Megan: And I'm Megan.
Allie: And this is the Ren & Stimpy song.
What if your average pop-culture obsessed, geeky troper was combined with a pretty, stuggling female musician on YouTube? Then perhaps you'd have the teen hormone-drenched songs of Allison Beth Goertz (born March 2, 1991).
Combine the wit of Bo Burnham, a modern folk feel voice, all the nostalgic shows and geeky references you can handle with a wonderful high voice and an introspective, melancholy twist. Fan fiction-y songs often revolving around the inner termoil of fictional characters, unrequited love and adolescent angst. These expriences are undoubtedly mined from her personal life as great art often is (just gender swapped, as most of her characters are male). These songs are often Bathos, combining your sympathy for characters like Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks with quiet one-liners. Sometimes she sings with back up singer Megan, Allie has been described by one Youtube commenter as being like "Jonathan Coulton sans beard", probably because of her unsual song subject matter, indie feel while still having a geeky appeal; as they sympathize with their socially inept, obsessive, and sad protagonists.
In addition to her musical work, shes co-hosted a couple of podcasts and served as a social media producer for @midnight and an editor for MAD magazine during its short-lived West Coast reboot. She's also dabbled in acting, even appearing in an episode of Arrested Development.
Allie Goertz and her music contain the following tropes:
- Ambiguously Bi: Her song for Megan describes the titular love interest as her first female crush.
- Break Up Song: The Ren & Stimpy song, with Homoerotic Subtext as fitting the series. Hookers and Blow are mentioned, minus the blow.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Her song "Open Letter to Myself (Elitism)" finds her chiding herself for her own pop culture snobbery. Some might label it Hipster although she is aware of her so-called elitism and writes a sort of self-deprecating song. She is not promoting pride in the obscure (or to be pious in one's interests), like a hipster would, but rather poking fun at it.
- Concept Album/New Sound Album: A Rick and Morty-related concept album with a now more Electronic feel. It's available on iTunes. Her style before that was folk.
- Fascinating Eyebrow
- Filk Song
- Give Geeks a Chance: "Everything's Coming Up Milhouse", a Simpsons filk song. Invoked in the cover, "Lamer than Lame".
- Hollywood Nerd: She loves pop culture and has a somewhat awkward stage persona, but also has crystalline blue eyes behind her Nerd Glasses and is quite pretty.
- Just for Pun: Her series of Cover Songs with the apt title "Under the Covers".
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: HerSimpsons-themed song "Everything's Coming Up Milhouse" references a made-up word but not the trope namer. ("Life has given you lemons, you've squozen your supply"). A Shout-Out to the episode "Lemon of Troy", this sound abounds with Simpsons quotes.
- Shout-Out: Her songs have referenced such works as The Hobbit, Dungeons & Dragons, Breaking Bad, and Pee-wee's Playhouse in addition to those already mentioned.
- "it's log, log, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood, it's log, it's log, it's better than bad, it's good" —"''Thanks