I'm not a fan of Cher, says Cher as she claims her own music is "crap"

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Cher has described her 1990s output as “crap” and said she hates her biggest hit, Believe, which went to number one in 23 countries but which she remembers as “a nightmare”.  Credit: AP

Plenty of people are averse to Cher’s music. And one of those people is Cher.

The singer has described her 1990s output as “crap” and said she hates her biggest hit, Believe, which went to number one in 23 countries but which she remembers as “a nightmare”.

She also dislikes her hit 1970s singles, including Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves.

“I’m not a Cher fan. I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in that direction,” she said, in a refreshingly honest interview with Billboard magazine, adding that she would rather make music in the style of Bruce Springsteen or Joni Mitchell.

Cher performs onstage during her "Dressed To Kill" tour opener at US Airways Center in 2014. Credit: Getty Images 

The album she regards as her worst is It’s A Man’s Word, released in 1995. “Crap. I don’t remember what’s on it. I didn’t like any of it,” she said.

Only her 1989 song, If I Could Turn Back Time, escaped censure.

Cher pronounced it's “OK.”

She had accepted that she should sing power ballads, she said, because “by that time, I figured out I wasn’t going to ever be the Eagles”.

Sonny and Cher in the 1960s  Credit: Rex Features

The star, who celebrates her 71st birthday on Saturday, continues to perform her hits with a residency in Las Vegas.

“I don’t like getting old. I’m shocked that I can still run across the stage at my age. I thought I’d be dead.”

Next month, Cher will receive a Billboard Icon Award recognising a career of hits that began with I Got You Babe in 1965. “‘Icon’ is a stupid word,” she said.

Her career has had several acts, from partnering Bono, striking out as a solo artist and becoming an Oscar-winning actress.

Cher has described her 1990s output as “crap”. Credit: John Cobb

Now she is one of the most popular people on Twitter, regularly sending out messages to her 3.3 million followers that include regular swipes at Donald Trump

“I seem to be able to keep tapping into [the culture]. Like Twitter. How? At my age?,” she said.

“Since Trump was elected, I have to hide my telephone, because I’m so outraged. Twitter is like a drug. It creeps into your life and you have to say, ‘Time to put a stop to this. I’m a grown-up.’”

The singer is working on a Broadway musical about her life and career with Rick Elice, the writer of Jersey Boys, and Jeffrey Seller, producer of the smash hit Hamilton. It is scheduled to open in 2018.

The interview disclosed that Cher’s hotel suite in Las Vegas is so grand that it features an indoor swimming pool.

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