LAist Interview: China Forbes of Pink Martini
China Forbes is the ultra-fabulous frontlady of Pink Martini, a 12 piece “little orchestra” based in Portland, Oregon. Pink Martini is the kind of band that serves up a little sumthin for everyone – their multi-lingual repertoire ranges from lounge to Latin, classical to cosmopolitan and they’re huge stars in France. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 14, 15 & 16) the band hits the stage at the Hollywood Bowl accompanied by our very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and featuring special guests Carol Channing (who we interviewed yesterday), Henri Salvator and the March Forth Marching Band.
LAist got to talk to Forbes, a self-described homebody, before she headed off with the band to tour the US this summer and Europe in the fall.
Hey Eugene is your third album. How is it different from the other two?
It’s really different. The first one, Sympathique, was Thomas’ (Lauderdale, the founder of the band) compilation of his favorite cover songs with a few originals thrown in. The second, Hang On Little Tomato, had tons of originals but still had the same sort of Pink Martini elegance to it. Hey Eugene veers into different territory. It’s much more lively while the others are more soothing and elegant. "Dos Vedanya Mio Bombino (Farewell my Bumblebee)," is this big rollicking almost musical theatereque song. It actually features the March Forth Marching Band who are playing with us at the Bowl so that will be fun.
You wrote the title track about some guy who took your number at a party and never called. Did he finally call when the album came out and you’d made him all famous and stuff?
No. Every one wonders that but he never did.
What the hell does it take to get a guy to call you back these days?
I guess a lot more - international fame, radio fame, I don’t know. It was 12 years ago though. Still, it was one of those magical nights where you meet someone and really connect. We couldn’t get over the fact that we were at the same place at the same time, we danced the night away and at the end of the night he asked if it would be too soon to call me the next day. And then I never heard from him.