Fiona Apple (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist.
Apple gained worldwide acclaim for her 1996 debut album, Tidal
, which was an overall debut album success. At the age of nineteen she received a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
, Apple's next albums were also critical and commercial successes, though in the latter area not as much as her first. Over the years the singer has maintained a unique sound with mixes of jazz, rock and soul.
- Tidal (1996)
- When The Pawn... (1999) Full Title
- Exraordinary Machine (2005)
- The Idler Wheel... (2012) Full Title
- Adorkable: Quite often in interviews.
- Award Bait Song: A quite unorthodox one, Dull Tool was written for Judd Apatow's This Is 40 and is therefore eligible for a 2012 Oscar-nomination.
- Big Applesauce
- Destructive Romance: Werewolf could be the theme-song:
I could liken you to a werewolf, the way you left me for dead
But I admit, that I provided a full moon
And I could liken you to a shark, the way you bit off my head
But then again I was waving around a bleeding open wound
But you were such a super guy, 'til the second you get a wiff of me
We're like a wishing well and a bolt of electricity
But we can still support each other, all we gotta do is avoid each other
Nothing wrong when a song ends in a minor key...
- Careful With That Axe: The Idler Wheel has Fiona's most vicious vocals to date, but everything before pales in comparison to the demented howl she lets out on "Regret":
Oh, I ran out of white dove feathers, to soak up the hot piss that comes through your mouth, every time you address me!
- Cover Song: Buddy Holly's "Everyday", Cy Coleman's "Why Try To Change Me Now" and "I Walk A Little Faster", "Sally's Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elvis Costello's "I Want You", and the most well known one, The Beatles "Across The Universe". She also does a range of jazz-standards when performing live. On the other hand, her own song "Criminal" is very popular with others.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Raped in her own apartment at age 12. A lifetime of anxiety, OCD and eating-disorders followed.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Her full name is Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, the latter half very sensibly kept out of her artist name.
- Executive Meddling: A rather infamous one at that, though whether or not it ever actually occured isn't entirely clear. Her third album Extraordinary Machine was reportedly shelved indefinitely by her label for not having any potential hits, and infuriated fans founded a campaign called "Free Fiona" to make the release happen. In the aftermath Fiona said she herself had chosen to shelve it, unsatisfied with the results her sessions with Jon Brion had produced. The released version is produced by Mike Elizondo, Brion's unreleased version can be found online.
- Hope Spot: "Paper Bag". Fiona is having a crappy day and spots a white dove in the sky, thinking this is a sign of better things to come she gets incredibly optimistic. But alas:
But as it came down near, so did a weary tear; I thought it was a bird but it was just a paper bag...
- Long Title: Two albums of hers have had poems as titles, her second one (Shortened as When The Pawn...) consists of 90+ words and had at one point the World Record for Longest Album Title.
- Nice Girl: Often described by fans who've met her as very sweet and friendly and comes across as such in interviews.
- Older Than They Look: She's now 35 but looks in her mid twenties at the most.
- Performance Anxiety: Has had some infamous incidents of on-stage meltdowns, at one point screaming at her audience:
"You're not real!!"
- Poe's Law: Not everyone realized that the video for Criminal was satire and lambasted her for promoting the very thing she criticized elsewhere. The digs at her weight were especially unfortunate since Fiona was at the time severely anorexic.
- Rape as Backstory
- Reclusive Artist / Shrinking Violet: She's made it known that she prefers to stay at home, actively tries to shy away from the glitz and glamour.
- Self-Deprecation: The gist of her work concerns her own personal issues, often in a cheery fashion ("Better Version of Me", "Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)").
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Has acknowledged a fondness for obscure and exotic words, from Left Alone:
You made your major overtures, when you were a sure and orotund mutt
And I was still a dewy petal, rather than a moribund slut
Conversation once colored by esteem, became duologue as a diagram of a play for blood
Took a vacation, my palate got clean
Now I could taste your agenda, while you're spitting your cud
- Singer Songwriter
- Sophisticated as Hell: This rather poetic putdown from Regret:
I ran out of white dove feathers, to soak up the hot piss that comes through your mouth
- Stage Name: Averted. Her full name is Fiona Apple Mc Afee Maggart.
- Stealth Pun: Fiona has admitted in interviews that titling her first album Tidal is one. In most American Accents, "tidal" and "title" are homophones.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Would You ever believe that she created an album as Brilliant and mature as Tidal at only eighteen?