You'll Never Guess Which Pink Song Was Originally For Madonna
By Paris Close
January 27, 2019
During a recent profile piece for Rolling Stone, the composer behind the smash record, famed songwriter Linda Perry, revealed she'd written the song somewhat on the fly, not really aware she had a hit on her hands.
"'Get the Party Started' was just me figuring out what all this stuff does. I came up with that beat, laid it down, found all these weird chords and sounds and put the horns … I picked up a microphone and said, ‘I’m just going to say every clichéd line I can think of,’" Perry said of the track's beginnings. "And I came up with, ‘Get the party started on a Saturday night’ and wrote a bunch of stuff down. I called up my manager afterwards and said, ‘I just wrote a damn hit.’ It was too easy."
Perry went on to explain how she originally pitched "Get the Party Started" to the Material Girl, who "passed" on the opportunity — but it was the outrageous phone call that followed which led the track to Pink.
"She left me this really crazy message how she would come find me if I didn’t call her back. I saw what she looked like — she was a bling-bling girl — and I said, ‘I think you have the wrong Linda Perry.’ She’s like, ‘Is this the Linda Perry who sang ‘Dear Mister President’ in 4 Non Blondes?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ She’s like, ‘Well, I have the right person,'" she continued, adding, "I had just written ‘Get the Party Started’ and I go, ‘Well, I’ve got something I wrote last week,’ and sent it to her. I guess she sent it to LA Reid and they said, ‘Okay we have our first single.'"
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