There's people screaming just like they should... but you don't even know if you're good.
"I am the Girl Anachronism!"Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer
(also known as "Amanda Fucking
Palmer") is a singer, song-writer, pianist, former Living Statue
, 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 "Brechtian
punk cabaret" band (a term originally coined by her friends The Tiger Lillies
) The Dresden Dolls
, 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 Neil Gaiman
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 Kickstarter
to raise funds to produce this album, and raised more money than any other musical Kickstarter up until that time. 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 Dark Humor
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 Black Sabbath
, to Britney Spears
. She also once did a parody of Rebecca Black
's song Friday from the perspective of a truck-stop prostitute.
Along with Jason Webley
and Sxip Shirey, she spent much of 2010 on tour with the Evelyn Evelyn
Amanda and her new band The Grand Theft Orchestra are going on tour
In 2014 Amanda released a book called ''The Art of Asking''
, which is part-memoir, part philosophy, and an expansion of her TED talk.
This musician shows examples of:
- Audience Participation: Audience singalongs, audience sleepovers, audience makeshift-French-hotel-wine-parties.
- Body Paint: Used to entertaining effect in her music video of "Want It Back"(NSFW).
- Broken Ace: "The Perfect Fit" is a very good Broken Ace anthem.
- Broken Record: In the second verse of "Coin-Operated Boy".
- Country Matters: "So we hide from the cunts/On a night reconnaissance" from Night Reconnaissance.
- Epic Rocking: "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 Full-Frontal Assault. What is this "modesty" you speak of?
- Fille Fatale: "Missed Me"
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Palmer's purple "Map of Tasmania" (pubic hair) can be briefly seen about 5 or 6 seconds into the video, before appearing in all its glory at 0:35.
- Ironic Echo: 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.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Slide".
- "The saddest note in the world"
- Lyrical Dissonance: Many of her songs, but "Oasis" takes the cake. 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.
- Madness Mantra: "I'm not the killing type, I'm not the killing type, I'm not, I'm not..." In "The Killing Type" she lists her profound frustration with a significant other, all while insisting that 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: "I'm not the killing type..."
- The Musical: The Onion Cellar
- And she once played the Emcee in a production of Cabaret.
- And she co-created a musical based on the Neutral Milk Hotel albuml "In the Aeroplane over the Sea" called With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart.
- Refuge in Audacity / Crosses the Line Twice: "Oasis", especially the music video.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Girl Anachronism", "Runs in the Family", and many others.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Done on "Half Jack."
- Shout-Out: Who Killed
Laura Amanda Palmer?
- From "Good Day", a Shout-Out to Gloria Gaynor ("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!"
I walk New Orleans with a knife / like Mackie hidden out of sight...
- "Do It With A Rockstar" includes:
- The Something Song: "The Jeep Song", "The Sheep Song", "The Bed Song" and her cover of Nick Cave's "The Ship Song".
- Stealth Pun: In every single song.
It's a hit!
I'm not right now at all.
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).
You'll learn to hear the difference
Between the halves and the half-nots.
She lost her legs in a car crash three years ago,
- Wardrobe Malfunction: When the 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 defy the trope by stripping completely naked onstage. (Link NSFW.)