We are on Day four of My Week with Pink. Today its the song Just Like a Pill. This single was released in 2002, and gave Pink her first UK number one.
This single was taken from her second studio album, Missundaztood released in 2001. Just Like a Pill was the third single to be taken from this album and is Pink at her most raw.
It's a very edgy, darker, more rock track than some of her softer stuff. Its that blend again of being rock but still pop that Pink does so brilliantly in tracks like this one. Its another co-written by the lady herself, and deals with some dark issues - those being relationship issues and drugs. Very deep.
The video is dark too. Not just in tone, but the colour of her hair - black with purple streaks. She looks very different and very gothic. Dressed in black she writhes her way through this track, in various outfits consisting of not very much to be honest! At one point she is in her bra, then a very short leather skirt, and then randomly she is in a room full of white rabbits. Slightly bizarre, but that's Pink for you! As it gets towards the end, its a bit heading in the S&M direction. I shall say no more on that!
Back to the song. Pink has never been shy about her own issues, including drugs. Its got some serious lyrics It kicks in quietly with "I'm lying here on the floor where you left me, I think I took too much". Straight to the point. She carries on "I can't stay on your morphine cos it's making me itch". Not exactly subtle in its references, but its clever.
The chorus is louder, and shows Pink's voice and power. It includes the lines "run just as fast as I can to the middle of nowhere, to the middle of my frustrated fears, and I swear you're just like a pill, instead of making me better, you keep making me ill". Not only drugs being referenced, but a bad relationship. Cheery stuff!
All in all, this is a dark, edgy, cleverly written and thought provoking song. It all comes together though as a great track by a great artist. Pink is fantastic at this type of song, and this one in particular is one of her best. She does look a bit formidable in the video though - you would think twice before messing this girl around!
Go and have a listen and let me know what you think. Its a good song to stick on if you are wanting to vent a bit! Happy listening :)