In addition, she signed another local San Francisco band, 2 Lane Blacktop.
The year 1998 saw Perry appearing and performing on CNN as part of a special on music and the Internet—how independent artists are cutting out the major labels.
Her arrival in San Francisco would mark the beginning of a career in music, though not before waiting tables, working coat-check, and working at a pizzeria.
In San Francisco, Perry lived in a small, windowless room, and would play her guitar and sing her own songs on city streets.
In a 2011 Rolling Stone interview, while promoting her most recent band, Deep Dark Robot, Perry was quoted saying, "I wasn't really a big fan of my band" due to the "fluffy polished bullshit" sound of Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
As a teenager in San Diego, she had pursued an interest in music, playing the guitar and auditioning for all-girl cover bands.
In 1997, Perry produced a film, Pink as the Day She Was Born, featuring cameos by Les Claypool of Primus and comedian Margaret Cho.
She also launched her own record label, Rockstar Records, for the primary purpose of releasing a CD of band Stone Fox.
Also in 2002, she made an appearance on a solo record of Gordon Gano, Hitting the Ground, performing the song "So It Goes." Perry made a live appearance at a DKNY benefit show in Los Angeles, where she joined Slash on stage for a version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." In 2005, Perry was a performer at ASCAP's showcase at the Sundance Film Festival.
In August 2006, she played piano on Christina Aguilera's performance of "Hurt" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Interscope insisted on choosing the album's producer; the production team selected was Bill Bottrell and members of the Tuesday Night Music Club, who had recently produced Sheryl Crow's debut.