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->''"I am the Girl Anachronism!"''

'''Amanda [=MacKinnon=] [[Creator/NeilGaiman Gaiman]] Palmer''' (also known as "Amanda [[MetaphorIsMyMiddleName Fucking]] Palmer") is a singer, song-writer, pianist, former LivingStatue, and ukulele player. Before her music career, Palmer worked for years as a living statue called "The Eight Foot Bride". She then co-founded the "[[Creator/BertoltBrecht Brechtian]] punk cabaret" band (a term originally coined by her friends TheTigerLillies) The DresdenDolls, along with drummer Brian Viglione. They released three studio albums: their self-titled debut album was followed by the releases ''Yes, Virginia'' in 2006 and ''No, Virginia'' in 2008. The band went on hiatus in 2008, the same year Amanda released her solo album ''Who Killed Amanda Palmer''. Although they've done shows together since then, the band stays officially broken up.

She married Creator/NeilGaiman in January 2011, and released her second solo album, ''Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under'' later in the same month, with the first single, "Map of Tasmania", gaining much controversy. (It's a happy little song about pubes.) The album eventually charted at number 88 on the Billboard top 100 album list.

Most recently, she released an album with her newest band Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra called ''Theatre is Evil''. Palmer used the website Website/{{Kickstarter}} to raise funds to produce this album, and raised more money than any other musical Kickstarter up until that time. [[http://www.amandapalmer.net/shop/pay-what-you-want/ She released the album for free through her website,]] and then debuted on the Billboard top 100 Album list at number 10 due to the immense number of Kickstarter pre-orders.

Her songs vary wildly in style and topics, with many featuring some DarkHumor and subject material. Most of them are chock full of nice puns, and there's a strong running theme of children's songs in a new grownup context. Amanda's also known for performing covers of whatever she feels like -- ranging from {{Radiohead}}, to classic musicals, to Music/BlackSabbath, to BritneySpears. She also once did a parody of Music/RebeccaBlack's song Friday from the perspective of a truck-stop prostitute.

Along with JasonWebley and Sxip Shirey, she spent much of 2010 on tour with the EvelynEvelyn project.

Amanda and her new band The Grand Theft Orchestra are [[http://tickets.amandapalmer.net/ going on tour]]!

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!!This musician shows examples of:

* AudienceParticipation: Audience singalongs, audience sleepovers, audience makeshift-French-hotel-wine-parties.
* BodyPaint: Used to entertaining effect in her music video of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZCadqQY-Lw&feature=g-user-u "Want It Back"]](NSFW).
* BrokenAce: "The Perfect Fit" is a very good Broken Ace anthem.
* BrokenRecord: In the second verse of "Coin-Operated Boy".
* CountryMatters: "So we hide from the cunts/On a night reconnaissance" from Night Reconnaissance.
* EpicRocking: "Mandy Goes to Med School" has been known to become this in concert. It's a song about a pair of backstreet abortionists, yeah.
* FanService: Sometimes spiraling into FullFrontalAssault. What is this "modesty" you speak of?
* FilleFatale: "Missed Me"
* FreezeFrameBonus: Palmer's purple "Map of Tasmania" ([[UnusualEuphemism pubic hair]]) can be briefly seen about 5 or 6 seconds into the video, before appearing in all its glory at 0:35.
* IronicEcho: A standby.
** "Night Reconisannce" has one where the song starts off with the narrator being yelled at as a satanist worshiper, among other labels, and by the end of the song they've started calling themselves such with pride.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Slide".
** "The saddest note in the world"
* LyricalDissonance: Many of her songs, but "Oasis" takes the cake.
** To clarify, the song is about a girl getting raped at a party and then going to get an abortion, It's presented with a very upbeat tone, almost entirely in major chords. One time in concert, she tried performing the song the way critics thought the song should have sounded: much slower, and with a depressing tone, replete with lots of minor chords. Halfway through the first verse, she says, "fuck it" and goes back to playing the song as originally written.
* MadnessMantra: "I'm not the killing type, I'm not the killing type, I'm not, I'm not..."
** To elaborate, in "The Killing Type" she lists her profound frustration with a significant other, all while insisting that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial she's not the killing type]]. The whole thing steadily turns more and more violent and eventually devolves into her simply yelling '''"Die! Die! Die! Die!"''', and finishes by meekly repeating once more: "[[BlatantLies I'm not the killing type]]..."
* TheMusical: [[http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/onion-cellar The Onion Cellar]]
** And she once played the Emcee in a production of ''{{Cabaret}}''.
*** And she co-created a musical based on the NeutralMilkHotel albuml "In the Aeroplane over the Sea" called ''With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart''.
* RefugeInAudacity / CrossesTheLineTwice: "Oasis", especially the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C17yfGyJjM music video]].
* SanitySlippageSong: "Girl Anachronism", "Runs in the Family", and many others.
** "Guitar Hero" is another one with some serious SanitySlippage...
* SelfBackingVocalist: Done on "Half Jack."
* ShoutOut: ''[[TwinPeaks Who Killed]] [[strike:Laura]] Amanda [[TwinPeaks Palmer?]]''
** From "Good Day", a ShoutOut to GloriaGaynor ("I should have changed that stupid lock (...) I will survive"):
--> I'd love to have you up to see the place... I'd like to do more than survive, I'd like to rub it in your face!"
** From "Jeep Song":
--> I see a red jeep and I want to [[Music/TheRollingStones paint it black!]]"
** From "Sing":
--> [[{{Cabaret}} Life is no cabaret!]]"
** "Oasis" contains references to Music/{{Blur}} and, yes, {{Oasis}}.
** "The Killing Type" references Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera:
--> I walk New Orleans with a knife / like Mackie hidden out of sight...
** "Do It With A Rockstar" includes:
--> Do you wanna [[Music/BritneySpears hit me, baby, one more time?]]
* TheSomethingSong: "The Jeep Song", "The Sheep Song", "The Bed Song" and her cover of Music/NickCave's "The Ship Song".
* StealthPun: In ''every single song.''
** From "Guitar Hero":
--> It's a hit!
** From "Girl Anachronism":
--> I'm not right now at all.
** From "Sex Changes":
--> You'll never hear the little pitter patter pitter patter of this little feat of engineering...
--> It leaves you feeling pretty hollow...
*** This entire song could stand as an example, title included. Depending on which parts you take literally and which you take as metaphors, the song is either about a person considering gender reassignment surgery (a literal sex change), someone who has taken up self-abuse to deal with the shame of losing their virginity to someone who didn't actually love them (sex changed the their relationship), or someone who had an abortion (sex changed their life, essentially).
** From "Half-Jack":
--> You'll learn to hear the difference
--> Between the halves and the half-nots.
** From "Ultima Esperanza":
--> She lost her legs in a car crash three years ago,
--> [[DarkHumor She doesn't get around much.]]
* WardrobeMalfunction: When the ''[[BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' reported on a nipple slip and neglected to discuss anything else about her concert, she responded epically by writing them a song that devastatingly {{deconstructed}} the trope's misogynist undertones. During which she proceeded to outright [[{{Defied}} defy]] the trope by [[RefugeInAudacity stripping completely naked onstage]]. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY8qkJSQJ8M Link NSFW]].)

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