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KT Tunstall: Not going to ''f--- it up''

The Scottish songstress looks back on a year of accelerated fame and tells us what she’s learned (money is good, friends are better, don’t fall into the Amy Winehouse trap)

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YOUR SONGS ARE OPEN TO INTERPRETATION
”The whole thing with The Devil Wears Prada [which prominently featured Tunstall’s single ‘Suddenly I See’] was very amusing. The song is actually about the photograph of Patti Smith on the cover of Horses. I didn’t realize the lyrics could perfectly fit a chick flick, and it could sound like I was singing about wanting to be a f—ing model!”

BEING WEALTHY IS A BIT FRIGHTENING
”I’m acutely aware that money can change you, and I don’t want to change. I don’t want new friends. I’ve got wicked friends. I don’t want to go through that process of becoming a rock star and then going, ‘S—, I actually don’t have much now apart from money.’ But it’s a nice problem to have.”

YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FIND HER IN REHAB — NO, NO, NO…
”[Amy Winehouse] is immensely talented. And all I f—ing read is how much she drinks and who she’s married to. Unfortunately, she’s embraced what everybody wants her to be. I’m sure lots of people would love to see me s—faced and on coke coming out of a club. But, right now, it feels like there’s way too much at stake to f— it up just because I would get better known for being an idiot than for being a musician.”

…BUT BEARING THAT RESPONSIBILITY KIND OF SUCKS
”A lot of little girls under 10 really like my music and are starting to play guitar. It’s a heavy responsibility. If there’s a kid in the front row, I definitely curb my usual sailor-esque tones.” [Editor’s note: That’s clearly not an issue in this interview.]

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED VIA SONG
”’I Don’t Want You Now’ [from her new album, Drastic Fantastic, now out] is certainly angry. It’s a very, very blatant response to a guy who really pissed me off. When I was recording the song, I was thinking, ‘Got you! You can try to f— me over but I’ve got you!”’