Cat Power Sobers Up

NY Times talks to the now mostly sober (“seven drinks in seven months”) Cat Power:

Another day, another fifth of Scotch.

And that wasn?t all. Chan Marshall said her mornings began with a minibar?s worth of Jack Daniel?s, Glenlivet and Crown Royal. Mini bottles depleted, this indie singer-songwriter, known as Cat Power, would nurse a bottle of Scotch over the course of the day. On nights she performed, she took the antianxiety drug Xanax.

By the time she would weave onstage, beer in one hand, cigarette in the other, Ms. Marshall, 34, was wasted. And it showed. It would seem that every fan has a Cat Power concert story…

What’s your Cat Power concert story? I’ve never seen “the old Chan Marshall” live, so my story is that everyone in the audience loved her at Bonnaroo and ACL. And she looks great.

But if you saw one of her infamous meltdowns, tell us about it. Times Jogs your memory: “The time she mooned the audience, cursed out techies, talked to a squirrel (outdoors), played three chords and changed her mind (song after song) or played fragments of a few songs and then told everyone to get out, even encouraging fans to sue her.”

The Greatest gets rereleased with new cover art and a new promotional push this fall. According to the article, she’s also thinking about another covers album and “auditioning to join the cast of Saturday Night Live next summer.” Sober Chan, the next Debbie Downer? Don’t hold your breath.