L.A. Times Article
February 23, 1997

Added February 25, 1997

By Steve Hochman


The last couple of years have been marked by breakthrough songs from a series of women--Alanis Morissette, Joan Osborne and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani being among the most notable. ›››››

Now there's another one climbing the charts, but rather than a new song from a new artist, this song is 7 years old. Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years," originally released on her first solo album, "Little Earthquakes," in 1990, is one of the fastest-rising songs on radio stations around the country--including L.A.'s Star 98.7 (KYSR-FM), the adult pop outlet where "Silent" has been the most requested song in recent weeks, and younger rock-oriented KROQ-FM (106.7). ›››››

The rise started in late January, after the Lifetime cable TV channel broadcast a benefit concert at New York's Paramount Theatre headlined by Amos for her Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) organization. The show was called "Unlock the Silence," and "Silent All These Years," a confessional ballad, was made its theme. ››››

›While Amos has shown solid album sales--each of her three releases has topped the million mark--she's never had a hit single before. And she and her record company, Atlantic, are ecstatic to have this one, even if it doesn't directly help promote her latest album, "Boys for Pele." ››››

›"We would never look a gift hit record in the mouth," says Vicky Germaise, Atlantic senior vice president of product development. "When her recent work got a little more left-of-center, we looked back and thought she was ahead of her time with 'Silent.' We thought that if only we had that now as a new song, it could be huge. With the concert topic, we had the chance, and it's working." ›››

››Ironically, Amos is also having another hit now--and again, it's not from her most recent album. A remix of "Professional Widow" (a beat-heavy version by techno producer Armand Van Helden, drastically different from the harpsichord-based original on "Pele") was a recent No. 1 pop hit in England, and in the U.S. it's crossing over from a dance-club hit to pop radio. ›››››

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