As a kid, Ariel Pink would make tape recordings of his weird folk-punk songs, producing all the rhythms using a mouth harp or his armpit. He was discovered in 2003 by American indie stars Animal Collective, who released his music through their label. Now this super-gifted madman of pop is riding the wave of his 10th album, Pom Pom, a crazy mishmash of new wave, slush, jingles and mangy freak rock.
In response to a recent interview in which Pink said Madonna’s career has been on a downward slide, the 36-year-old wanted to set the record straight. And so, here to present the Madge masterpieces that take him straight to the mall, to church or Cancun: The talented Mr. Pink.
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