It’s been 18 years since your last solo album. Why so long?
When I was promoting [1996’s Man], I could feel the chaos of that pop treadmill closing in on me a little bit. I’m a mother of three children. I needed to slow down and pay attention to the most important people in my life. But I’ve always been working, collaborating with people like Gorillaz, Groove Armada and a band called Cirkus.
Your new album Blank Project also helped you deal with your mother’s death in 2009.
Making music, that’s how I process stuff, and it was definitely incredibly healing. I worked with my husband [of 24 years, producer Cameron McVey]. We have a long-time collaborative thing – as well as our marriage!
Can you believe it’s been 25 years since your big hit “Buffalo Stance”?
How bizarre is that? I still love singing it because it’s a celebration of your individual style. It’s a little bit timeless. To me, it’s like a much-loved member of my family. When we do shows to promote the new album, we’ll probably do a crazy version of it as an encore for a laugh.
You turn 50 on March 10 and you look great. What’s your secret?
I eat natural foods, drink fresh juices and do Bikram yoga. But I’m not crazed or obsessed. I’m definitely carrying a few more older pounds!