LP Shadows is impressed by each the turmoil of center age and early-80s energy pop.
Some Traditional Pop readers can be astonished to find you’re now in your eleventh studio album. Do you are feeling stunned you’re nonetheless making music after 35 years?
I assume so. Music is all I’ve ever wished to do. There’s by no means been a plan B, however once I take a look at it, I began off so younger that it doesn’t really feel prefer it’s been that way back, if you’ll. When individuals say ‘30 years in the past’ or ‘11 albums’, I’m like, actually!?
Does the album title Shadows refer to private shadows or shadows extra usually?
It’s each. It’s shadows usually however there are a few of my very own shadows in there, too. There was numerous heartbreak on this album once I was writing it. I used to be going via a divorce, in a brand new relationship whereas he was going via an analogous divorce and all of the complexity of that. So that you’re going to listen to all that on the file. As a vocalist, I believe I’m singing the perfect I’ve ever sung and numerous that comes from true emotion – these are my lyrics, that is my life. If I wasn’t singing proper now, I’d most likely be in a parking zone screaming!
Lots of the album sounds impressed by early-80s guitar pop. Was that the music you had been listening
to as a child?
Sure. Bands like The Go-Go’s, the Ramones, Blondie – that punk-pop sound was what I used to be shopping for. That’s what my girlfriends had been listening to. I bear in mind certainly one of my first pyjama events at my home all of us crammed into my bed room and danced across the room to The Go-Go’s. It was a lot enjoyable.
What impressed your single, I Like The Rain?
It appeared like lots of people round me had been going via among the issues that I used to be – divorces, children rising up and leaving dwelling, making errors of their life. And a few of my associates… I received’t say went off the rails, however they had been dwelling a really vibrant life, creating chaos after which crying about that chaos. I Like The Rain is about that. It’s about making dangerous selections, individuals speaking about you and also you’re like, ‘I’m proudly owning my loopy’, if you’ll. I believe I’ve made a few of these errors within the final 4 or 5 years. However I’m via it now and that’s good.
You’ve carried out numerous issues in your profession, from making movies to actuality TV. Is there something you would like you hadn’t carried out?
Not a lot the fact TV. I actually haven’t had too many dangerous experiences. I’m an individual who if I did it, I personal it – the nice, the dangerous and the ugly.
So not the flicks in any respect – Mega Piranha, Mega Python and so forth?
No, I like the sci-fi motion pictures! I’ll proceed to do them. I’m a sci-fi fan.
What’s the largest false impression about Tiffany?
In all probability that I’m only a one-hit surprise and that I used to be manufactured. However I’m deeper than lots of people suppose. I’ve been via the arduous knocks. I’ve had numerous grief in my life, shedding members of the family and associates. I’ve taken care of aged relations. I’ve carried out issues that individuals in actual life do after which put these experiences into my music.
How do you are feeling about I Assume We’re Alone Now nowadays? Is it a millstone spherical your neck?
It’s not. I do know on the finish of my life it’s going to be a spotlight, however there’s one thing about that tune that makes individuals really feel good. I’m endlessly grateful for that. I didn’t need to file it. It’s grown on me and it’s all the time a spotlight of the reside present. I by no means get upset about having to sing it.
Have you ever thought-about an autobiography? Each different 80s pop star appears to be bringing one out…
Nicely… at the moment behind the scenes, sure. I’m taking notes. We’re placing all of it collectively and it’s going to be an
attention-grabbing learn concerning the music business, the place it’s taken me, how they discarded me and the way I’ve needed to say, ‘No I’m not carried out’. It’s been a battle. However, you understand, I didn’t surrender. That is what I do.
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