'Try,' Try Again

PinkAfter raising eyebrows with her previous album, Pink makes it even clearer with her new disc that fans should expect the unexpected. "Try This," due this week from Arista, finds the singer again ignoring the rules often guiding today's young female pop stars -- at her own peril.

After beginning the project with songwriter Linda Perry, whom she calls "her safe place," she met and instantly clicked with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong at a video shoot for his Rancid side project, Transplants. She wound up writing and recording with Armstrong and Transplants/Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker using a Pro Tools setup on the band's tour bus.

"It sounds hokey pokey, but I believe that the universe protects me," Pink says. "I'm not into all that sh*t, but I believe from experience that things have always fallen into my path that I'm supposed to have, or I have the instinct to go find them," she adds.

Besides, she says, when it comes to songwriters, "I like the underdog. It's too easy and too damn expensive to go with those f*ckin' heavy hitters. They're proven. I don't like proven. I don't like knowing."

Judging from the performance of 2001's multi-platinum "Missundaztood," Pink clearly would seem to be on to something. But she is relishing the freedom to try new things, mass popularity be damned.

"Sometimes I want to make a really sh*tty record and get dropped and go start a band -- a death-metal opera. GWAR meets 'Phantom [of the Opera']," she says, smiling. "But then other times, I want to be on the radio. I want to be driving down the street and hearing my sh*t. I'm a walking conflict. I'm a member of PETA, and I have leather boots on my feet!"